A-Star Helicopter

The Eurocopter AS350 AStar is the aircraft of choice for gyro-stabilized ball mount shooting among aerial cinematographers, news videographers and camera ship pilots alike. The AS350 AStar has the power to handle external loads in “hot and high” conditions and still maintain adequate maximum airspeed. Constructed using composite materials this aircraft provides a smooth, vibrationless shooting platform ensuring highly stable ball mount photography at extremely long focal lengths, a crucial consideration for background plates and/ or undercranked shots. Along with the increase in performance capability comes a larger cabin, and the Wolfe Air A-Star has the added advantage of sliding doors on both sides.


For general reference only. The following specifications are for the EUROCOPTER AS350 ASTAR. They do not consider the altered weight-and-balance characteristics or resulting restrictions on in-flight performance with installed camera mounting systems.

  • Gyron HD
  • All camera systems compatible with A-Star mount
  • Main rotor diameter: 35.1 ft (10.7 m)
  • Length overall: 42.45 ft (12.9 m)
  • Cabin doors: 3.75 ft (1.1 m) H x 3.6 ft (1.09 m) W
  • Empty weight: 2,561 lbs (1,162 kg)
  • Maximum takeoff weight: 4,960 lbs (2,250 kg)
  • Maximum takeoff weight (w/ external load): 5,512 lbs (2,480 kg)
  • Velocity Never to Exceed: 155 kts/178 mph (287 kmh)
  • Maximum cruise speed: 133 kts/153 mph (246 kmh)
  • Service ceiling: 15,100 ft (4,602 m)
  • Hover ceiling – Hover In Ground Effect: 9,850 ft (3,002 m)
  • Hover ceiling – Hover Outside Ground Effect: 7,550 ft (2,301 m)
  • Standard range: 360 nm (667 km)
  • Vertical rate of climb: 1,670 fpm
  • Powerplant: 1 Turbom├ęca Arriel 1B
  • Maximum takeoff power: 732 Shaft Horsepower