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Aerospatiale SA-315 Lama
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utility
one
Turbomeca Astazou
550 hp.
42' 3"
10' 1"
43' 4"
2,258 lbs.
4,300 lbs.
151 US gallons
91 mph
130 mph
1,085 fpm
17,700 feet
320 miles
1970






On June 12, 1972 Jean Boulet piloted the Aerospatiale SA-315 Lama to a helicopter absolute world altitude record of 40,820 feet.

The SA-315 Lama is designed to operate in the thin air of hot climates and at high altitudes. It is derived from the Aerospatiale SE.3150 Alouette. While the Alouette uses a 870 hp Turbomeca Astazou IIIB engine, the engine on the Lama produces less sea level power, but it is more efficient at higher altitudes.

The Lama was originally conceived as piston engine powered. When the designed was changed to include the Turbomeca Astazou engine it became the first production turbine powered helicopter in the world.

While Aerospatiale ceased production of the Lama in 1989, HAL, India, continues to produce them  to this day, under a license agreement.



XHeli rc SA-315 Lama.


XHeli has a rc SA-315 Lama with contra rotating rotors. Length is 16.7" and it is driven by two included 180 motors. It is pictured above.

Hirobo has three sizes of SA-315 Lama rc helicopters for sale.

For those looking for a large rc helicopter, Hirobo has the rc SA-315 Lama in 1/5 scale. It is 80" long and is powered by a 35 cc engine. Weight of the 1/5 scale radio control helicopter is around 29 pounds.

If you do your flying indoors you may want to check out the Hirobo rc SA-315 Lama pictured immediately below. It is 14" long and weighs just 185 grams. Power for the micro size rc helicopter comes from a pair of motors.

Pictured next below is the Hirobo .30 size rc SA-315 Lama. Length is 43" and weight is about 7 lbs. Power can come from .32 to .50 size engines.

Global-RC also has a rc SA-315 Lama for indoor flying.  It has a length of 17", and a height of 6.7".  Counter rotating main rotor blades give it extra stability. Included are the motor, a transmitter, gyro, mixer board, receiver, servos, charger and battery.   Weight is 7.3 oz.

Vario has a fuselage kit for sale of the rc SA-315 Lama to fit VR-22 mechanics. Its length is 85" and width is 14". Rotor diameter is 85" and weight is about 30 lbs.

Please email us about your favorite Lama RC helicopter.



Radio Control Helicopter
Hirobo rc SA-315 Lama helicopter.


The rc SA-315 Lama from Hirobo.


Radio Control Helicopter
The Vario rc SA-315 Lama.