Thursday, 6 May 2010
How much does a Helicopter cost?
Considered one of the world’s most economical helicopters, the R22 carries a base list price of about $250,000 brand new. But there are many excellent deals to be found for good quality used R-22’s, often starting from around $100,000 - $150,000. Due to the R-22’s cheap operating costs, it is often used as a training helicopter. The R-22 is a two seater, making it light and giving it a very low inertia, allowing it to be extremely responsive to flight control inputs. In short, it is fun to fly. However, the R22 is not forgiving of pilot error or sluggishness, and is not recommended as a training helicopter due to this.
Cost – USD $250,000
Robinson R-44 Raven
The Robinson R-44 Raven line is a very popular choice of helicopter among flying experts. Many argue it is the worlds best for personal ownership, regardless of the price. It has four seats and comes in two models, the Raven I and Raven II (with the Raven II being more expensive). It is heavier then the R-22 allowing it to ride through wind gusts and turbulence more solidly than the R22. It is also much safer to fly as a ‘training helicopter’ for numerous reasons, but specifically because it gives you several more seconds to activate what is called autorotation (used to land during an engine failure) which can only be a good thing.
Cost – Raven I – USD $340,000
Raven II – USD $415,000
` Bell B206 JetRanger
The five seater Bell B206 JetRanger is another very popular helicopter, both with military services and civilians. It has a two blade main rotor and a two blade tail rotor. This model and all of its variants is what has kept Bell Helicopters on par with the Robinson line. It does cost considerably more, but is also a little larger then the R-44.
Cost – USD $700,000
Eurocopter EC120 Colibri Hummingbird
The Eurocopter EC120 is a very quiet and comfortable helicopter, but it does come with the appropriate price tag that reflects its positives. With five seats and a single engine and rotor, it is a relatively light helicopter. It also implements numerous crash resistant systems for the seats and the fuel system.
Cost – USD $1,700,000
Thursday, 6 May 2010 by Lover boy · 2
If you loved this post
This post was written by: Franklin Manuel
Franklin Manuel is a professional blogger, web designer and front end web developer. Follow him on Twitter