Did you know that the first model of a helicopter was a toy made in France in 1784? The helicopter has come a long way since then and is now used for private travel, military work, and first responder operations. Today, helicopters are popular alternatives to planes in many scenarios.
Owning a personal helicopter is not cheap, but we have a guide that will teach you about the different types of helicopters, and how much you can expect to pay for one. Keep reading our guide to learn more about flying in style in a helicopter.
Flying a Helicopter
Before you even purchase your new helicopter, you will need to determine who will fly it. If you plan on flying the helicopter yourself you will need to obtain a fixed-wing pilot certificate. This certification can cost you anywhere from $8,000 – $10,000, so don’t forget about this hidden cost.
If you will not be obtaining a fixed-wing pilot certificate, you will need to hire a personal pilot for your helicopter. This is also an added expense depending on your agreement with the pilot and how often you plan on flying in your helicopter.
Different Types of Helicopters
Just like cars or planes, there are many different types of helicopters depending on what the helicopter will be used for. Here are a few helicopters for you to consider.
If you’re looking for a starter model helicopter the Mosquito Air is a good place to start. It only has one seat so you will have to be the pilot in this helicopter. However, this is a great model for short solo flights for fun or practice.
The Robinson R22 is an economical option for those looking for luxury. This model has two seats to that you can bring a passenger on your travels.
Bell 505 Jet Ranger
If you are looking to transport more people the Bell 5050 is a good model for you. With five seats and a luxurious and spacious feel, this is a great option for a lightweight aircraft.
Eurocopter Mercedes-Benz EC145
You likely recognize the maker of this helicopter, Mercedes-Benz. This helicopter will give you a luxurious flying experience. It’s designed for the VIP travel of the elite.
How Much Does a Helicopter Cost?
Helicopters can range in price anywhere from about $37,500 to $21,000,000 and beyond. You can find a ranking of the price of helicopters from high to low in this blog post. The price of a helicopter ultimately depends on how many seats it has, how far it can travel, and what it is made for.
It’s important to find the right helicopter for you and your needs because buying one is a huge expense. There are plenty of helicopters out there to choose from so take your time to find the best fit.
Get Your Own Helicopter
Now that you know the ins and outs of a helicopter and it’s potential costs, it’s time to get your own. Travel in style with a helicopter.
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