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How Much Does a Helicopter Cost?

Updated on November 12, 2016

Have you ever wondered, ‘How much does a helicopter cost?'

Me too. In fact, I’m sure lots of people have wondered about the cost of a helicopter. So I decided to do some research and write this article to give people a realistic ballpark figure on how much a helicopter actually does cost to buy. No more vague hand waving gestures from friends or family members as they yell things ranging from thousands to millions. I’m going to start with the cost of a basic low-end helicopter and then work up to the more advanced and expensive helicopters. I will focus on the cost of a brand new helicopter, and may give a rough estimate at the cost of used models, but that will obviously vary dependent on size, price, and year.

Generally the first thing to decide if you are looking at the cost of a helicopter is whether you are after a 2-seater or a larger multi-passenger model.

One of the most popular brands in the world when it comes to helicopters is the Robinson. Although Bell Helicopter at one time made more helicopters then any other company in the world (although this was primarily on the strength of the B206 JetRanger), Robinson helicopters are renown for costing less to buy and run—and being generally more economical whilst not detracting from quality.

Helicopter Prices by Model

Model
Price
Robinson R-22
$250,000
Robinson R-44 Raven I
$340,000
Robinson R-44 Raven II
$415,000
Bell B206 JetRanger
$700,000
Eurocopter EC120 Colibri Hummingbird
$1,700,000
Robinson R-22
Robinson R-22

Robinson R-22

Considered one of the world’s most economical helicopters, the R-22 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-22s, 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 R-22 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
Robinson R-44

Robinson R-44 Raven

The Robinson R-44 Raven line is a very popular choice 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 than the R-22 allowing it to ride through wind gusts and turbulence more solidly than the R-22. 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

B206 JetRanger
B206 JetRanger

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 are what has kept Bell Helicopters on par with the Robinson line. It does cost considerably more, but is also a little larger than the R-44.

Cost: USD $700,000

EC120 Colibri Hummingbird
EC120 Colibri Hummingbird

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

So in conclusion, if you're interested in getting a helicopter, then you are looking at anywhere from USD $250,000 – $1,700,000, depending if you want a little two-seater or want to go all the way up to a five-seater. Obviously there are numerous other factors to consider (training costs, operational costs, storage costs, etc), but hopefully you now have a good and realistic idea the upfront cost! Whether you were just curious, or are seriously considering buying one, it’s always a fun bit of trivia to know.

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      Michelle Simtoco 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      tomsum, that's a pretty good question. Come to think of it, I never thought about asking coz I never thought of buying one. :) But now I know .. just in case! LOL

      Congratulations to your Hubnuggets nomination. Yes, your hub has been nominated in the Autos category. Yehey! This link will take you there: http://hubpages.com/hubnuggets6/hub/Hubnuggets-in-... If not, just grab a helicopter and follow me!

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      tomsum 6 years ago from Australia

      @ripplemaker - Wow, this is a really great surprise! Thanks a lot :)

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      wendy87 6 years ago

      the yellow helicopter in your hub is cool!!!!!! unique hub voted up

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      tomsum 6 years ago from Australia

      @wendy87 - Yeah the yellow one is my favourite too :) Thanks for your comment!

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      Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas

      Congrats on being selected as a HubNugget nominee. :)

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      tomsum 6 years ago from Australia

      @Money Glitch - Thanks!

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      Emma 6 years ago from Houston TX

      Thanks for article. atleast it will help most of us who have interest in buying it.

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      John Janiszewski 5 years ago from Flushing, Michigan

      cool hub! you can build your own home built experimental helicopter for about 65K. Just google "rotorway helicopter". It has a FEDEC controlled piston engine. If I was rich I would buy one :)

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      rodrigo 5 years ago

      Very cool

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      bob 5 years ago

      thank you, this was very helpful!

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      mrrainp 5 years ago

      I want to buy the latest one

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      Rose 5 years ago

      Thanks.Though thinking more on the line of a Sikorsky, an S-76 or S-92.They look more stable and secure,what do you think?

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      KAMAL 4 years ago

      CAN WE BRING IT TO NEPAL

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      Raby 4 years ago

      this is it

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      Denni 4 years ago

      Ask and it is given.

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      geoenvirons 4 years ago

      hi , kamal are u buying one and thinking it to take nepal..i am from nepal too..its too expensive..but we are crazy to buy it...so plz let me know i want to know..how u goin to decide...

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      nakesh nair 3 years ago

      It's very beautiful but no prices in Indian currency

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      Abdillah Mabrouk 3 years ago

      thank you,i always wondered ,how much these things cost!

      only wishies were horses.........!

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      Faizan 3 years ago

      Actually, firstly when i

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      Muktar Hossain 3 years ago

      wow!! Its a great..................lol

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      Josie 2 years ago

      wow! i want to buy the Colibri Hummingbird. it looks like my style!!

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      vitaliabits 2 years ago

      How lovely how nice?

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      tashik 21 months ago

      it's my day dream to by a helecopter.plz god help me.

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      vishnu aghav IND.MH44 20 months ago

      VERRY NIC 1DAM GAWDHAL....

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      adeydaryor michael 20 months ago

      all wat i tink in life is to bcom a pilot but i do'nt see d person dat we help me i luv helicubter but my prayer evry day is bee a pilot if u can help me my number is 09036061043 i am 25 years old am study at kwara state college of technology offa

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      Heidar Rasteh 3 weeks ago

      Thank you Tomsum, your research on helicopter prices was useful for me.

      Kindly yours

      Heidar

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      Krishan 20 hours ago

      Hi I am from sri lanka an my name is krishan. My job is www.lankarituals.com website. I want to know helicopters of costs? I want to but my own helicopter. Please send me helicopters if price lists to my mobile numbers 94770080577 or 94756594859 by means of text msg

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