How Much Does a Helicopter Cost?

Updated on April 21, 2020
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Have you ever wondered how much a new helicopter costs? Here's the low-down.
Have you ever wondered how much a new helicopter costs? Here's the low-down. | Source

How Much Is a Helicopter?

Model
Price
1. Robinson R-22
$250,000
2. Robinson R-44 Raven I
$340,000
3. Robinson R-44 Raven II
$415,000
4. Bell B206 JetRanger
$700,000
4. Eurocopter EC120 Colibri Hummingbird
$1,700,000
The features of these helicopters is described fully below.

5 Popular Helicopters Listed From Cheapest to Most Expensive

Have you ever wondered how much a helicopter costs?

I have too. In fact, I’m sure lots of people have wondered about the price of a helicopter. I decided to do some research and write this article to give people a realistic ballpark price range for common and popular helicopter models. I’m going to start with the cost of a basic, low-end helicopter, then work up to some of the more advanced and expensive helicopters.

Generally, the first thing to decide if you are looking at the cost of a helicopter is whether you are after a smaller two-seater or a larger multi-passenger model. One of the most popular brands in the world when it comes to helicopters is Robinson. Although at one time, Bell manufactured more helicopters than any other company (primarily due to the popularity of their B206 JetRanger), Robinson helicopters are now renowned for costing less to buy and run. Read on for a price comparison chart and additional info about some of the most commonly purchased helicopters available to the public.

The lightweight and responsive R-22 is a popular choice for those seeking a lower-cost helicopter.
The lightweight and responsive R-22 is a popular choice for those seeking a lower-cost helicopter. | Source

1. Robinson R-22

Considered by many to be one of the world’s most economical helicopters, the R-22 carries a base list price of about $250,000 brand new. There are also plenty of excellent deals to be found on good-quality used R-22s, usually starting from around $100,000–$150,000.

Due to the R-22’s cheap operating costs, it is often used as a training helicopter. This lightweight two-seater has very low inertia which allows it to be extremely responsive to flight control inputs. In short, it is fun to fly. However, the R-22 is not very forgiving of pilot-error or sluggishness and as such is not recommended for beginners or those without much flying experience.

Price: Approx. $250,000

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The Raven models are considered by many to be better personal helicopters than the R22, but they come at higher prices. (Pictured is the Raven I.)The Raven models are considered by many to be better personal helicopters than the R22, but they come at higher prices. (Pictured is the Raven II.)
The Raven models are considered by many to be better personal helicopters than the R22, but they come at higher prices. (Pictured is the Raven I.)
The Raven models are considered by many to be better personal helicopters than the R22, but they come at higher prices. (Pictured is the Raven I.) | Source
The Raven models are considered by many to be better personal helicopters than the R22, but they come at higher prices. (Pictured is the Raven II.)
The Raven models are considered by many to be better personal helicopters than the R22, but they come at higher prices. (Pictured is the Raven II.) | Source

2–3. Robinson R-44 Raven I & II

The Robinson R-44 Raven line is a very popular choice among flying experts. Many argue it is the worlds best model for personal ownership regardless of price. It has four seats and comes in two models, the Raven I and the Raven II.

The Raven models are heavier than the R-22, which allows them to fly through wind gusts and turbulent air more solidly. They are also much safer to fly as "training helicopters" because they allow pilots several additional seconds to activate autorotation, a feature used to land during an engine failure.

Price:

  • Raven I: Approx. $340,000
  • Raven II: Approx. $415,000

Bell's B206 JetRanger can seat five people including the pilot, but comes at more than twice the cost of Robinson's Raven I.
Bell's B206 JetRanger can seat five people including the pilot, but comes at more than twice the cost of Robinson's Raven I. | Source

4. Bell B206 JetRanger

The five-seater Bell B206 JetRanger is another very popular helicopter, both with military personnel and civilians. It has a two-blade main rotor and a two-blade tail rotor. This model and all of its variants are what have kept Bell Helicopters on par with the Robinson line in terms of popularity. It costs considerably more than the R-44, but is also a little larger.

Price: Approx. $700,000

By far the most expensive helicopter on this list, the lightweight EC120 Colibri Hummingbird has a 5-passenger capacity and comes equipped with a variety of high-end safety features.
By far the most expensive helicopter on this list, the lightweight EC120 Colibri Hummingbird has a 5-passenger capacity and comes equipped with a variety of high-end safety features.

5. Eurocopter EC120 Colibri Hummingbird

The Eurocopter EC120 is a very quiet and comfortable helicopter, but it does come with a high price tag that reflects its advantageous features. Considering it has five seats and a single-engine and rotor, it is a relatively light helicopter. It is also equipped with numerous crash-resistant technology systems involving both the seats and the fuel system.

Price: Approx. $1,700,000

Are You Buying a Helicopter?

If you are interested in purchasing your own helicopter, then you're probably looking at a price tag of anywhere from $250,000–$1,700,000. Depending on whether you want a small, responsive two-seater or a spacious five-seater with state-of-the-art safety features, you could be spending anywhere from a quarter-million to almost two!

Obviously there are numerous factors to consider (training costs, operational costs, storage costs, etc.), but hopefully you now have a realistic idea about the upfront cost associated with purchasing a new helicopter. Whether you were just curious or are seriously considering buying one, now you're in the know!

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

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      Dré Scott 

      2 weeks ago

      Hey guys this is sick

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      Elvis 

      3 weeks ago

      The private hospital ambulance model of this Eurocopter EC120 Colibri

      Hummingbird would cost how much?

      i would appreciate urgent reply!

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      benard koech 

      7 weeks ago

      have been dreaming and wishing to have 1 soon,helis are my best flying dude

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      Hafizul Afra 

      7 weeks ago

      I like the black bell one.

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      Trey Sumler 

      2 months ago

      Ooooooh I want a helicopter

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      prasun kunwar 

      2 months ago

      to earn huge amount of money and buy private jet and helicopter for my parents

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      Roy 

      2 months ago

      I think I will take 2 of the Eurocopters.

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      Pludo 

      3 months ago

      sup bois

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      MOHAMMAD ARSHAD JALALI 

      3 months ago

      What is the fuel consumption?

      How cost maintenance per year?

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      Bhila David 

      4 months ago

      It's possible for me to buy helicopter

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      Aarush Modi 

      5 months ago

      Scary after Kobe’s death. RIP with the greats

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      Lyndon G. Santos 

      5 months ago

      owning a helicopter now a days is Pleasurable as well as Profitable. can some one point me were can i find some data on how to make frofit in owning a helicopter.

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      Kester Davidson 

      6 months ago

      My dream to be

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      Carlos 

      6 months ago

      Actually we did wonder how much a Helicopter costs.

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      Godfrey 

      6 months ago

      Dreaming since childhood to become a pilot, anyone to assist please

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      edu rono 

      7 months ago

      Add Your Comment.if i buy today the company trained me to be a pilot with other helicopter coz i buy for my not to employed pilot.

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      Apostle Alonge 

      8 months ago

      I love the five seater and its features mainly for my ministerial assignment on crusades others. Trusting God for it shortly.

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      Kumar 

      8 months ago

      I will buy on credit card & will pay EMI uptill my next births coming....

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      samuel 

      8 months ago

      If I bring a client do i get a commission ?

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      Mantas 

      8 months ago

      So either this... Or a lamborghini look out Jake Paul is about to get a helicopter license

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      King khan 

      8 months ago

      How I am buy it?

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      AYUSH SINGH RAJPUT 

      9 months ago

      I AM BUY A HELICOPTER ONE DAY

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      Adîl mirza 

      9 months ago

      One day i will buy .

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      Raj kumar jaiswal 

      9 months ago

      I like one day flying

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      Ranjit Kumar 

      10 months ago

      It's my dream one day I will buy

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      Daniel 

      11 months ago

      Thanks for the information

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      Vivek singh 

      12 months ago

      How I want buy

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      sultanumer.can@gmail.com 

      12 months ago

      i will buy one day

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      bahaddin 

      12 months ago

      Hello could you explain to me about final price and shipping

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      Harrison 

      13 months ago

      Thanks for the information

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      RAJESH KUMAR 

      13 months ago

      we are not for helicopter but helicopter is for us

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      Survesh tripathi 

      13 months ago

      Its 1.20 cr. To 6 cr. So can be buy. But first i will find need, then i buy. Because passion is only for some day but need is for forever.

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      Stuti tiwari 

      14 months ago

      My dream is buy a helicopter & one day I will buy......

      U.P.

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      Usman khan 

      15 months ago

      I want to fly but i have no Helicaptor

      some one please gift me

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      james 

      15 months ago

      I need a 2 seat helicopter

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      sunil 

      16 months ago

      my dream is to buy some types of chopper in my whole life

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      Virendra Kumar Yadav 

      16 months ago

      Dharasuna cholapur Varanasi u.p. India

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      K-air 

      16 months ago

      Helicopter pics are super cool...

      http://www.k-aircharters.com/

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      J man 

      17 months ago

      We will buy 1 day

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      anil Kumar 

      17 months ago

      1 day i Will buy

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      mukisa henry 

      17 months ago

      am looking for a used four seats helicopter but the price is starting at how much in us dollars?

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      Sachin verma 

      17 months ago

      I was thinking about that first of all question is arise every one .what is the cost of it.

      I want to fly in the sky

      This is my dream

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      kyle\ 

      18 months ago

      nice ariticle

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      Steve B 

      20 months ago

      It's about time someone put this list together. I've been chopper-shoppin' for months and couldn't find a good resource to compare the different makes and models. I was going to buy the Raven I, but I don't want to look cheap.

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      sunil jaiswal 

      20 months ago

      can i buy a helicopter personally.

      how much it cost in indian rupees

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      Kenneth Tetteh 

      20 months ago

      This article is great

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      Najeebsanni 

      21 months ago

      I want to be an aeronautic engineering please god help me with a helicopter

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      Braiden 

      21 months ago

      I like helecopters

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      md saif 

      21 months ago

      Insha Allah one day i will buy hlocptr

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      Sihail bhai 

      21 months ago

      Helecoptare

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      ali 

      22 months ago

      can u gift me a Helicopter.....

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      Anil kumre 

      23 months ago

      It's my dream please God help me

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      Francis 

      2 years ago

      We need this type of helicopter to fight crime in our country.

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      Arap Thuo 

      2 years ago

      This is the nearest i have come to understanding the cost of buying a helicopter...How about operational cost like fuel, insurance and tax?

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      Olan 

      2 years ago

      Thank you very much,

      finally a clear article about this topic.

      Good Flight at averyone !

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      MEL 

      2 years ago

      Tuesday, May,29.2018 - GOOD JOB, Tomsum ! I was looking for these information and I found your research on google.

      Really HELPFUL ! BE BLESSED !

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      Levi Tucker 

      2 years ago

      How much is a Agustawestland AW139 Turbine Helicopter.

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      teensavage 

      2 years ago

      most likey buying a helicopter in the future they are so affordable not even funny one would think they are expensive

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      Guadalupe Jurado 

      2 years ago

      Why does this cost so much to rent one

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      Afzal Hussain 

      2 years ago

      Very nice I like a bell206 jetRanger

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      José tafur 

      2 years ago

      Cicare helicopters from 80.0000 to 150.000 from Meza Arizona

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      Rajesh Aggarwal 

      2 years ago

      I always dreamt about buying a "Flying Bird".. Definitely its a great information very helpful to achieve my "Goal". Of course there are certain reservations also like pilot salary Hanger charges License etc... anyway all the information is really "Great.... atleast one can dream to have one

      Rajesh Aggarwal

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      India 

      2 years ago

      Wow it's reasonable cost. I will buy in future

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      GYAN 

      2 years ago

      Wow... My dream may be fulfilled in near future because of its price range..

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      Rahul raikwar 

      2 years ago

      My dream that i want to buy any one of them in future

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      venky 

      2 years ago

      My ever dream to buy this collibri humming bird is very nice.please help me god to make it occupied

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      Pakistan 

      2 years ago

      I will buy ;) ;)

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      Heidar Rasteh 

      3 years ago

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

      Kindly yours

      Heidar

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      vitaliabits 

      5 years ago

      How lovely how nice?

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      Josie 

      5 years ago

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

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      Muktar Hossain 

      6 years ago

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

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      Faizan 

      6 years ago

      Actually, firstly when i

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      Abdillah Mabrouk 

      6 years ago

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

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

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      nakesh nair 

      6 years ago

      It's very beautiful but no prices in Indian currency

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      geoenvirons 

      7 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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      Denni 

      7 years ago

      Ask and it is given.

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      Raby 

      7 years ago

      this is it

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      KAMAL 

      7 years ago

      CAN WE BRING IT TO NEPAL

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      Rose 

      8 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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      mrrainp 

      8 years ago

      I want to buy the latest one

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      bob 

      8 years ago

      thank you, this was very helpful!

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      rodrigo 

      8 years ago

      Very cool

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      John Janiszewski 

      8 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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      Emma 

      9 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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      tomsum 

      9 years ago from Australia

      @Money Glitch - Thanks!

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      Money Glitch 

      9 years ago from Texas

      Congrats on being selected as a HubNugget nominee. :)

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      tomsum 

      9 years ago from Australia

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

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      wendy87 

      9 years ago

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

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      tomsum 

      9 years ago from Australia

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

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      9 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: https://hubpages.com/hubnuggets6/hub/Hubnuggets-in... If not, just grab a helicopter and follow me!

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