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Helicopters, otherwise referred to as rotorcraft utilize rotor blades that propel quickly enough to provide the lift needed for flight. Unique from fixed-wing aircraft, helicopters are capable of vertical take-off and landing, making them ideal to operate into and out of tight spaces, and hovering (making them ideal for surveillance and inspection work).

 A wide range of turbine helicopters and piston helicopters are operated around the world, fulfilling an equally wide range of missions. The smallest manned piston helicopters seat just two people (including the pilot), whereas the largest multi-engine turbine helicopters can be configured to carry more than 12 passengers in luxury (plus crew).

 However, the key difference between turbine and piston helicopters, reflected in their name, is in their engine types…

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Airbus/Eurocopter BO 105 Exterior
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Airbus/Eurocopter BO 105

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Southern Africa, South Africa, For Sale by Next Aviation (Pty) Ltd
  • Year 2000
  • S/N TBD
  • Total Time 2437
Updated 05 Oct 2022
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McDonnell Douglas 520N

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Southern Africa, South Africa, For Sale by Next Aviation (Pty) Ltd
  • Year 1992
  • S/N TBD
  • Total Time 1836
Updated 21 Nov 2022
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Bell 505 Jetranger X

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Southern Africa, South Africa, For Sale by National Airways Corporation
  • Year 2018
  • S/N TBD
  • Total Time 145
The Bell Jet Ranger X is capable and flexible, whether you’re moving people or cargo. The sky is the
Updated 22 Feb 2024
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Robinson R44 Raven II

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Southern Africa, South Africa, For Sale by National Airways Corporation
  • Year 2015
  • S/N 13798
  • Total Time 2200
The R44 Raven II is an extraordinary helicopter with exceptional performance and reliability. Adaptable to a variety of missions, this
Updated 22 Feb 2024
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Bell 206B III

Price: USD $995,000
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Bell 206B III

Price: USD $995,000
Southern Africa, South Africa, For Sale by Aviation Sales International
  • Year 2009
  • S/N TBD
  • Total Time 1
• Fresh MPI Feb 2024 • No Damage History • All Logbooks Since New • 2 Owners Since New
Updated 21 Feb 2024
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Robinson R44 Raven II

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Southern Africa, South Africa, For Sale by Next Aviation (Pty) Ltd
  • Year 2007
  • S/N 12033
  • Total Time 3268
Updated 16 Feb 2024
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Robinson R44 Raven II

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Southern Africa, South Africa, For Sale by Next Aviation (Pty) Ltd
  • Year 2014
  • S/N 13759
  • Total Time 1371
Updated 16 Feb 2024
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McDonnell Douglas 530FF

Price: USD $1,895,000 Excl. VAT
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McDonnell Douglas 530FF

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Southern Africa, South Africa, For Sale by Next Aviation (Pty) Ltd
  • Year 1994
  • S/N 0105FF
  • Total Time 5820
Updated 15 Feb 2024
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Bell 505 Jetranger X

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Southern Africa, South Africa, For Sale by Ascend Aviation
  • Year 2018
  • S/N 65144
  • Total Time 145
Rotor Brake Barrier Inlet Filter Wire Protection Airconditioning
Updated 08 Feb 2024
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Bell 206L 4

Price: USD $1,350,000 Price Reduced
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Bell 206L 4

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Southern Africa, South Africa, For Sale by Pacific Airhub Aircraft Sales Ltd
  • Year 1996
  • S/N TBD
  • Total Time 6500
1996 BELL 206 L4 WITH NEW RADIO AND AVIONICS, LOW TOTAL TIME AND EXCELLENT COMPONENT TIMES. THIS HELICOPTER ALSO FEATURES A NEW
Updated 19 Jan 2024
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Bell 206B III

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Bell 206B III

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Southern Africa, South Africa, For Sale by Next Aviation (Pty) Ltd
  • Year 1979
  • S/N TBD
  • Total Time 6890
Updated 19 Jan 2024
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Aerospatiale Gazelle

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Southern Africa, South Africa, For Sale by Next Aviation (Pty) Ltd
  • Year 1981
  • S/N TBD
  • Total Time 5766
Updated 19 Jan 2024
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Airbus H120

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Airbus H120

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Southern Africa, South Africa, For Sale by Pacific Airhub Aircraft Sales Ltd
  • Year 2007
  • S/N TBD
  • Total Time 3674
This iconic H120 features air conditioning, Dart floats and a FDC barrier filter. It is also equipped with Dual Controls
Updated 13 Dec 2023
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Airbus/Eurocopter BO 105CBS-5

Price: USD $680,000 Excl. VAT
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Airbus/Eurocopter BO 105CBS-5

Price: USD $680,000 Excl. VAT
Southern Africa, South Africa, For Sale by MILQUIP SALES
  • Year 1988
  • S/N S-746
  • Total Time 6000
1988 MBB BO 105-5 supper lifter with only 6000hrs Absolute stunner with new paint job and interior done in 2023. Twin Turbine
Updated 03 Nov 2023
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Agusta A109S Grand

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West Africa, Nigeria, For Sale by Aradian Aviation
  • Year 2005
  • S/N 22004
  • Total Time 1950
Updated 27 Aug 2023
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Bell 206L 3

Price: USD $860,000
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Bell 206L 3

Price: USD $860,000
Southern Africa, South Africa, For Sale by Aviation Sales International
  • Year 1992
  • S/N TBD
  • Total Time 12873
• Great Component Hours Remaining • Recent Paint & Interior • High Skid Landing Gear • Dual Rotor Brake • Litter Kit Provisions • Garmin GNS 420 • Intellistart
Updated 21 Jan 2024
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Bell 412SP

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Bell 412SP

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Southern Africa, South Africa, For Sale by Aviation Sales International
  • Year 1991
  • S/N TBD
  • Total Time 13168
1. Off Market aircraft 2. Comes with a long list of spares 3. Always hangared 4. Excellent LLP times 5. Versatile cabin interiors
Updated 21 Jan 2024
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Bell 206L 3

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Bell 206L 3

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Southern Africa, South Africa, For Sale by Investment Aircraft
  • Year 1992
  • S/N TBD
  • Total Time 12873
Great Component Hours Remaining High Skid Landing Gear Dual Rotor Brake Litter Kit Provisions Garmin GNS 420 Intellistart System
Updated 27 Jun 2023
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Agusta A119 Koala

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Agusta A119 Koala

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Southern Africa, South Africa, For Sale by Investment Aircraft
  • Year 2002
  • S/N TBD
  • Total Time 2100
Extended Range/ Auxiliary Fuel 870 Litres Cargo Hook Provisions
Updated 02 Jun 2023
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Bell 206B III

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Bell 206B III

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Southern Africa, South Africa, For Sale by Aviation Sales International
  • Year 1996
  • S/N TBD
  • Total Time 4469
• Great Condition • Emergency Floatation Gear • High Visibility HR Blades • Wedge Windows • Floor Protectors • Rotor Brake • Dual Controls • Baggage Extender • Dual
Updated 21 Jan 2024
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FAQs: Helicopter for Sale

Here are the most Frequently Asked Questions for Helicopter for sale
  • Which are the top helicopter manufacturer companies today?

    Today’s leading turbine helicopter manufacturers include Airbus, Bell, Enstrom, Leonardo, MD Helicopter, Robinson, and Sikorsky. Buyers shopping the pre-owned market will find additional out-of-production models available, including those produced by Agusta, Eurocopter, and others. Popular piston helicopters are built by Enstrom (F-28F and 280FX), Guimbal (Cabri G2), Robinson (R22 and R44 Raven) and Schweizer (300C). Again, buyers shopping the pre-owned piston helicopter market will find additional out-of-production models available, including, for example, the Bell 47.

  • What are helicopters used for?

    Turbine helicopters are popular with corporations needing business and VVIP transportation. High-net-worth-individuals also own these aircraft as personal transportation. Some of the other roles and industries Turbine Helicopters are commonly utilized in are police work, medevac, aerial surveillance, offshore, media, tourism and more. Meanwhile, Piston helicopters are very popular with flight schools. They are also used for personal, owner-flown transportation, and are useful for certain types of surveillance work, tourism, site inspection, and news gathering.

  • How much do helicopters cost?

    Buyers seeking a pre-owned turbine helicopter can expect an average ask price of $1.465m, according to JETNET data (April 2022) which accounts for new and used helicopter prices. The highest ask price in July 2021 was $9.950m. Piston helicopters, meanwhile, can cost anywhere between under $68k up to approximately $708k (per JETNET),

Helicopter Overview

By Matt Harris

Both Piston and Turbine helicopters are diverse and are used across a wide variety of roles and industries. These include executive travel, emergency services, military, construction, oil and offshore, tourism, search and rescue, news and media, and a diverse range of other aerial works. 

Popular models available today include aircraft built by Airbus Helicopters, Bell, Enstrom, Leonardo, Robinson and Sikorsky

What is a Turbine Helicopter?

Generally larger than piston helicopters, turbine helicopters are powered by one or more gas turbine engines. Comprised of compressor, combustion chamber, turbine and gearbox assembly, these are more powerful and complex engines than are used on piston helis, inevitably making them more expensive to operate but broadening their appeal to market sectors piston helicopters cannot serve.

 

Popular turbine helicopter models on the market today carry anywhere between four and 20, -plus passengers (depending on category and configuration).

 

Turbine helicopters tend to be grouped by engine and weight, including Single-Engine Turbines, Light Multi-Engine Turbines, Medium Multi-Engine Turbines, and Heavy Multi-Engine Turbines.

 

What is a Piston Helicopter?

Generally smaller than turbine helicopters, piston helicopters operate with a piston engine (also called a reciprocating engine), with Lycoming being a leading piston helicopter engine manufacturer today. Less powerful and complex than the engines used by turbine helicopters, piston engines are also less expensive to operate.

 

The popular piston helicopters on the new and pre-owned market carry between two and four people (including pilot), and have a range between 160 and 300 nautical miles (per Conklin & de Decker).


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