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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 19 Jun 2024
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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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Robinson R44 Raven II

Price: USD $320,933Price entered as: R5,800,000 Excl. VAT
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Robinson R44 Raven II

Price: USD $320,933Price entered as: R5,800,000 Excl. VAT
Southern Africa, South Africa, For Sale by BAC Helicopters
  • Year 2002
  • S/N TBD
  • Total Time 3015.1
This well maintained 2002 Raven II was overhauled in 2015. It is perfect for both private and commercial use. Available immediately. Just
Updated 09 Jul 2024
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Robinson R44 Raven II

Price: USD $470,056Price entered as: R8,495,000 Excl. VAT
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Robinson R44 Raven II

Price: USD $470,056Price entered as: R8,495,000 Excl. VAT
Southern Africa, South Africa, For Sale by Next Aviation (Pty) Ltd
  • Year 2007
  • S/N 12033
  • Total Time 3268
Updated 09 Jul 2024
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Bell 230

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Bell 230

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Southern Africa, South Africa, For Sale by Aviation Sales International
  • Year 1992
  • S/N TBD
  • Total Time 2
• Fresh MPI • Low Total Time • Great Components Remaining • Very Well Equipped
Updated 30 May 2024
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McDonnell Douglas 500E

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Southern Africa, South Africa, For Sale by Absolute Aviation Group
  • Year 1988
  • S/N 0280E
  • Total Time 1130
• Dual Controls • 2 Owners since New • Very Low Hours • Garmin GTX 330ES ADSB Transponder with Digital Alt Encoder • Garmin GTN 650 GPS/
Updated 28 Jun 2024
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Aerospatiale Gazelle

Price: USD $484,166Price entered as: R8,750,000 Price Reduced
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Aerospatiale Gazelle

Price: USD $484,166Price entered as: R8,750,000 Price Reduced
Southern Africa, South Africa, For Sale by Aviation Sales International
  • Year 1978
  • S/N TBD
  • Total Time 8
1978 AEROSPATIALE GAZELLE SA 341 • Low Total Time Since New • Leather interior • New paint • Fenestrom Tail rotor • Stability Augmentation System • Incredible IAS
Updated 16 May 2024
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Airbus/Eurocopter EC 120

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Southern Africa, South Africa, For Sale by Pacific Airhub Aircraft Sales Ltd
  • Year 2001
  • S/N TBD
  • Total Time 4974
This stunning 2001 Eurocopter EC120 comes with its engine on SBH, VIP configuration with black leather seating, and floats. It also
Updated 09 May 2024
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Bell 212

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Bell 212

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Southern Africa, South Africa, For Sale by ROTORTRADE
  • Year 1978
  • S/N TBD
  • Total Time 17380
•Cargo sling provisions •Cargo mirrors provisions •Floats provisions •Hoist provisions •3 axis autopilot
Updated 09 May 2024
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Bell 206L 4

Price: USD $1,250,000 Price Reduced
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Bell 206L 4

Price: USD $1,250,000 Price Reduced
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 06 Apr 2024
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Robinson R44 Raven II

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Southern Africa, South Africa, For Sale by Ascend Aviation
  • Year 2011
  • S/N 13091
  • Total Time 2150
No Damage History Newly Overhauled Engine New Gearbox New Rotor Blades
Updated 18 Apr 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
2,200 HOUR AIRFRAME REBUILD RECENTLY COMPLETED | FRESH ENGINE OVERHAUL | NEWLY RELEASED EMPENNAGE KIT INSTALLED    The R44 Raven II is an extraordinary
Updated 11 Jul 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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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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Agusta AW119 KE Koala

Price: USD $1,700,000
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Agusta AW119 KE Koala

Price: USD $1,700,000
Southern Africa, South Africa, For Sale by Pacific Airhub Aircraft Sales Ltd
  • Year 2004
  • S/N TBD
  • Total Time 1253
ONE OF THE LOWEST TTSN (TOTAL TIME SINCE NEW) AW119 KOALA ON THE MARKET. LEONARDO MAINTAINED SINCE NEW. ALWAYS HANGARED
Updated 17 May 2022
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Airbus/Eurocopter EC 135T2+

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East Africa, Kenya, For Sale by Pacific Airhub Aircraft Sales Ltd
  • Year 2007
  • S/N TBD
  • Total Time 2485.41
SINGLE PILOT IFR HELICOPTER AUTOPILOT WEATHER RADAR, TCAS, RADAR ALTIMETER HELICOPTER IS EQUIPPED WITH FLOATS (FIXED AND REMOVABLE PARTS) PRIVATELY
Updated 20 Jun 2023
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Sikorsky S-61N

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Sikorsky S-61N

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Southern Africa, South Africa, For Sale by International Aviation Marketing Ltd.
  • Year 1979
  • S/N 61823
  • Total Time 26224
IFR Offshore helicopter that is operational and fully serviceable.  Configured for heavy lifting operations
Updated 03 Jul 2024
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Bell 212

Price: USD $2,100,000
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Bell 212

Price: USD $2,100,000
Southern Africa, South Africa, For Sale by International Aviation Marketing Ltd.
  • Year 1978
  • S/N 30893
  • Total Time 17378
1978 Bell 212 helicopter for sale. Offshore configured with excellent component times remaining. Owner is willing to convert to VFR for buyers
Updated 03 Jul 2024
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Bell 429

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Bell 429

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North America + Canada, United States - FL, For Sale by Southern Cross Aircraft LLC
  • Year 2012
  • S/N 57080
  • Total Time -
• 2 owners since new • 6 pax • Weather Radar Primus 660 • Aux. Fuel Tank • 4th Axis Autopilot • Fresh HSI • 7500 lbs
2 owners since new
Updated 16 Jul 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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