Helicopter Report

FlightGlobal takes a look at the latest product developments across the various segments of the helicopter market.

  • Arguably the most competitive part of the helicopter market, the light-single segment is, however, not necessarily blessed with the most modern designs. Nonetheless, new models are in development which will bring innovation to the sector.
  • While not selling in the same quantities as their lighter siblings, light-twin helicopters play a significant role in society, notably in law enforcement and emergency medical services missions.
  • Heading up the weight range means these medium-class helicopters are more capable but more complex – and come with a bigger price ticket. Despite this, there are big sellers in this category, alongside new entrants.
  • A few years ago there were many forecasts that the new super-medium-class helicopters would sell by the bucket-load. This has not quite come to pass, although those operating the rotorcraft in this weight class have used their performance benefits to push into new markets.
  • Heavy-twins sit at the top of each manufacturer’s range and while a downturn in oil and gas services has hurt sales in some cases, interest from the search and rescue operators has remained strong.

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New models set to bring fresh competition to light-single helicopter segment

Arguably the most competitive part of the helicopter market, the light-single segment is, however, not necessarily blessed with the most modern designs. Nonetheless, new models are in development which will bring innovation to the sector.

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Helicopters: the crack troops of the war on wildfires

Rotorcraft are able to tackle forest blazes in a way fixed-wing aircraft can not. We look at what the various assets on the market can offer

Civil helicopter deliveries

The global helicopter market in numbers

A breakdown of the global in-service fleets across the civil and military helicopter markets, together with historic fleet and delivery trends.

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Slow-selling super-medium-class helicopters make modest headway

A few years ago there were many forecasts that the new super-medium-class helicopters would sell by the bucket-load. This has not quite come to pass, although those operating the rotorcraft in this weight class have used their performance benefits to push into new markets.

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New arrivals in medium helicopter sector threaten the old order

Heading up the weight range means these medium-class helicopters are more capable but more complex – and come with a bigger price ticket. Despite this, there are big sellers in this category, alongside new entrants.

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Airbus dominates light-twin helicopter market with German-built duo

While not selling in the same quantities as their lighter siblings, light-twin helicopters play a significant role in society, notably in law enforcment and emergency medical services missions. 

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Heavy-twin helicopters are dragged down by offshore slump

Heavy-twins sit at the top of each manufacturer’s range and while a downturn in oil and gas services has hurt sales in some cases, interest from the search and rescue operators has remained strong.

More helicopter news

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P&WC gains EASA nod for Ansat engine, but Russia sanctions render approval academic

European regulators have certificated a new variant of a Pratt & Whitney Canada helicopter engine, but thanks to continued sanctions against Russia, the approval is almost meaningless.

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Why helicopter specialist Bristow is betting big on eVTOL

Rotorcraft may be its bread and butter, but operator sees a big future for a new generation of aircraft and has backed this belief with a near 400-unit order spree.

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Beta ALIA becomes latest eVTOL to secure Bristow custom

Helicopter operator Bristow Group is ordering up to 55 eVTOL aircraft, further cementing its venture into the emerging electric aviation sector.

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Bangladesh’s Meghna Aviation orders one Bell 505, Bell 407GXi

Bangladeshi operator Meghna Aviation has signed a purchase agreement for two Bell helicopters, a Bell 505 and a Bell 407GXi, doubling their current rotorcraft fleet.

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Chinese version of H175 wins CAAC type certification

The Chinese version of the Airbus Helicopters 7t H175 super-medium helicopter, the Avicopter AC352, has received type certification from the Civil Aviation Authority of China (CAAC).

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NYPD orders two Bell 412EPX helicopters for SAR mission

The New York Police Department (NYPD) has ordered two Subaru Bell 412EPX helicopters configured for the search and rescue (SAR) mission.

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ATR picks NHIndustries helicopters executive as new chief

Turboprop manufacturer ATR has named Airbus Helicopters executive Nathalie Tarnaud Laude as its new chief executive, succeeding Stefano Bortoli.

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Bristow wins £1.6bn UKSAR2G contract and shakes up fleet

Incumbents Bristow Helicopters and 2Excel Aviation are to continue providing helicopter search and rescue and aerial surveillance services to the UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency following the award of a 10-year contract.

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London’s Air Ambulance picks H135 as MD 902 replacement

Airbus Helicopters has secured an order for two H135 light-twins from London’s Air Ambulance Charity (LAAC) as the capital’s emergency medical services provider updates its fleet.

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Morocco picks H135 for air force training misison

Morocco has selected the Airbus Helicopters H135 for military primary training missions.