First if you are unsure about the type of aircraft you want, have you ever considered chartering? That could be a great way to try different types of helicopters, as well as offer flexibility and freedom.
“I am planning to fly around 50-75 hours this year, should I buy my own helicopter?” Well under 150 hours a year, you should consider another way to travel, or another option to ownership, since it would not be worth it to get your own aircraft.
Now if you really want to buy your own helicopter, here are some guidelines and tips to make the buying process a little easier.
There are a lot of factors to take into consideration when thinking about what type of aircraft you should get. For example, how many passengers do you think will be on board with you? Would a two seaters be enough for your need? Are you going to make a lot of long trips? If you are, then you have to look at the fuel capacity. Do you have any cabin preference? And finally, what’s your budget? You have to make sure that the expectations you have are reasonable and allow you to find the right aircraft according to your budget, if you don’t want to be disappointed.
Using the service of a professional broker is also recommended since he knows the market and will work with you to get what you need at the price you are willing to pay. He can also be very useful to avoid any issue with the transaction.
You`ve found the perfect aircraft. Now what? First thing is to make sure that the registration and paperwork are accurate so you can purchase it without any problems. If the owner has made modifications to the helicopter, make sure they are authorized to avoid unpleasant surprises later. If you are buying the helicopter from another country, make sure its international history is clean by doing an International Registry search.
You also need to think about your helicopter insurance early in the purchase process so you, or your broker, can negotiate the best deal. It is crucial to get the right insurance to cover your aircraft and your operations.
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