Enstrom 480B, USA
Why: The Enstrom 480 was developed to provide an affordable, but competent, light turbine helicopter. The 480B series now flies in 18 countries. This is a popular choice for a wide range of applications, including personal transport, flight instruction, law enforcement, executive transport (charter), electronic news gathering and sightseeing.The 480B offers a lot of room, visibility, and more seating options than some of its more expensive competitors. It starts with a wide open seating area, without any partitions between occupants to restrict movement or visibility. The seats provide each passenger with excellent leg and head room.
The 480B accommodates up to five people, including the pilot. In addition to unequalled horizontal visibility, two sets of chin windows and huge overhead windows combine to provide exceptional downward and overhead visibility.
Price: Approximately $450,000 (Rs 1.8 crore) upwards
Look up: www.enstromhelicopter.com
Bell 430, USAWhy: The Bell 430 has a spacious cabin, a full glass cockpit, handstitched leather seating, infrared sound system and wheeled landing gear.
Price: $500,000 (Rs 2 crore) upwards
Robinson R44 Raven, USAWhy: For those who expect excellence and appreciate value, the R44 Raven is a good choice. It is designed for high altitudes, fast speeds and luxurious rides.
Price: Approximately $425,000 or Rs 1.7 crore (basic cost plus minimal optionals like air conditioning)
Look up: www.sacusa.com
Sikorsky 333, USA
Price: On request
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