The ultimate freedom of travelling around the world is achieved by flying a business jet, but what about all the other times when billionaires get stuck in traffic just like the rest of us. Well, the true VIP levels of luxury could be only achieved by hopping over highways and landing wherever you please in a personal helicopter. In this video we will be exploring the most exclusive aircraft of today that are usually used only by the presidents, royalty, moguls and other members of the top 1 percent of the top 1 percent of richest people in the world.
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Bell 429: bellflight.com/products/bell-429
Developed in cooperation with Korea Aerospace Industries, Bell 429 twin-engine helicopter was initially planned to be used for emergency medical services. For this reason, the model features an all-new Modular Affordable Product Line airframe design and has a stretched cabin that also makes it perfect for corporate and private application.
Bell 525 Relentless: bellflight.com/products/bell-525
Bell 525 Relentless has been under development since 2012, and despite many early complications, including a prototype crash that killed two of its pilots, the aircraft is now 90% ready for production.
Airbus H145 & & ACH145: airbus.com/helicopters/civil-helicopters/light-twin/h145.html
Previously known as the EC145, this model has been in service since 2002, receiving several modifications and updates along the way. Since 2011, H145 has been offered in a luxury iteration for the business market, that later became one of the first model of Airbus Corporate Helicopters division.
Leonardo AW139: leonardocompany.com/en/products/aw139?f=/air/helicopters/commercial
Leonardo AW139 was developed jointly by AgustaWestland and Bell Helicopters, entering service back in 2003. The model became one of the brand’s most successful and influential products, and after Agusta was acquired by Leonardo S.p.A., it was rebranded under the new ownership.
Airbus H175 & ACH175: airbus.com/helicopters/civil-helicopters/Super-medium/h175.html
Airbus H175 entered service in 2014 as a multi-purpose aircraft for various missions, including public services, rescue operations, emergency medical services and VIP transportation. For the premium market, the H175 is offered under ACH designation, that gets a few special cabin layouts with 6 to 12 seats and offers panoramic windows with electrochromatic dimming feature for all passengers.
Airbus ACH130 Aston Martin Edition: media.astonmartin.com/airbus-teams-up-with-aston-martin-to-launch-the-ach130-aston-martin-edition
A constant search for new ways to reinvent its brand brought Aston Martin Lagonda into with Airbus Corporate Helicopters. The team up resulted in a four interior and exterior designs for the ACH 130.
Sikorsky S-76: lockheedmartin.com/en-us/products/sikorsky-s-76-helicopter.html
For more than three decades, the S-76 has been setting up the benchmark of excellence for personal luxury transportation backed up by more than 7 million flight hours. The 76D is its latest configuration powered by the new PW210S twin turbines.
Sikorsky S-92: www.lockheedmartin.com/en-us/products/sikorsky-s-92-helicopter.html
The Sikorsky S-92 is a twin-engine medium-lift helicopter developed from the Sikorsky S-70 for the military and civil aviation use. It has an aluminum airframe with some composite components.
Leonardo AW609: leonardocompany.com/en/products/aw609
The Leonardo AW609 tiltrotor aircraft is in a league of its own, exploring the new concept of VIP air travel that possesses speed, range and altitude of a fixed-wing turboprop airplane and the vertical take-off and landing versatility of a helicopter.
Airbus H160 & ACH160: airbus.com/helicopters/civil-helicopters/medium/h160.html
This Airbus medium utility helicopter received its flight certification in July 2020, so in the nearest future both the regular and ACH luxury versions of the craft should start customer deliveries. The Airbus H160 gets two Safran Arrano powerplants that generate up to 1300 horsepower and propel it to the 155 knots max cruise speed.
Bell Nexus: bellflight.com/products/bell-nexus
The rapid emergence of passenger quadcopters is forcing even the biggest players of the VTOL game to start paying attention. In case of Bell, by 2023 they are planning to begin testing an entire Nexus family of aircraft.