The Most Popular Helicopter: A Ranking of Top Choices

Choose the helicopter you think is the most popular!

Author: Gregor Krambs
Updated on Apr 10, 2024 07:12
Welcome to StrawPoll, where your opinions take flight! Are you a helicopter enthusiast or simply curious about the most popular choppers soaring the skies? Join us as we embark on a thrilling journey to determine the ultimate fan-favorite helicopter! From the iconic Bell UH-1 Huey to the state-of-the-art Sikorsky S-97 Raider, we've got them all! Cast your vote now or suggest a missing rotorcraft to ensure your top pick gets the recognition it deserves. Don't let your favorites hover in obscurity – be part of this high-flying poll and together, let's crown the undisputed king of the skies!

What Is the Most Popular Helicopter?

  1. 1

    Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk

    Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation
    Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk - widely used by the US military and other countries for various missions, including troop transport and medical evacuation.
    The Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk is a versatile and highly capable medium-lift utility helicopter. It is designed to perform various missions, including troop transport, medical evacuation, and search and rescue operations. With its advanced technologies and robust construction, the Black Hawk is recognized as one of the most difficult helicopters to fly due to its complex flight control system and high performance capabilities.
    • Crew: 2 pilots (3 in some variants) plus crew chief and door gunner
    • Capacity: Up to 11 troops or 6 stretchers
    • Length: 64 ft 10 in (19.76 m)
    • Rotor diameter: 53 ft 8 in (16.36 m)
    • Max takeoff weight: 22,000 lb (9,980 kg)
    Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk in other rankings
  2. 2
    Boeing AH-64 Apache is a heavily armed attack helicopter used by the US and other countries for air-to-ground combat.
    The Boeing AH-64 Apache is an advanced attack helicopter designed and built by Boeing Defense, Space & Security. It is primarily used by the United States Army and has become one of the most well-known and successful combat helicopters in the world.
    • Maximum Speed: 227 mph (365 km/h)
    • Range: 300 miles (480 km)
    • Maximum Altitude: 21,000 feet (6,400 meters)
    • Crew: 2
    • Main Rotor Diameter: 48 feet (14.6 meters)
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  3. 3
    Eurocopter AS350
    Fabien1309 · CC BY-SA 2.0 fr
    Eurocopter AS350 is a popular utility helicopter used for a wide range of missions, including search and rescue, law enforcement, and tourism.
    The Eurocopter AS350, also known as the AStar, is a versatile and widely-used single-engine helicopter. It is renowned for its excellent performance, reliability, and adaptability to various mission types.
    • Crew Capacity: 1-6
    • Powerplant: 1× Turbomeca Arriel 1D1 turboshaft engine
    • Max Takeoff Weight: 4,960 kg (10,913 lb)
    • Max Speed: 287 km/h (178 mph)
    • Range: 662 km (411 mi)
  4. 4

    Bell UH-1 Huey

    Bell Helicopter
    Bell UH-1 Huey is a versatile helicopter used by the US military during the Vietnam War, and still used by many countries today for various missions.
    The Bell UH-1 Huey is a widely recognized military helicopter that played a crucial role during the Vietnam War. It was the first mass-produced turbine-powered helicopter and is renowned for its distinctive shape and iconic image. The Huey has since become a symbol of U.S. helicopter operations.
    • Crew Capacity: 1-4
    • Length: 57 ft 1 in (17.4 m)
    • Rotor diameter: 48 ft (14.6 m)
    • Height: 14 ft 5 in (4.4 m)
    • Empty weight: 5,215 lb (2,365 kg)
  5. 5
    Airbus AS365 Dauphin
    SSGT ANTHONY W. LUSI, USAF · Public domain
    Airbus AS365 Dauphin is a popular medium-sized helicopter used for a variety of missions, including offshore oil and gas operations, law enforcement, and emergency medical services.
    The Airbus AS365 Dauphin is a popular medium-sized twin-engine helicopter known for its versatility and reliability. It was first introduced in 1975 by Airbus Helicopters (formerly Aerospatiale) and is widely used for various purposes, including search and rescue missions, offshore operations, and executive transportation.
    • Length: 13.68 m (44 ft 11 in)
    • Rotor diameter: 11.94 m (39 ft 2 in)
    • Height: 3.97 m (13 ft 0 in)
    • Empty weight: 2,405 kg (5,302 lb)
    • Max takeoff weight: 4,300 kg (9,480 lb)
  6. 6
    Robinson R44 is a popular light helicopter used for private and commercial operations, including aerial photography and sightseeing tours.
    The Robinson R44 is a widely popular four-seat helicopter known for its reliability and versatility. It is utilized for various purposes including transportation, tourism, and aerial photography. With its sleek design and impressive performance, the R44 has become a sought-after choice for both professional and recreational pilots.
    • Seats: 4
    • Engine: Lycoming IO-540 fuel-injected flat-six engine
    • Max Cruise Speed: 130 knots (150 mph, 240 km/h)
    • Range: approx. 348 nautical miles (400 miles, 643 km)
    • Service Ceiling: 14,000 feet (4,267 meters)
  7. 7

    AgustaWestland AW139

    Leonardo S.p.A.
    AgustaWestland AW139 is a medium-sized helicopter used for various missions, including search and rescue, offshore oil and gas operations, and VIP transport.
    The AgustaWestland AW139 is a popular medium-sized twin-engine helicopter manufactured by the renowned Italian company Leonardo S.p.A. It is widely used in both civil and military operations across the globe. With its sleek design, impressive performance, and versatility, the AW139 has gained a reputation for being one of the most reliable and best-selling helicopters in its class.
    • Length: 16.66 m
    • Rotor diameter: 13.8 m
    • Height: 4.98 m
    • Maximum takeoff weight: 6,800 kg
    • Cruising speed: 310 km/h
  8. 8
    Sikorsky S-92 is a large helicopter used for offshore oil and gas operations, search and rescue, and VIP transport.
    The Sikorsky S-92 is a versatile medium-to-heavy lift helicopter designed for both civil and military operations. It is renowned for its exceptional reliability, advanced technology, and impressive performance capabilities.
    • Maximum Takeoff Weight: 27,700 kg
    • Empty Weight: 12,700 kg
    • Maximum Speed: 306 km/h
    • Range: 1,000 km
    • Fuel Capacity: 3,060 liters
  9. 9
    Bell 206
    Mfield - Matthew Field, · CC BY 2.5
    Bell 206 is a popular light helicopter used for a wide range of missions, including law enforcement, aerial surveying, and firefighting.
    The Bell 206, also known as the Bell JetRanger, is a versatile and widely used light helicopter that has become one of the most popular helicopter models in the world. It is a single-engine, five-seat aircraft known for its reliability, performance, and adaptability.
    • First Flight: 1962
    • Length: 39 ft 8 in (12.09 m)
    • Rotor Diameter: 33 ft 4 in (10.16 m)
    • Crew Capacity: 1-2 pilots, up to 3 passengers
    • Max Takeoff Weight: 3,200 lb (1,451 kg)
  10. 10
    Mil Mi-8
    Jan Hrdonka · Public domain

    Mil Mi-8

    Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant
    Mil Mi-8 is a versatile helicopter used by many countries for various missions, including troop transport, search and rescue, and firefighting.
    The Mil Mi-8 is a versatile and widely-used transport helicopter commonly known as the 'Hip'. It is known for its robustness, reliability, and ability to operate in diverse environments and challenging conditions. The Mi-8 has been serving various military forces, as well as civil operators, since its introduction in the 1960s.
    • Crew: 3 crew members
    • Capacity: Up to 24 passengers or 12 stretchers
    • Length: 25.3 m (83 ft 1 in)
    • Rotor diameter: 21.3 m (69 ft 11 in)
    • Height: 5.65 m (18 ft 6 in)

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Ranking factors for popular helicopter

  1. Performance
    Factors such as speed, range, endurance, and altitude capability are important in determining the effectiveness of a helicopter. A popular helicopter should be able to perform tasks efficiently and reliably, in various environmental conditions.
  2. Versatility
    A popular helicopter should be able to perform a range of functions, from transportation and cargo lifting to firefighting and search and rescue operations. It should be adaptable to different roles, with various configurations and equipment options available.
  3. Passenger capacity and cargo space
    Depending on the intended use of the helicopter, the number of passengers it can carry and the amount of cargo space available can be significant factors in its popularity.
  4. Safety and reliability
    A helicopter's safety features and its capabilities to maintain consistent, reliable performance are critical factors in evaluating its popularity. A strong safety record and a good reputation for low maintenance and technical issues will make a helicopter more appealing to potential users.
  5. Cost
    Acquisition and operating costs are crucial factors in determining a helicopter's popularity. Affordability, combined with the cost of maintenance, spare parts, and fuel consumption, will influence the overall cost of ownership and, ultimately, the appeal of a specific helicopter model.
  6. Manufacturer reputation and support network
    A helicopter's popularity is often influenced by the credibility of its manufacturer, as well as the quality of the support network for maintenance, parts, and technical assistance.
  7. Comfort and amenities
    Features such as cabin noise reduction, vibration control, and comfortable seating can make a significant difference in the popularity of a helicopter, particularly for commercial and VIP transportation purposes.
  8. Avionics and technology
    Advanced avionics systems, flight controls, and other innovative technologies can make a helicopter more popular by enhancing its performance, safety, and ease of use.
  9. Environmental impact
    A helicopter's noise and emissions levels can influence its popularity, particularly in urban or environmentally-sensitive areas. Helicopters that are quieter and have lower emissions are generally more popular.
  10. Aesthetic appeal
    Although not a critical factor, the aesthetic appeal of a helicopter's design can play a role in its popularity, particularly in the private and executive transportation markets.

About this ranking

This is a community-based ranking of the most popular helicopter. We do our best to provide fair voting, but it is not intended to be exhaustive. So if you notice something or helicopter is missing, feel free to help improve the ranking!


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  • 10 ranked items

Voting Rules

A participant may cast an up or down vote for each helicopter once every 24 hours. The rank of each helicopter is then calculated from the weighted sum of all up and down votes.

More information on most popular helicopter

Helicopters have become an integral part of aviation technology and are widely used for military, commercial, and personal purposes. Developed in the early 1900s, the modern helicopter has undergone significant technological advancements to become one of the most versatile aircraft in the world. With a vertical takeoff and landing capability, helicopters are ideal for a wide range of applications, including search and rescue, firefighting, transportation, and aerial photography. When it comes to popularity, several helicopters have stood out over the years. From the Bell UH-1 Huey, which gained fame during the Vietnam War, to the iconic Sikorsky Black Hawk, helicopters have played a vital role in shaping modern warfare. In the civilian world, the Robinson R22 and R44 have become extremely popular for personal use and flight training. So, what is the most popular helicopter? With so many different models and uses, it's difficult to pinpoint a single winner. However, certain helicopters have gained significant popularity due to their performance, reliability, and versatility. Through thousands of polls and rankings on StrawPoll, we can see which helicopters continue to capture the hearts and minds of aviation enthusiasts around the world.

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