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Piston Engine Helicopter Comparisons

Trying to decide on what helicopter to buy or wondering if that machine you're considering is actually the best choice ? The charts below (WORK IN PROGRESS) compare similar helicopters' performance and costs. Most information is from the manufacturers 2007/8 data. Please e-mail me if you disagree with any information provided and I will review it ... DO NOT USE INFO BELOW FOR PLANNING PURPOSES - LOOK AT THE CHARTS AND DO YOUR OWN CALCULATIONS

Piston Engine Helicopters Price NewOperating Cost / HrMAUWEmpty WeightUseful LoadMax Range, no reserve (std fuel)Max CruiseHOGE ceiling ISA
Robinson R-22 Beta II$ 230 000$ 112.001370 lbs855 lbs515 lbs180 nm96 knots5200 ft
Schweizer 300 CBi$280 000 (est.)$ 91.001750 lbs1088 lbs662 lbs240 nm85 knots4800 ft
Schweizer 300 C$300 000 (est.)$ 109.002050 lbs1100 lbs950 lbs310 nm83 knots2750 ft @ 2050 lbs
Bell 47 G3B1$120 000 (used,est.)$...2950 lbs1900 lbs1050 lbs215 nm80 knots... ft
Enstrom F28F$ 310 000 (est.)$ 140 (est.)2600 lbs1640 lbs960 lbs228 nm97 knots8700 ft @ 2350 lbs
Enstrom F280FX$ 320 000 (est.)$ 150 (est.)2600 lbs1670 lbs930 lbs250 nm100 knots8700 ft @ 2350 lbs
Brantly B2B$ 170 000$ 110(est.)600 lbs200 nm87 knots3000 ft
Robinson R-44 Raven I$320 000$165.002400 lbs1442 lbs958 lbs345 nm113 knots5100 ft @ 2200 lbs
Robinson R-44 Raven II$387 000$174.002500 lbs1506 lbs994 lbs345 nm113 knots6800 ft @ 2300 lbs

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