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Blade runners: The best helicopters for your superyacht

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Leonardo AW169 helicopter

Image courtesy of Andrew Griffiths/Lensaloft Photogrpahy

Just commissioned a beautiful new superyacht with a helicopter deck? Whether you're new to the aerial world or an experienced buyer, our guide will give you plenty of options for your next purchase.

Leonardo AW169

Leonardo’s AW169 helicopter is expanding into new VIP markets. The versatile twin-engine, medium-weight helicopter puts safety first with a crash-resistant airframe, fuel system and seats. It has the latest touchscreen avionics and expansive glass for maximum visibility, plus one engine inoperative (OEI) capability. The cabin can carry five to eight passengers depending on layout and is as luxurious as any jet. There are separate cabin-cockpit air conditioning systems and a wireless cabin control and entertainment system. The variable speed main rotor feature improves efficiency in flight and keeps noise levels to a minimum. At 48 feet in length the AW169 isn't small but if you can find the space you'll be rewarded with a max range of 440 nautical miles. Expect to pay around $8.5 million.

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