Searching for that special something? The luxury equivalent of eBay is called JamesList. Here you’ll find yachts, sports cars, estates, and the odd used helicopter in good condition.
If you’re perhaps not quite ready to invest in a Learjet, a helicopter might be the perfect choice. It’s a purchase that’s sure to up your credibility greatly, and, if you can fly it yourself, you’ll be well on your way to that small but grand category of people whose coolness is immeasurable. Of all flying machines, the helicopter is by far the most complex and difficult to pilot, far more so than prop or jet-driven aircraft. And they’re just so dramatic.
We’re all familiar with the images of famous heads-of-state ducking out of respect for swirling rotor blades as they get out of a helicopter that’s just landed on the roof of a tall building. Probably the reception crew would just love to cover their ears to block out the noise. And then there are blockbuster films, each of which feels the need to include a scene where someone is thrown from a helicopter only to catch hold of the landing rails at the last second, hanging on for dear life while someone above tries to bash their fingers off with a large blunt object….. Helicopters are dramatic, adventurous, and powerful.
Here’s where to find your very own
JamesList, one part high-class eBay – and by their own description “the world’s largest luxury marketplace” – offers a wide selection of second-hand helicopters. These range from 500,000-euro sports machines for a bit of fun in your free time, to business helicopters with comfortable space for six people – like the Rolls-Royce Augusta for example, that costs upwards of a million.
For first-time buyers, the Eurocopter (a sub-company run by air, space and armaments concern EADS) models are a great way to start. Eurocopter offers a good selection of different models ranging from basic civilian to military models. Certainly you’ll find something suitable.