Jun 01, 2019

How Much Weight Can a Construction Helicopter Lift?

How Much Weight Can a Construction Helicopter Lift?

The benefits of using a construction helicopter for your next project are virtually endless. Suitable for everything from aerial inspections to cargo transfer, their size and efficiency mean they outmaneuver airplanes and outperform traditional ground cranes nearly every time.

Perhaps most important of all, these utility aircraft are fit to lift even your heaviest loads.

But just how much weight can a construction helicopter lift? Light utility helicopters frequently lift between 1,200 and 4,000 pounds. On the other end of the spectrum is the M-26–the world’s largest heavy-lift helicopter–which is capable of transporting up to 44,000 pounds. That’s the equivalent of 11 midsize cars!

For most aerial construction projects, however, you’ll likely require a lift capacity between 2,000 and 6,000 pounds.

Read on to discover the top 4 utility helicopters you should consider for your next job. Learn about each aircraft’s external load capacity, construction capabilities, and recommended project types.

Here are four types of construction helicopters and their unique lift capacities:
Kaman K-Max K-1200 construction helicopter available to rent for your project.

1. Kaman K-Max K-1200

Maximum External Load: 6,000 pounds
Classification: Heavy-lift utility helicopter
Construction Capabilities: Heavy lifting, utility construction, aerial crane

The Kaman K-Max K-1200 is a medium-lift synchropter. It uses intermeshing rotors that turn in opposite directions at opposite angles to provide greater lift capabilities.

We recommend choosing this helicopter’s lift services for all your electrical and energy construction needs.

These may include:

See the Kaman K-Max K-1200 in action above as it lifts heavy construction pipes while maintaining steady flight.

Bell 205A-1++ construction helicopter available to rent from Helicopter Express.

2. Bell 205A-1++

Maximum External Load: 4,000 pounds
Classification: Heavy-lift utility helicopter
Construction Capabilities: Heavy lifting, aerial crane

This two-blade, single-engine aircraft is capable of carrying out even the most demanding external load operations. It has a proven track record of successful heavy-lift procedures in high-altitude areas, high temperatures, and tempestuous environments. That’s what makes it one of the most popular helicopters in its class.

We recommend choosing the Bell 205A-1++ for your heaviest lifts, which may include:

Airbus AS-350 B3 construction helicopter available to rent for your project.

3. Airbus AS-350 B3

Maximum External Load: 3,200 pounds
Classification: Light utility helicopter
Construction Capabilities: Utility patrol

This single-engine turbine aircraft offers an external load capacity upwards of 3,000 pounds.

We recommend hiring this chopper for aerial inspections, preventative maintenance, and environmental impact monitoring in normal or high-ambient conditions.

Specific projects may include:

Whether your project has you fighting soaring temperatures and humidity or elevated levels of atmospheric pressure, the Airbus AS-350 B3 is guaranteed to come through for you.

Bell 407HP construction helicopter available to rent from Helicopter Express.

4. Bell 407HP

Maximum External Load: 2,500 pounds
Medium-lift utility helicopter
Construction Capabilities:
Heavy lifting

This four-blade, single-engine chopper boasts speed and reliability in all weather conditions. Its maneuverability is next to none and its fuel efficiency makes it a top performer in its class.

We recommend the Bell 407HP for projects including pipeline and power line construction.

Specific tasks for this chopper include:

If you’re seeking to increase your operational savings with an efficient aircraft that occupies less cubic space and burns less fuel, then the Bell 407HP is a perfect cost-effective choice.

Ready to rent a helicopter for your construction project?

When you’re ready to hire helicopter construction services, look no further than Helicopter Express. We own and operate one of the most powerful fleets of all the utility helicopter companies in the United States.

We employ only the most experienced and highly-skilled pilots and we have individually selected each of our 24 helicopters for its unique performance capabilities.

If you’ve already decided which helicopter you need, please get in touch with us to request a free quote. You can also explore our other helicopter services here.

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