3Q 2015 Blue Book Pricing Update

HeliValue$, Inc. held its third quarter Blue Book pricing review on October 15, 2015.  Resale pricing adjustments were made for the models listed below.  To view pricing adjustments, login to your account and visit the models' resale trends page. 

  • Agusta - A109C, A109E, AW109SP,AW119K,AW119Ke
  • Airbus -  AS332L, AS332L-1, AS332L-2, AS350B2, AS350B3, AS365N1, AS365N2, AS365N3, EC155B, EC155B1, EC225LP
  • Bell - 206L-1,206L-3,212,412EP,429,430
  • MD - 600N
  • Sikorsky - S76C++

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Resale pricing adjustments are based on actual sales transactions and current market conditions such as overall trends in asking prices, increase or decrease in supply, demand, and sales volume. We obtain sales pricing data from owners and operators, lenders and lessors, brokers and equipment manufacturers worldwide.  With the information gathered from many different resources, we review each model covered in The Official Helicopter Blue Book®

While we do review all models each quarter, frequently traded models are updated as soon as they begin to show variation from the previously published values.  Stay up-to-date on resale pricing changes by purchasing an annual subscription to The Official Helicopter Blue Book® www.helivalues.com

 

content500General Market Comments

In general, most of the reports HeliValue$ has received indicate a slow sales quarter.  Low oil prices continue to have an impact, predominantly on the heavy class of helicopters such as the EC225 and the S-92A. There have been reports of some operators parking the larger aircraft waiting for oil prices to recover.  While there has been an overall slowdown in the offshore market, the majority of the impact is on the exploration side of the industry. 
 
The medium class helicopters have also been affected by oil prices, especially the older aircraft.  Inventory of medium and light twin turbine helicopters has remained steady but still slightly bloated.  Both classes suffer from a lack of interested buyers mostly because there is limited or no secondary market for most of these aircraft.  This is particularly true for the older, high airframe time aircraft.
 
Light single turbine aircraft such as the AS350 series of helicopters have seen some increased sales activity in the third quarter leveling out the resale market inventory.  Older models of this class are still moving off the market much slower than newer models. Asking prices and sales prices continue to fall particularly for the older aircraft.    
 
The light piston aircraft inventory has slightly decreased through the third quarter, and sales pricing remains steady.
 
While there have been some sales, the corporate/VIP market over the past two years for all used helicopters has almost completely stopped trading.  This is the main cause of the increased resale market inventory, especially in the light single and twin turbine markets.  

 
We are interested in any recent sales transactions you would like to report. Every time you buy, sell, lease, finance, or trade a helicopter, and report this information to us, you help update The Official Helicopter Blue Book®. Sales transactions can be reported by emailing lindsay.moore@helivalues.com.  All information received is held in the strictest confidence and is only used for our internal review.  The next pricing review is scheduled for January 6, 2016.