At the Monaco Yacht Show in September, Eurocopter exhibited aboard the 282-foot super-yacht Quattronelle a “collectable art” helicopter in the form of a highly customized executive variant of its twin-engine EC135.
Helicopter manufacturer Eurocopter, designer Andrew Winch and luxury yacht specialist Edmiston introduced a stylish new completion scheme for the EC 155 at the Monaco Yacht Show last fall.
The helicopter features raised, polished stainless-steel stripes on both sides of
the exterior. The aircraft’s belly and top fuselage are painted as faux teak “as a
reference to yacht aesthetics.”
Rainsford Mann Design (RMD) opened its doors as an aircraft cabin concept designer in January last year, teaming with independent completion and refurbishment center Altitude Aerospace Interiors of Auckland, New Zealand, to create a bespoke 787-8 interior.
Since then, RMD Air has taken on redesign of a Global 5000, as well as a preliminary study concept for a BBJ2 client.
Aero Toy Store is well known for its available inventory of private jets, including the exclusive Pininfarina Edition aircraft with boutique cabins for the discerning client. Now the Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based company is going to sea, purchasing and selling luxury yachts.
It’s one of the world’s more exclusive clubs, made up of pilots whose job in the growing world of luxury superyachts is helicopter operations.
No one seems to know exactly how many pilots are actively engaged in this calling, but best estimates put the number at barely 50, based on the fact that no more than 50 superyachts worldwide can support helicopter operations.