Most helicopters are not built to fly above 8,000 feet. A record was set by the SA.315 Lama however when it flew at 41,000 ft. It regularly operates at over 20,000 ft and is the world’s highest flying helicopter.
Helicopters are generally held to a height of about 15,000 feet. The highest recorded record, however, was 40,820 feet by Jean Boulet (a Frenchman) in 1972. The reason most helicopters don’t fly above 15,000 feet is that above that altitude, the air becomes too thin for the rotors to grip. If the rotors cannot grip the air, the helicopter cannot fly. I’m sure they don’t desire to test or push that number much further.
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