Is It a Helicopter or an Helicopter?

It’s a helicopter. The word helicopter starts with a sounded "h", and therefore takes the article "a".

It’s a helicopter. When choosing between "a" and "an", the way you pronounce the word that follows, and not the spelling, shows you which one to use. The word helicopter starts with a sounded "h", and therefore takes the article a.

A helicopter usually flies close to the ground.

An helicopter usually flies close to the ground.

More examples:

Has a helicopter ever crossed the Pacific?

She became a helicopter pilot after receiving flight training in the US.

A partial list of words that also begin with a sounded "h" and take the article "a":

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