Lionel is the brown senior helicopter in the series, also known as the "Aircraft in Charge". He does not take kindly to Budgie, Pippa, or especially Chuck causing trouble and making themselves nuisances, but he keeps things in order with his patient but firm ways. He is voiced by Jeremy Nicholas.


Lionel has appeared in every episode of Budgie the Little Helicopter.


Lionel appears to be inspired by a Westland Lynx helicopter. This type of aircraft was designed as a multi-purpose military helicopter, which could explain why Lionel takes his responsibility seriously. As of 2009, 450 Westland Lynx helicopters have been built.


  • Lionel gets annoyed when Chuck calls him "Captain".
  • Lionel's name in the Dutch version is "Leonard"


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