7 December 2023
Hill Helicopters unveiled its complete all-new single engine turbine helicopter, the HX50, last night at a special event held at the Duxford IWM.
The presentation by company founder Dr Jason Hill was livestreamed and he also announced a commercial version of the helicopter, the HC50.
The HC50 will be a fully certified helicopter with a base price of £725,000 while the HX50, aimed at private use, is a kit that can be built in ten days at Hill’s Rugeley, Staffs factory with the help of Hill engineers. Base price is £525,000.
Both helicopters share the same airframe, engine and avionics, which are all-new and developed in-house by the company.
The engine is the GT50, said to develop maximum power of 500shp. That’s only for emergencies, with 440shp available for take-off and 400shp max continuous power. Engine TBO is 5,000 hours.
The HX50/HC50 is claimed to burn 35gph, have a cruise speed of 140kt, 700nm max range and a payload of 800kg.
Hill says the HX50/HC50 is being developed using EASA CS-27 as the basis for its airworthiness approval. It will be available with either retractable wheeled undercarriage or skids, which Hill called the ‘special needs’ undercarriage.
Hill also announced he had taken a 10 acre site at Halfpenny Green Airport.