Hill Helicopters from Staffordshire, UK unveiled its new disruptive, ground-up helicopter, the HX50. It is a five-seat, turbine-powered, 500-horsepower rotorcraft oriented to the luxury market.

For Hill Helicopters, whose concept has been under study since 2007, the HX50 has been conceived as a genuinely best of breed personal helicopter, crafted upon field-proven engineering, state-of-the-art manufacturing and iconic British design. The manufacturer announces the introduction of “a first of its kind platform, every minute detail has been elaborately crafted to deliver a helicopter specifically focused on the needs of private owners“. The HX50 will be able to effortlessly carry five passengers and luggage, with a level of comfort, luxury and refinement never before seen in a light aircraft.

According to the manufacturer, the HX50 is led by the inspiring vision of helicopter pioneer Jason Hill and meticulously researched and architected throughout the past 13 years. This model is “designed, developed and manufactured in Britain by a world-class team of engineers, set on a mission to deliver an exquisite flying and ownership experience“. The HX50 features composite structure and rotor system and an elevated VIP interior design.

The only way to create something that is truly groundbreaking is to design from the ground up, giving equal focus to aerospace design, performance, and safety as well as to the artistic and experiential aspects — including comfort, ergonomics, intuitive technology, and luxury. The HX50 brings all of this together to deliver a truly unique aircraft and experience.”, said Hill, founder and CEO of Hill Helicopters. 

HX50 specifications

Gross weight: 3,630 lbs (1,650 kg)
Empty weight: 1,870 lbs (850 kg)
Payload: 1,760 lbs (800 kg)
Cargo: 60 lbs (27 kg)
Fuel: 700 lbs (317 kg)
Length: 32 feet (9.8 m)
Width: five feet (1.6 m)
SHP: 500 HP
T/O power: 440 HP
Continuous power: 400 HP
Max cruise speed: 140 kts (at max gross weight up to 10,000 feet)
Fuel burn: 35 gph at 140 kts; 22 gph at 110 kts
Capacity: five people, including pilot

The HX50 is currently in the advanced design phase, with three prototypes scheduled to begin flight testing in 2022. The first deliveries are anticipated to take place in 2023.