Not only is the composite fuselage design unique, Hill Helicopters is also developing its own turbine engine for the platform, known as the GT50, which will consume only 34-35 gallons of fuel per hour. The HX50 boasts a maximum take-off weight (MTOW) of 1,650kg (3,640lb) and a useful load of around 800kg, while seating 4 passengers and a pilot. At MTOW, the HX50 reaches a maximum cruise speed of 140 knots at up to 10,000 feet.
“The helicopter industry has long awaited an Elon Musk-style disruption that redefines the modern helicopter. The wait is over,” said Dr. Hill. “The only way to create something that is truly ground-breaking 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.”