A Cornish business has collaborated in the manufacture of a “revolutionary” new helicopter.
Saltash-based Composite Integration has used its extensive experience in closed-mould and infusion process technology to design and manufacture tooling and first off components for the high-performance composite fuselage of the HX50 Hill Helicopter.
The HX50 is a 5-seat, turbine-powered, 500-horsepower rotorcraft. It is described as “the world’s first truly private, luxury helicopter crafted to deliver a whole new experience in safety, performance, adventure, comfort, and elegance”.
“The helicopter industry has long awaited an Elon Musk-style disruption that redefines the modern helicopter. The wait is over,” enthused Dr Jason Hill, CEO of Hill Helicopters.
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.