A Kit Helicopter with Superior Engineering
The Hummingbird is a single engine, single three-bladed main rotor type helicopter, with a tail rotor. The fuselage is made of aluminum and composites. The Hummingbird is powered by a six cylinder aviation aircraft engine. The transmission system consists of a clutch/freewheel unit between the engine and main gearbox, a main driveshaft extending from the top of the main gearbox to the main rotorhead, and a take-off drive from the main gearbox which drives the tail rotor driveshaft, intermediate gearbox and tail rotor assembly. These parts are manufactured to strict FAA design standards.
A Kit Helicopter with Room for Four and More
The Hummingbird cabin sits comfortably four large people. The cabin is 55 inches wide, 56 inches high from floor to ceiling, and 110 inches in length. Two baggage areas 15” L x 20” W x 13” H are located under the forward two seats. Fly four people comfortably or two people, 375 miles, with 220 lbs. of camping gear.
An Easy to Build Kit Helicopter
The many prefabricated components of the Hummingbird make the kit an easy project for the first time builder. The average build time of only 1200 hours is one of the lowest in the kit helicopter industry. There is no welding or composite work, only minor fabrication, and all major components are pre-assembled. The rotor blades for example come to you painted, balanced, and ready for installation. These blades have 7 degrees of twist to enhance performance.
The Most Complete Helicopter Kit
The Hummingbird helicopter kit is assembled in 14 easy to follow sections. The first section consists of building the lower cabin. In this section, you will learn about real aircraft sheet metal fabrication and aircraft assembly. In the next section you will receive the upper cabin assembled.
After fitting the upper and lower cabin together, you’re off and running! The landing gear is next, and then the nose. Flight controls, electrical components, instrumentation and fuel systems are next for installation.
The tailcone section is supplied assembled by the technicians at Vertical Aviation Technologies to assure uniformity. The powerplant and gearboxes are assembled for installation when you receive them.
The main rotor blades and tail rotor blades will then come to you completely ready to install. They will have been painted and pre-balanced at our factory. After rigging all the flight controls and cables, and calculating the Hummingbird’s weight and balance, it's ready to fly.