Kit-Built Helo Based On Certified Design
For the very first time, Vertical Aviation Technologies (VAT)
will exhibit its four-place Hummingbird kit helicopter on the floor
at HAI Heli-Expo 2007.
The Hummingbird is the only four-place helicopter sold in kit
form available worldwide, that is based on a FAA certified
"It is important to note that the Hummingbird was designed to be
a certified helicopter, so this is a real advantage over
conventional experimental kits," said Brad Clark, VAT president.
"We elected to go after the huge personal use build it yourself
market, people not interested in operating commercially. Our
customers demand a safe proven personal use helicopter that
carrier's four people and they can maintain it themselves."
A recent modification to the Hummingbird is the addition of a
composite carbon-fiber upper fairing enclosing the pylon structure.
The new addition is being debuted at HAI Heli-Expo for the first
The Hummingbird is based on a highly modified Sikorsky design
and is powered by a six cylinder 265 hp Lycoming. The kit sells for
$138,600; the engine is an additional $31,920.00 if purchased
through VAT. The kit includes every component required except,
paint, upholstery, radios, and battery and can be assembled in 800
hours. All hardware, instruments, wire harness, switches, etc. are
Combined with a fuel burn of 14 gph, VAT says the Hummingbird's
operating cost is a low $74.00 per hour.
VAT notes another desirable characteristic of the Hummingbird is
its large cabin. Interior width is 58", and flight controls run
under the floor so visibility is not impaired by controls running
up through the cabin. Large baggage areas are located under the
pilot and co-pilot seats.
For engaging the rotor system, the clutch is automatic. A
rotorbrake is included to slow the rotor during shut down.
Based at Orlando-Sanford International Airport, VAT has
delivered numerous unique designs such as the Winnebago
Heli-Camper, Electric powered S-52, and Whisper Jet quiet