Rotorcraft Update: Hiller FH-1100 single-turbine helo reborn

 - July 14, 2008, 7:57 AM

Although dormant for more than a decade after a production run of some 250, the Hiller FH-1100 single-turbine helicopter is being re-manufactured by FH-1100 Manufacturing Corp., of Century, Fla., which also plans to bring the Rolls-Royce 250-C20B-powered helicopter back into production, according to company officials at Heli-Expo 2002. George Van Nevel, owner, bought the FH-1100’s type certificate and tooling from Rogerson Kratos in 1998. He plans to STC a new extruded nose, a small engine cowling extension and the more powerful 420-shp 250-C18 engine in the five-seat helicopter. Basic price of a refurbished FH-1100 with overhauled components is $375,000; a new one, which Nevel is calling the “Fhoenix,” will cost $675,000. A glass cockpit is in the works.