Fairchild Hiller FH-1100

October 13, 2008 - 11:03am

Fairchild Hiller FH-1100, Hosston, La., Sept. 12, 2007–The NTSB blamed the uncontrolled descent and crash of the helicopter on the in-flight separation of
the main rotor following a mast-bumping event. The reason for the mast bumping was not determined. The helicopter was in cruise when the main rotor and rotor hub assembly separated from the upper mast. The two pilots were killed.

July 14, 2008 - 7:57am

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.

May 7, 2008 - 5:39am

Featuring a modified nose, upgraded avionics and simplified construction, a modernized FH-1100 helicopter should be in production by 2004. Georges Van Nevel, president of the FH-1100 Manufacturing Corp., recently told AIN that he anticipates FAA certification for the upgraded helo by the end of this year, with first deliveries expected within 18 months of production startup.