Hummingbird Heli Kit Status Official

Vertical Aviation Technologies of Orlando, Florida is proud to announce that the company has recently received official FAA notice that the new Hummingbird 260L standard and quickbuild kits are eligible Experimental/Amateur-Built kits meeting the 51% rule. The standard Hummingbird kit has been eligible since 1993 and was recently re-evaluated, the company says. The quickbuild kit was developed two years ago to assist builders through the sheet-metal construction of the fuselage and tail cone, but the official designation was delayed by pending changes to the "major-portion" rule.

“When you purchase the quickbuild kit you receive a factory-built fuselage and tail cone,” said Brad Clark, president of Vertical Aviation. “This includes the lower cabin, upper cabin, firewall, nose, windshields, chin windows, center console, instrument panel, tail cone, tail vertical and horizontal stabilizers, all assembled and sitting on preassembled landing gear. We perform the entire fabrication, assembly and riveting of the sheet-metal construction process for you.”

The Hummingbird 260L is a four-place, Lycoming-powered helicopter that was previously certified by the FAA. “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,” Clark said. “It’s an aircraft for the person who has researched and knows something about helicopters. Its performance, craftsmanship and safety record are unmatched.”

Vertical Aviation Technologies will be displaying at the Sun ’n Fun fly-in April 13 – 18, at the main exhibiting area, Space N27. Attendees are invited to come by and see the Lycoming-powered Hummingbird 260L and a Corvette LS7-powered Hummingbird 300LS.

For more information, call 407/322-9488 or visit the web site.

KITPLANES Editor Mary Bernard began her career in aviation journalism in 1998 and has worked in publishing for more than 15 years.

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