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MD Helicopters awarded $77M contract for Logistics Support for Afghanistan MD530F Fleet

MD Helicopters awarded $77M contract for Logistics Support for Afghanistan MD530F Fleet

MD Helicopters Inc., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $76,700,001 firm-fixed-price foreign military sales (Afghanistan) contract for contractor logistics support for the MD 530F aircraft fleet in support of the Afghanistan Air Force. One bid was solicited and one bid received. Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona; and Afghanistan, with an estimated completion date of May 31,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 25-May-17

Prince George’s County Police Department to expand aviation section

Prince George’s County Police Department to expand aviation section

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) is proud to announce the expansion of the Prince George’s County (MD) Police Department Aviation Section to include a third (3rd) MD 520N helicopter. Headquartered in College Park, Maryland, the Prince George’s County Police Department (PGPD) currently operates two (2) MD 520N helicopters, in service with PGPD since 2000. “We are honored Lt. Cline… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 25-May-17

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Kenya orders twelve MD530F helicopters

Kenya orders twelve MD530F helicopters

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Kenya for MD 530 aircraft. The estimated cost is $253 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on May 1, 2017. The Government of Kenya has requested a possible sale of twelve… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 21-May-17

Columbus Police to Upgrade 2 additional MD 500E Helicopters

Columbus Police to Upgrade 2 additional MD 500E Helicopters

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) is proud to announce a new agreement with the Columbus Division of Police, Columbus, Ohio, to upgrade its two (2) remaining MD 500E helicopters. The two E models will be overhauled and re-certified as F-models (Type Certificate 369FF) with zero-time engines in a period of just a few weeks. The FAA-approved… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 05-May-17

CoxHealth adds refurbished MD Explorer

CoxHealth adds refurbished MD Explorer

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) is proud to announce the expansion of the CoxHealth air medical fleet to include a second MD Explorer helicopter. Springfield, Missouri-based CoxHealth has purchased an MD 900 Explorer from MDHI that was previously operated by the Dutch Police and the United States Coast Guard. [HeliHub.com editor note – this places it… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 24-Apr-17

McMahon Helicopter Services appointed distributor for MD Helicopters

McMahon Helicopter Services appointed distributor for MD Helicopters

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) is proud to announce the addition of McMahon Helicopter Services to its U.S. network of authorized sales representatives. Canton, Michigan-based McMahon provides customers with a wide range of helicopter charter services as well as sales and maintenance support. Authorized as a distributor for the full range of MD Helicopters’ single and twin-engine aircraft,… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 24-Apr-17

Onboard Systems MD500 Cargo Hook Kits Receive FAA Certification

Onboard Systems MD500 Cargo Hook Kits Receive FAA Certification

Onboard Systems International, Inc., a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, today announced that it has obtained FAA STC certification for several new cargo hook kits for the MD Helicopters MD500 aircraft featuring their Surefire® release technology. Onboard has also submitted these systems to Transport Canada for certification. The Surefire circuit requires a… Read more »

Source: Onboard Systems, 21-Apr-17

MDHI Reveals New MD 6XX at Heli-Expo

MDHI Reveals New MD 6XX at Heli-Expo

MD Helicopters Inc (MDHI) used the HAI Heli-Expo in Dallas to showcase their new MD 6XX military and civil use helicopter. Based off the design of their MD 600N helicopter, the new MD 6XX differs by having a conventional tail rotor instead of the MD 600N’s NO-TAil Rotor. The aircraft has also been fitted with… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Mar-17

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ATP and MD Helicopters partner to create customer portal

ATP and MD Helicopters partner to create customer portal

Aircraft Technical Publishers (ATP)— the aviation industry’s premier provider of information, tools, and services — and MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI), today announced the launch of the next evolution of the helicopter manufacturer’s online portal, a best in class offering designed to enhance customer experience and provide extended service capabilities. By leveraging the advanced Single Sign… Read more »

Source: Aircraft Technical Publishers, 07-Mar-17

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Hungarian Police introduce MD902 fleet bought pre-owned from Germany

Hungarian Police introduce MD902 fleet bought pre-owned from Germany

In late January, MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) and the Hungarian National Police celebrated the addition of five (5) MD902 Explorer helicopters to their fleet at Liszt Ferenc Airport in Budapest. The five MD 902s join a historically robust air support unit that also includes three (3) MD 500E helicopters. The MD902s have been acquired to replace… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 21-Feb-17

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MDHI Celebrates Police Air Unit 70K+ Accident-Free Flying hours

MDHI Celebrates Police Air Unit 70K+ Accident-Free Flying hours

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) celebrates Huntington Beach Police Department’s Air Support Bureau with a special commendation for its outstanding record of over 70,000 accident free flight hours. The Huntington Beach Air Support Bureau began flying MDHI-model helicopters in 1984 with the iconic MD 500E. The department acquired its current all-NOTAR fleet of three (3) MD… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 06-Feb-17

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Busiest Day in the Year for Lincolnshire and Nottingham Air Ambulance

Busiest Day in the Year for Lincolnshire and Nottingham Air Ambulance

November 24th marked the busiest day of the year as of yet for Lincolnshire and Nottingham Air Ambulance. On average the team is called out three times a day, this past Thursday saw a total of six incidents they had to fly out to. They were called from Stamford for a truck collision, Immingham for… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Dec-16

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Londons Air Ambulance wins Pride of Britain Award

Londons Air Ambulance wins Pride of Britain Award

London’s Air Ambulance has been announced as the winner of the Emergency Services category at this year’s Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Awards. Our team was surprised with the news live on air whilst being interviewed on ITV’s This Morning. The full ceremony will be broadcast on ITV on 1st November at 8pm. The medical team… Read more »

Source: London's Air Ambulance, 04-Nov-16

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London Air Ambulance boss quits

London Air Ambulance boss quits

After a tenure of nearly five years, CEO Graham Hodgkin has left London’s Air Ambulance and started a new role at Wavelength – a leadership and networking organisation which issued a very complimentary welcoming press release. Prior to joining LAA, Hodgkin completed over ten years with Deutsche Bank. His LinkedIn profile shows he left the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Oct-16

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HeliAir Sweden Replaces MD500s with EC120B

HeliAir Sweden Replaces MD500s with EC120B

HeliAir Sweden has recently procured a second EC120B helicopter. The EC120B will be used to help with power line inspections, fire-fighting and collapsing trees. As reported by Eban Magazine. HeliAir Sweden are also going to sell their three MD500s, and demonstration flights were made last week to initial interested parties. Their fleet currently holds three… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Sep-16

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MD Helicopters delivers last three MD530F to Afghan Air Force

MD Helicopters delivers last three MD530F to Afghan Air Force

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announces the delivery of three (3) additional MD 530F Cayuse Warrior light scout attack helicopters to Hamid Karzai International Airport. With this delivery MD Helicopters has fulfilled – in less than 10 months – all requirements of an October 2015 contract awarded by the U.S. Department of the Army Non-Standard Rotary… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 23-Sep-16

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Cornwall Air Ambulance make milestone 26,000th rescue

Cornwall Air Ambulance make milestone 26,000th rescue

The Cornwall Air Ambulance has reached a milestone of 26 thousand rescues. This past Wednesday a young toddler was flown from Boscastle, after he fell off a wall and hit his head, and was taken to Derriford in little over 20 minutes. This young boy was the revealed as number 26 thousand. The air ambulance… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Sep-16

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MD Helicopters delivers last Afghan MD530Fs

MD Helicopters delivers last Afghan MD530Fs

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announces the delivery of three (3) additional MD 530F Cayuse Warrior light scout attack helicopters to Hamid Karzai International Airport. With this delivery MD Helicopters has fulfilled – in less than 10 months – all requirements of an October 2015 contract awarded by the U.S. Department of the Army Non-Standard Rotary… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 08-Sep-16

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JSSI increases helicopter coverage

JSSI increases helicopter coverage

Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI), the leading provider of hourly cost maintenance programs for the business aviation industry, has introduced engine coverage for the new Pratt & Whitney Canada PW210S that powers the Sikorsky S-76D. JSSI is also introducing Airframe Parts-Only coverage for the MD Explorer. Neil Book, President and CEO for JSSI stated, “Our… Read more »

Source: JSSI, 01-Sep-16

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MD Helicopters detail ALEA 2016 participation

MD Helicopters detail ALEA 2016 participation

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announces its participation in the 2016 Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA) Expo, July 20-22, 2016, at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center, Savannah, Georgia. The MD Helicopters booth, #136, will feature one of two Gwinnett County Police Department Aviation Unit MD 530F helicopters. In 2015, Gwinnett County upgraded their proven… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 21-Jul-16

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MD selects Howell for Engine Instrumentation System

MD selects Howell for Engine Instrumentation System

MD Helicopters has selected Howell Instruments, Inc. to engineer a customized Engine Instrumentation System for use in the production of new single-engine helicopters. The new Engine Instrumentation System, comprised of a Data Acquisition Unit (DAU), two Display Units by Aspen Avionics and a configuration model, will provide precise data in an easy-to-use, all-glass format to… Read more »

Source: Howell, 21-Jul-16

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Hungarian Police buys five pre-owned MD Explorers

Hungarian Police buys five pre-owned MD Explorers

HeliHub.com understands that the Hungarian Police (local name Rendőrség) have bought a batch of five MD902 Explorers from a German police force.  The five have been acquired from the Baden-Wurttemberg Police, who are taking delivery of six H145 helicopters from Airbus, and are the first law enforcement operator of that type. The five Explorers –… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 19-Jul-16

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Afghan Air Force receives five new MD530F Cayuse Warriors

Afghan Air Force receives five new MD530F Cayuse Warriors

Five new MD-530 Cayuse Warrior helicopters arrived at Hamid Karzai International Airport June 17, 2016, via a C-17 Globemaster III from Travis Air Force Base, Calif.  [HeliHub.com editor note – these include MD serial numbers 0223FF, 0256FF and 0257FF] The MD-530s were delivered to the Afghan Air Force providing them an expanded capability to support… Read more »

Source: USAF, 29-Jun-16

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Yorkshire Air Ambulance adds doctors to team

Yorkshire Air Ambulance adds doctors to team

Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust (YAS) has worked with the Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) and commissioners to launch a new Yorkshire Critical Care Team which will see 11 consultants in emergency medicine and anaesthesia working on the life-saving helicopter 12 hours a day, every day of the year. The team will carry additional drugs as… Read more »

Source: Yorkshire Air Ambulance, 06-Jun-16

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JSSI launches maintenance program for MD500 and MD600

JSSI launches maintenance program for MD500 and MD600

Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI), the leading provider of hourly cost maintenance programs for the business aviation industry, announced its new Airframe Parts-Only coverage for the MD 500 and 600 series helicopters. Providing the only program of its kind to the MD Helicopter market, JSSI can also include coverage for the Rolls-Royce 250 series engines… Read more »

Source: JSSI, 24-May-16

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Londons Air Ambulance launches photo competition for 2017 calendar

Londons Air Ambulance launches photo competition for 2017 calendar

We have launched a photography competition calling on the public to submit photos of our helicopters and rapid response car fleet to fill our 2017 Charity Calendar. Money raised from the sale of the calendar will help us to deliver our advanced trauma team to critically injured people in London, and continue saving lives in… Read more »

Source: Londons Air Ambulance, 13-May-16

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Essex & Herts Air Ambulance go 24×7 – but on four wheels

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance go 24×7 – but on four wheels

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust (EHAAT) is to introduce a 24 hour day seven day week life-saving service via its Rapid Response Vehicles (RRVs) – it was announced today Trustees approved the decision at its latest Board Meeting in April (26.4.16) in order to meet its vision to provide the highest level of clinical… Read more »

Source: EHAAT, 10-May-16

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MD Helicopters sells sixth MD600N in over six years

MD Helicopters sells sixth MD600N in over six years

Yesterday, we ran the press release to say that Sapura Aero in Malasyia have been appointed by MD Helicopters  as an authorized representative serving Malaysia, Brunei, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.  Further down the text of the manufacturer’s press release, it was revealed that part of the agreement was… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Apr-16

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MD Helicopters appoints sales representative for South East Asia

MD Helicopters appoints sales representative for South East Asia

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) welcomes Kuala Lumpur-based Sapura Aero as an authorized representative serving the South East Asian countries (ASEAN) of Malaysia, Brunei, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. As an authorized independent sales representative within the ASEAN region, Sapura Aero will offer the full range of MDHI’s commercial helicopter… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 25-Apr-16

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CTRM Aviation becomes Authorized Service Centre for Malaysian MD530G fleet

CTRM Aviation becomes Authorized Service Centre for Malaysian MD530G fleet

In partnership with Malaysia-based Halaman Optima Sdn Bhd, MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) is proud to announce that CTRM Aviation, a wholly owned subsidiary of DRBHicom Defence Technologies, will be the exclusive Authorized Service Centre supporting the company’s ASEAN military segment. Specifically, the contract is awarded for the support of the first six (6) MD 530G… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 25-Apr-16

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Minnesota Dept of Natural Resources takes delivery of new MD500E

Minnesota Dept of Natural Resources takes delivery of new MD500E

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announced today the delivery of a new MD 500E to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Division of Enforcement. Announced in November 2015, the custom-built MD 500E was welcomed by Chief Pilot Tom Buker and Pilot Brad Maas on March 29 at MD Helicopters’ Mesa, Arizona headquarters. The new 500E… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 08-Apr-16

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Name for second MD Explorer announced by London Air Ambulance

Name for second MD Explorer announced by London Air Ambulance

Four year old Ethan from Hornchurch is one of the lucky winners to name one of our helicopters. The winning name is ‘Rowan’ after his two year old sister. On a visit to our helipad at The Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel last week, Ethan and his sister got to see the chosen name. The… Read more »

Source: London Air Ambulance, 06-Apr-16

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Cornwall Air Ambulance extends HQ with help of banking fines

The new fundraising and volunteering building and the new clinical training room will certainly enhance the service that we offer to patients. While the medical team now has a dedicated area in which they concentrate on their studies, they can now accommodate more volunteers who raise vital funds to keep the air ambulance flying.  See… Read more »

Source: West Briton, 04-Apr-16

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Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust to replace MD Explorer with AW169

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust to replace MD Explorer with AW169

Thanks to the support of the people and businesses of Essex and Hertfordshire, the Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust (EHAAT) has reached a milestone in its fundraising – enabling the charity to purchase its own helicopter for the first time in its 20 year history. Today (30 March 2016) Rob Forsyth, Chair of Trustees… Read more »

Source: EHAAT, 30-Mar-16

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MD Helicopters sponsors Embry-Riddle student

MD Helicopters sponsors Embry-Riddle student

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott Campus student Brett Ahola has been awarded the 2016 MD 500 Transition Training Scholarship by MD Helicopters Inc. The unique training opportunity has a value of approximately $10,000. The MD 500 is an advanced, turbine-powered helicopter that most students are not yet qualified to fly. The week-long, one-on-one training course is held at… Read more »

Source: Embry-Riddle, 10-Mar-16

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MD Helicopters and Rolls-Royce to launch new M250-C47E/3 engine for MD530F

MD Helicopters and Rolls-Royce to launch new M250-C47E/3 engine for MD530F

Rolls-Royce and MD Helicopters have reached agreement to launch the new M250-C47E/3 variant for MD 530-series and growth derivative airframes. Rolls-Royce is the exclusive engine provider for MD Helicopters’ single-engine platforms. The new agreement continues a long-standing relationship between Rolls-Royce and MD Helicopters. Rolls-Royce M250 engine variants power multiple MD Helicopters aircraft, including the MD 500, MD 520N, MD 530F and… Read more »

Source: Rolls-Royce, 02-Mar-16

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Universal Avionics flies MD902 with InSight Integrated Flight Deck

Universal Avionics flies MD902 with InSight Integrated Flight Deck

Universal Avionics announces accomplishment of the first flight of MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) MD 902 Explorer with the InSight Integrated Flight Deck. The successful testing was achieved at MDHI’s Mesa, Arizona (USA) facility in multiple phases and concluded on February 17th. “This is an important step in the development of the new avionics suite for… Read more »

Source: Universal Avionics, 01-Mar-16

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Heli-Expo 2016 Preview

Heli-Expo 2016 Preview

Heli-Expo is almost upon us, and it is a good time to both reflect on the year since the last event and look ahead to the future – hoping that we can see an improvement to give us a warm feeling inside. We look for new models being revealed, contracts being announced, the camaraderie of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-Feb-16

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Cornwall Air Ambulance recruits eight doctors

Cornwall Air Ambulance recruits eight doctors

Cornwall Air Ambulance says the doctors will assess patients and make sure they are taken to the most appropriate treatment centre. See Full Story

Source: BBC News, 23-Feb-16

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Yorkshire Air Ambulance orders second H145

Yorkshire Air Ambulance orders second H145

The rapid response emergency service announced the replacement of their oldest MD902 Explorer aircraft, G-SASH in the summer of 2015, however plans for a second Airbus H145 model to replace the other MD902 Explorer G-CEMS have been brought forward. The announcement comes after the YAA Chairman Peter Sunderland and Vice-Chairman Bruce Burns, recently visited the… Read more »

Source: Yorkshire Air Ambulance, 04-Feb-16

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UK Police evolves as two more bases close as planned

UK Police evolves as two more bases close as planned

NPAS – the UK’s National Police Air Service – have closed two more bases as planned. NPAS Ripley closed, and their EC135 will be the third in the upgrade line at Bond Air Services. The first from that process was displayed at Helitech in October 2015, and the second is currently in progress. NPAS Sheffield… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Feb-16

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Malaysian Army becomes MD530G launch customer

Malaysian Army becomes MD530G launch customer

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) is pleased to announce that it succeeded in its bid to supply six (6) MD 530G Scout Attack Helicopters to Malaysia’s Ministry of Defense. MDHI will deliver the launch helicopters to Malaysian Army Aviation (Pasukan Udara Tentera Darat; PUTD) beginning in the fourth quarter of 2016, with the full fleet to… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 02-Feb-16

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Second Explorer for London’s Air Ambulance now test flying

Second Explorer for London’s Air Ambulance now test flying

The second MD902 Explorer helicopter for London’s Air Ambulance has taken to the air on Friday 22nd January at Gloucestershire Airport on its first UK test flights with the appropriate registration G-LNDN.  The helicopter arrived by road on 9th October in the lime green colour scheme of its previous owners – the Hamad Medical Corporation… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 25-Jan-16

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MD Helicopters to present at International Military Helicopter conference

MD Helicopters to present at International Military Helicopter conference

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) is honored to return to the 2016 International Military Helicopter Conference (IMH20165) as both plenary speaker and sponsor. Andy Pillado, Vice President, Business Development for MD Helicopters, will present a breifing on Multi-Mission Light Scout Attack Helicopter Solutions and Delivering Rapid Operational Readines on Day One of the annual conference held… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 19-Jan-16

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Afghan Air Force to receive 12 more MD530F Cayuse Warriors

Afghan Air Force to receive 12 more MD530F Cayuse Warriors

MD Helicopters announced today receipt of a firm fixed price contract to manufacture and deliver twelve MD530F Cayuse Warrior Scout Attack Helicopters with enhanced mission equipment to the Afghan Air Force (AAF). This award, contracted through the Department of the Army Non-Standard Rotary Wing, reflects and reinforces the confidence of the U.S. Army in MD… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 12-Jan-16

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Philanthropist Supports the Future of Pre-Hospital Medicine

Philanthropist Supports the Future of Pre-Hospital Medicine

Lord Beaverbrook visited us at our helipad last week in recognition of his support for the charity through the Beaverbrook Foundation. The Foundation, which supports charitable causes both in the UK and overseas, has generously committed to donate £20,000 per year for the next three years to our Institute of Pre-Hospital Care (“The Institute”). The… Read more »

Source: LAA, 07-Jan-16

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Fresno Sheriff orders MD530F as MD500E replacement

Fresno Sheriff orders MD530F as MD500E replacement

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) is pleased to announce an order by the Fresno County Sherriff’s Office, Fresno, California, for a new MD 530F. Unanimously approved by the Fresno County Board of Supervisors last week, the new MD 530F will deliver greater horsepower, increased payload capability, and reduced operating costs. Currently, Fresno County’s helicopter fleet includes… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 05-Jan-16

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Londons Air Ambulance to trial hand-held brain scanner

Londons Air Ambulance to trial hand-held brain scanner

We are trialling a brain scanner in the pre-hospital environment, to detect on scene for potentially life-threatening head injuries. The Infrascanner works by detecting blood clots on the brain, allowing for earlier and more accurate diagnosis of potentially life-threatening injuries. Early diagnosis will speed up the patient’s access to any further treatment that they may… Read more »

Source: London's Air Ambulance, 04-Jan-16

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Fresno County Sheriff to replace one 500E with a new aircraft

Fresno County Sheriff to replace one 500E with a new aircraft

The department’s two MD500E helicopters were both built in 1991, purchased used in 1996 and have flown a combined total of more than 30,000 hours.  Supervisor Brian Pacheco said the terrorist threat was a reason for his support. “I believe the events of the past week show that we need to have our best and… Read more »

Source: ABC30, 17-Dec-15

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Heliservices adding third Explorer to fleet

Heliservices adding third Explorer to fleet

Heliservices in Hong Kong is preparing to add a third MD Explorer to their fleet.  Serial 900-00116 was acquired from Pegaso in Mexico, the helicopter has routed via the FAA register for some sort of paperwork reason.  The FAA has now cancelled the “N” registration N902HS with the advice that it has been transferred to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Dec-15

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07-Dec-15 N607BP MD Helicopters MD600N Angleton, US-Texas

During the approach, the helicopter pitched forward, and the pilot moved the cyclic aft to compensate for the forward pitch. Shortly thereafter, the helicopter rolled to the right and entered a spin to the right. The pilot then attempted to land the helicopter, but it impacted terrain and rolled onto its left side. Pilot Ed… Read more »

07-Dec-15

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UK CAA approves first use of white phosphor goggles

UK CAA approves first use of white phosphor goggles

Aviation Specialties Unlimited and UK operator Specialist Aviation Services have obtained UK CAA approval for the use of White Phosphor night vision goggles on the MD Explorer. ASU president Jim Winkel says this is the first UK CAA approval for the use of White Phosphor NVGs.  ASU expects demand to increase as more UK operators… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Nov-15

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MD Helicopters to speak at Combat Helicopter 2015 conference

MD Helicopters to speak at Combat Helicopter 2015 conference

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) is pleased to announce Roger O’Dell, Director of Program Management, will be a plenary speaker at the 2015 Combat Helicopter Conference (CH2015), Prague, Czech Republic, November 17-19, 2015. Mr. O’Dell will speak on issues related to multimission light scout helicopter solutions and delivering rapid operational readines during CH2015 Day Two sessions… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 12-Nov-15

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Lynn Tilton faces November 20 deadline

Lynn Tilton faces November 20 deadline

The clock is ticking for Lynn Tilton, founder and CEO of private equity firm Patriarch Partners. See full story.

Source: Business Insider, 12-Nov-15

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New MD500E for Minnesota Dept of Natural Resources

New MD500E for Minnesota Dept of Natural Resources

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announced today the purchase of a new MD 500E by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Division of Enforcement. The custom-built MD 500E will perform a variety of missions in support of the DNR’s responsibility to manage natural lands, maintain healthy wildlife populations, and support law enforcement, firefighting and general… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 05-Nov-15

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Las Vegas Metro Police takes delivery of new MD530F

Las Vegas Metro Police takes delivery of new MD530F

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announced today the delivery of a new MD 530F helicopter to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) Aviation Unit. The LVMPD’s purchase of the new aircraft was approved by Metro’s Fiscal Affairs Committee on April 27. Collectively, the addition of the new MD 530F to LVMPD’s fleet will increase operational… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 30-Oct-15

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New Zealand grants Type Acceptance for MD Explorer

New Zealand grants Type Acceptance for MD Explorer

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) is pleased to announce that the MD 900 was recently granted Type Acceptance from the Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand (CAANZ) based on its FAA Type Certification No. H19NM. This certification is all-inclusive and authorizes restriction-free import and operation of the MD 900/902 Explorer throughout New Zealand. MDHI’s twin-engine, 8-seat,… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 29-Oct-15

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Two Bear Air replaces crashed 500E with new 530F

Two Bear Air replaces crashed 500E with new 530F

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announced today the purchase of a new MD 530F by Two Bear Air Rescue in Whitefish, Montana. The custom MD 530F will perform a variety of missions in support of search and rescue teams in Flathead County and other agencies across the rural and rugged landscape of Glacier National Park and… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 26-Oct-15

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22-Oct-15 C-FOHE MD Helicopters MD500D Paynton, Canada (2F)

A 55-year-old male pilot from Campbell River, B.C., and a 35-year-old male passenger from Prince Albert, Sask., were the only 2 POB when it crashed. They were pronounced dead at the scene.  Helicopter was contracted by electric utility SaskPower to access and repair power poles and struck a powerline causing the aircraft to crash.  Post crash… Read more »

22-Oct-15

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UK Police start to take MD Explorer out of service

UK Police start to take MD Explorer out of service

The National Police Air Service (NPAS) has – as HeliHub.com predicted in February 2015 – started to retire the MD Explorer from law enforcement work in the UK skies in preference for the Airbus H135, H145 and some yet-to-be-delivered Vulcanair P68 fixed wing aircraft.  Two Explorer airframes are already parked up pending disposal, with G-SYPS… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Oct-15

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R66 production numbers speed past the H120 total

R66 production numbers speed past the H120 total

Robinson Helicopter Co registered serial number 0690 on 9th October (it’s N959BC, if you want to check). This is a landmark achievement in the five-seat single-turbine world as it is the point where the total passes the production to date of the EC120 (now H120).  See also our comparison article between these two types from… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Oct-15

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UK – Lincs Notts Air Ambulance to replace Explorer with AW169

UK – Lincs Notts Air Ambulance to replace Explorer with AW169

Today we can announce that we will be taking delivery of a new helicopter next summer, an AgustaWestland AW169, subject to satisfactory completion of contract negotiations.  The AW169 aircraft will replace our current MD902 Explorer, which Specialist Aviation Services provides and operates on our behalf.  Our CEO Peter Aldrick confirmed the charity’s decision on Wednesday… Read more »

Source: LNAA, 12-Oct-15

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Gwinnett County Police receive first 530F upgrade

Gwinnett County Police receive first 530F upgrade

Gwinnett County MD 500E is the first of two aviation unit helicopters to get a make-over through the MDHI-exclusive, FAA-approved factory-recertification program Mesa, Ariz., September 30, 2015 – MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announced today the delivery of a newly certified, zero-time MD 530F helicopter to the Gwinnett County Police Department. Previously operated as an MD… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 02-Oct-15

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Afghan Air Force says MD530F cannot cope

Afghan Air Force says MD530F cannot cope

Col. Qalandar Shah Qalandari, Afghanistan’s most decorated pilot, recently took command of what was meant to be the building blocks of his country’s new air force: a squadron of shiny American-made attack helicopters, intended to solve the chronic lack of close air support for Afghan troops. See Full Story

Source: The New York Times, 30-Sep-15

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27-Sep-15 SP-SOO MD Helicopters MD500E Burkatów, Poland

Encountered problem (variously reported, but likely a tail rotor problem) at low level while on powerline work.  Crashed into residential area.  Pilot injured, passenger seriously injured.  Helicopter was intentionally equipped for powerline work (see this video)

27-Sep-15

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UK – Humberside Police refuses to sign Explorer over to NPAS until cover assured

UK – Humberside Police refuses to sign Explorer over to NPAS until cover assured

Humberside  police and crime commissioner Matthew Grove says he will not sign over the force helicopter to a national scheme until he is assured the area will be sufficiently protected. See Full Story

Source: Hull Daily Mail, 25-Sep-15

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MDHI Completes E-to-F conversions for Columbus Police

MDHI Completes E-to-F conversions for Columbus Police

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announced today the delivery and return to service of two (2) Columbus Police Department helicopters. Operated as MD 500E models since 2007, the two aircraft are rejoining the Columbus Aviation Unit as new, factory-built, FAA-certified F-models. In June of this year the Columbus Division of Police committed to a revitalization of… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 15-Sep-15

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Bushveld Game Capture buy second MD500E

Bushveld Game Capture buy second MD500E

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announced today the sale and delivery of a new MD 500ER single-engine helicopter to Bushveld Game Capture, Vryburg, South Africa. As South Africa’s premier provider of wildlife capture, purchasing, selling, transport, veterinary services, and the darting and counting of game by helicopter, Bushveld is expanding their helicopter fleet to more effectively… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 11-Sep-15

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03-Sep-15 N16056 MD Helicopters MD500E New Smyrna Beach, US-Florida

Brian Hayes, Volusia County Mosquito Control’s chief pilot, was flying a routine larvae-cide mission when the helicopter crashed.

03-Sep-15

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02-Sep-15 N9068F Hughes 500C Pago Pago, American Samoa (1F)

Few details available, but helicopter crashed into the sea killing one and seriously injuring another.

02-Sep-15

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Volusia County Mosquito Control adds new MD520N

Volusia County Mosquito Control adds new MD520N

– MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announced today the delivery of a new MD 520N single-engine helicopter to Volusia County Mosquito Control, Volusia County, Florida. The decision to acquire the new MD 520N to the Volusia County fleet was announced in March 2015 as an expansion of the department’s ability to inspect and treat the region’s… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 27-Aug-15

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London Air Ambulance buys second MD Explorer

London Air Ambulance buys second MD Explorer

With a figure of almost £4M so far raised  towards a target of £6M, London’s Air Ambulance is doing well financially towards their second helicopter.  Exactly what the monetary trigger point was we are not aware, but the organisation has clearly passed the “BUY” point and have completed on the purchase of a second MD… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Aug-15

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05-Aug-15 N43792 MD Helicopters 500E Whitefish, US-Montana

Crashed into Beaver Lake while picking up water to fight a fire

05-Aug-15

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04-Aug-15 D-HBRM Hughes 500C Ramatuelle, France

Substantially damaged in autorotation landing after pilot noticed a decrease in engine power

04-Aug-15

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Lynn Tilton Is Not A Billionaire, And Her Fortune Is Sinking

Lynn Tilton Is Not A Billionaire, And Her Fortune Is Sinking

After more than 180 years building fire trucks, American LaFrance finally shuttered on a cold January day last year. The company’s approximately 150 employees, most at the main factory in the tiny South Carolina town of Moncks Corner, found out that same day that they no longer had a job. See full story

Source: Forbes, 16-Jul-15

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