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MD540A to be displayed at Commemorative Air Force Museum event

MD540A to be displayed at Commemorative Air Force Museum event

Source: MD Helicopters, 07-Nov-14

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) is proud to announce that we will be an exhibitor and supporting sponsor at the annual Aviation Fascination event at the Commemorative Air Force Museum, 207 North Greenfield Road, Mesa, Arizona, on Friday, November 21, 2014. “MDHI is proud to be part of the thriving business community in Mesa, and a […]

South African pair to apply for bail in Zimbabwe over buried MD500

South African pair to apply for bail in Zimbabwe over buried MD500

Source: Eye Witness News, 29-May-14

A Zimbabwe court is due to hear a bail application today for two South African men arrested in Zimbabwe – See full story See also HeliHub.com accident report – 04-May-14 MD Helicopters MD500 West Nicholson, Zimbabwe

Phoenix Heliparts and RSG sign STC Agreement for MD500 Vapor Cycle Air Conditioning Units

Phoenix Heliparts and RSG sign STC Agreement for MD500 Vapor Cycle Air Conditioning Units

Source: Phoenix Heliparts, 25-Feb-14

Phoenix Heliparts, of Mesa, Arizona, has reinforced its relationship with RSG Products, of Fort Worth, to add to its supplier role for Supplemental Type Certificates. This move adds the MD369 helicopter to its list of approved installations, and covers the installation of Vapor Cycle Air Conditioning units, offered as an amendment to RSG’s existing STC […]

Invitation to HTC Technical Briefing at Heli-Expo

Invitation to HTC Technical Briefing at Heli-Expo

Source: HTC, 05-Feb-14

Hughes/MDHI Model 369, 500, and 600 owners and operators: You are invited to attend a Technical Briefing hosted by Helicopter Technology Company (HTC, see Booth 4526) covering Rotor Track and Balance, Vibration Troubleshooting, and Ride Quality Assessment. The Briefing is scheduled for Tuesday, February 25, from 1:30-3:30 pm in the Anaheim Convention Center, Room 207-A. Emphasis is […]

US Dept Homeland Security selling four MD500Es

US Dept Homeland Security selling four MD500Es

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Dec-13

The GSA auction site – run by the US General Services Administration department – is currently listing four MD500E helicopters, all of which have operated for the US Department of Homeland Security. The four are N5247S built 1985 MSN 0119E – sale ref 91QSCI14180501 N91620 built 1996 MSN 0529E – sale ref 91QSCI14181501 N7166M built 1985 MSN […]

Skye Avionics receives FAA STC for MD500 LED Light

Skye Avionics receives FAA STC for MD500 LED Light

Source: Skye Avionics, 14-Oct-13

Skye Avionics, Ltd. announced that they have an STC to replace OEM p/n 369H4263-101 Start Pump Light on the MD500 Helicopter. This STC replaces the OEM start pump light with an LED making the part more durable and cost efficient. Our part is going to cost 40 percent less than the OEM light – which […]

Donaldson congratulates PJ Helicopters on 40+ years

Donaldson congratulates PJ Helicopters on 40+ years

Source: Donaldson, 24-Jun-13

Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI), congratulates long-time customer PJ Helicopters for developing world-class precision-lift services over its more than 40 years of operations. The success of Red Bluff, Calif.-based PJ Helicopters is supported by Donaldson’s Inlet Barrier Filter (IBF) systems. The IBFs protect the safety, performance and reliability of seven turbine helicopter […]

Skye Avionics Announces STC on MD500 Start Pump Light Replacement Part

Skye Avionics Announces STC on MD500 Start Pump Light Replacement Part

Source: Skye Avionics, 13-Jun-13

Skye Avionics, Ltd. announced today they have an STC to replace OEM p/n 369H4263-101 Start Pump Light on the MD500 Helicopter. This STC replaces the OEM start pump light with an LED making the part more durable and cost efficient. “The current OEM light is $1,395,” said Skye Avionics President Ryan Evans, “Our part is […]

Aerometals Obtains PMA Approval on Gears for MD500 Transmission

Aerometals Obtains PMA Approval on Gears for MD500 Transmission

Source: Aerometals, 06-Jun-13

Aerometals announced today that the company has received PMA approval for spiral bevel gears for the main rotor transmission of the MD500 helicopter.  This is the first time the FAA has granted manufacturing approval to a company for transmission gears who is not the OEM. “Receiving the PMA approval is a great achievement for our […]

Aero Dynamix delivers NVG upgrades to Latin American Military

Aero Dynamix delivers NVG upgrades to Latin American Military

Source: Aero Dynamix, 03-Aug-12

Aero Dynamix announces the delivery of certified NVG cockpit upgrades for three MD500 helicopters owned by a Latin American military operation. The NVG-equipped helicopters will be used primarily as training assets for night vision operations. The NVG upgrades encompass internal NVIS avionics modifications, edge lit panels, instrument overlays and all other internal and external illuminated […]

Uniflight awarded multi-ship MD500 NVG cockpit conversion project

Uniflight awarded multi-ship MD500 NVG cockpit conversion project

Source: Uniflight, 11-Feb-12

Uniflight, LLC of Grand Prairie, Texas is very pleased to announce the award of a multi-aircraft contract by the US Government for the cockpit upgrade and Night Vision Goggle (NVG)-compatible conversion of MD500 helicopters. “We are very excited to have been selected for this project,” stated Uniflight’s President David Horton. “We look forward to modernizing […]

Wysong Enterprises refurbishes third MD500 for Air2

Wysong Enterprises refurbishes third MD500 for Air2

Source: Wysong Enterprises, 24-Nov-11

Wysong Enterprises, Inc., (Wysong) announced today that they delivered the third of four refurbished MD500D helicopters to AIR2, LLC (AIR2). The refurbishment work included rewiring the entire airframe, installation of a new avionics package, sheet metal repairs including panel replacement, window replacement, and custom painting of the interior and exterior of the aircraft. “This is the […]

STC for Aspen Evolution Flight Display System on MD500

STC for Aspen Evolution Flight Display System on MD500

Source: Phoenix Heliparts, 21-Sep-11

Phoenix Heliparts and Aspen Avionics, manufacturer of the innovative Evolution Flight Display System, are preparing to receive an FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the installation of Aspen’s H-series Primary Flight Displays (PFD) and Multi-function Flight Displays (MFD) in the international fleet of MD500 helicopters. Aspen’s H-series PFD and MFD systems are designed and manufactured […]

Increased Service Life for MD500/600 Inlet Barrier Filter

Increased Service Life for MD500/600 Inlet Barrier Filter

Source: FDC/aerofilter, 14-Sep-11

FDC/aerofilter is pleased to announce that the service life for the MD Helicopters MD500 series and MD600 inlet barrier filter elements has been increased to 4500 hours, with no limitation on the number of cleanings. In addition, the recommended service interval has been increased to 300 hours. The FAA recently approved a revision to FDC/aerofilter’s […]

FAA approves Onboard Systems updated MD500/600 attach point

FAA approves Onboard Systems updated MD500/600 attach point

Source: Onboard Systems, 14-Sep-11

Onboard Systems, a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, announced that its updated attach point kit for the MD500 & 600 aircraft has been certified by the FAA and is available for purchase. Onboard has also submitted the attach point kit to Transport Canada and EASA for certification in Canada and Europe, respectively. […]

Phoenix Heliparts named StandardAero Authorized Support Center for RR250 engines in MD500s

Phoenix Heliparts named StandardAero Authorized Support Center for RR250 engines in MD500s

Source: StandardAero, 02-Aug-11

StandardAero has appointed Phoenix Heliparts of Mesa, Ariz. as a StandardAero Authorized Support Center for Rolls Royce Model 250 engines as installed on MD500 helicopters. StandardAero clients can now obtain engine repair & overhaul (R&O) services contracted through Phoenix’s facilities in Arizona, creating a one-stop shop for MD500 helicopter operators with Rolls Royce M250 engines. […]

Philippines to receive eight Sokols, looks to upgrade MD 520s

Philippines to receive eight Sokols, looks to upgrade MD 520s

Source: Flightglobal, 31-May-11

AgustaWestland subsidiary PZL Swidnik will deliver four W-3A Sokol transport helicopters to the Philippines by November this year, with another four in the second quarter of 2012.  The air force is also contemplating major avionics upgrades to its MD 520 light attack helicopters.

Van Horn Aviation expands with move this summer to new facility

Van Horn Aviation expands with move this summer to new facility

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-May-11

Van Horn Aviation, the manufacturer of helicopter rotor blades, is expanding its presence in Tempe (Arizona) with the purchase of a new facility four times the size of its existing location.  The move from a leased unit near Rural and Broadway roads is to a 23,000 sq.ft unit it is purchasing near Elliott Road and […]

Van Horn starts flight testing MD500 main blades

Van Horn starts flight testing MD500 main blades

Source: Van Horn Aviation, 13-Apr-11

Rotor blade manufacturer Van Horn Aviation (VHA) successfully completed a series of ground and flight tests of its composite MD 500 main rotor blades during a four-hour test session at the MD Helicopters Inc. (MDHI) facility in Mesa, Arizona aboard a MD 530F® test aircraft. According to VHA president James R. Van Horn, the April […]

MD Helicopters selects EMTEQ LED exterior lighting

MD Helicopters selects EMTEQ LED exterior lighting

Source: EMTEQ, 15-Mar-11

EMTEQ will begin delivery of FC Exterior Lighting to be installed on MD Helicopters’ MD 900 and MD 500 series helicopter production programs in 2Q2011.  Lighting for the MD 600 series helicopter will follow later this year.  MD Helicopters selected EMTEQ to design and manufacture LED exterior lighting provisions including dual mode anti-collision, position and […]

Garmin G500H available soon on MD500

Garmin G500H available soon on MD500

Source: Garmin, 06-Mar-11

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, today announced that MD Helicopters, a leading manufacturer of commercial and military helicopters, has selected the G500H as an optional avionics package for the MD series helicopters.  The G500H, is a certified, all-glass avionics system designed specifically for the […]

Versatile Helicopters sues Columbus Police over “unsafe” 500E

Versatile Helicopters sues Columbus Police over “unsafe” 500E

Source: Columbus Dispatch, 11-Dec-10

The pilot of the 12-year-old 500E sold last year to Versatile Helicopters, of Chemainus, British Columbia, was forced to make an emergency landing following engine failure, the company said in court papers filed yesterday in U.S. District Court.

Saudi Arabia National Guard to launch air wing with $25bn helicopter purchase

Saudi Arabia National Guard to launch air wing with $25bn helicopter purchase

Source: Arabian Aerospace, 29-Nov-10

Saudi has previously confirmed a requirement for 190 helicopters but it had previously been expected that these would be for the Royal Saudi Air Force.

Houston Police Dept celebrates 40 years of air support

Houston Police Dept celebrates 40 years of air support

Source: MD Helicopters, 18-Nov-10

Mesa, Arizona, November 18, 2010… MD Helicopters, Inc (MDHI) joins with the Houston Police Air Support Division in celebrating it 40th anniversary. The Air Support Division has a fleet of 10 MD 500E Helicopters. Equipped with current technology (including FLIR Systems, spotlights and video downlink) HPD air crews provide fast response times and critical ‘aerial […]

Wichita Police celebrates 40 years in the air

Wichita Police celebrates 40 years in the air

Source: MD Helicopters, 17-Nov-10

Mesa, Arizona, November 16, 2010… MD Helicopters, Inc (MDHI) joins with the Wichita (KS) Police Department Air Section in celebrating its 40th anniversary. The WPD Air Section is one of the original 13 charter members of “Operation Sky Knight,” the first formal police helicopter patrol program in the United States. The program was initially launched […]

Wharton copter crash report released

Wharton copter crash report released

Source: Pittsburgh Live, 15-Sep-10

Refers to fatal accident 22-Jul-09 N61735 MD Helicopters MD369D Wharton Township, US-Pennsylvania

Vector awarded RR250 contract by Houston Police Air Support

Vector awarded RR250 contract by Houston Police Air Support

Source: Vector Aerospace, 15-Sep-10

Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services-North America (Vector) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a new contract for overhaul and repair services on the Rolls-Royce (RR) 250 model engines for the City of Houston’s Police Department Air Support Division; an organization that recently celebrated its 40thyear of service. Under the terms of the agreement, […]

Aeronautical Accessories promotes safety with Wire Strike Protection System® sale

Aeronautical Accessories promotes safety with Wire Strike Protection System® sale

Source: Aeronautical Accessories, 18-Aug-10

Aeronautical Accessories, Inc., an affiliate of Bell Helicopter, is offering special incentive pricing on its line of Wire Strike Protection Systems® (WSPS®).  The accessory manufacturer has cable cutting kits available for many helicopter models and is currently offering the MD 500E, 520N, 530FF WSPS kits for a reduced price of $15,995. “At Aeronautical Accessories, we […]

Hawaii County Fire Dept replaces 500D with new 500E

Hawaii County Fire Dept replaces 500D with new 500E

Source: MD Helicopters, 29-Jul-10

Mesa, Arizona, July 28, 2010…  On June 29, MD Helicopters delivered a brand new MD 500E to the Hawaii County Fire Department. The Department covers 4000 square miles and operates approximately 300 missions a year, with half fire and half rescue.  The unit flies 1000 hours a year. The new MD 500E will replace an […]

MD Helicopters delivers MD500E to Pasadena Police

MD Helicopters delivers MD500E to Pasadena Police

Source: MD Helicopters, 21-Jul-10

MD Helicopters, Inc (MDHI) has announced the delivery a new MD 500E® to the Pasadena Police Department, Pasadena, California. The Pasadena Police Air Support Unit conducted substantial research to identify helicopters that could operate with reduced noise and meet their law enforcement needs.  According to Pasadena Air Operations OIC, Captain Bob Mulhall, “The MD 500E […]

Brazil’s 12th Military Police Battalion takes delivery of MD500E

Brazil’s 12th Military Police Battalion takes delivery of MD500E

Source: clicRBS, 25-Jun-10

The helicopter model MD500 that Governor Yeda Crusius delivered to the 12th Military Police Battalion (12th Battalion) on Thursday morning [File photo]

Helicopter budget cut worries Maui fire chief

Helicopter budget cut worries Maui fire chief

Source: Maui News, 01-May-10

Maui County Council’s Budget and Finance Committee agreed to a budget of about $735,000 for the helicopter, about $90,000 less than the Maui Fire Department had requested

First flight for glass cockpit MD500

First flight for glass cockpit MD500

Source: FlightGlobal, 07-Apr-10

A new glass cockpit option for the MD500 is nearing FAA certification, expected by the end of this month, following first flight of the new configuration at United Rotorcraft Solutions facility in Texas

Pasadena Police hold public launch of new 500E

Pasadena Police hold public launch of new 500E

Source: Pasadena Independent, 22-Mar-10

Executives from MD Helicopters presented a key to the new helicopter to Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard during a brief afternoon ceremony introducing the public to the new member of Pasadena PD.

Wichita Police Department Recognizes Mid-Continent Instruments

Wichita Police Department Recognizes Mid-Continent Instruments

Source: Mid-Continent Instruments, 12-Mar-10

The Wichita Police Department’s Air Section has recognized Mid-Continent Instruments’ excellent customer service with the WPD Certificate of Appreciation. Lt. Paul Shields and David Fry, Director of Maintenance, presented Mid-Continent Instruments President and CEO Todd Winter with the award recently. Mid-Continent literally helped keep the Air Section’s 2003 MD500E Light Single Helicopter in the air, […]

Dart Announces FAA/TC Approval of Tyler’s Power Bench for the MD500 series

Dart Announces FAA/TC Approval of Tyler’s Power Bench for the MD500 series

Source: DART Helicopter Services, 09-Mar-10

DART Helicopter Services is pleased to announce that their affiliated partner Tyler Technologies Inc. has received FAA and Transport Canada Approval of their Power Bench for the MD 369/A/D/E/F/FF/H/HE//HM/HS/500N model of helicopters. Tyler has modified its Special Operations Platform (TSOP) for the special needs of power companies.  By lowering and extending our standard support frame, […]

MD Helicopters delivers three more 500Es to Houston PD, taking total to ten

MD Helicopters delivers three more 500Es to Houston PD, taking total to ten

Source: MD Helicopters, 22-Feb-10

MD Helicopters, Inc (MDHI) delivered three new MD 500E® Helicopters to the Houston Police Department Air Support Division over the span of three months last fall. The first delivery was made at the 2009 Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA) Annual Conference and Exposition on July 23. The two newest were delivered on September 29 and […]

MD Helicopters Delivers another MD500E® to St Louis Metro Air Support

MD Helicopters Delivers another MD500E® to St Louis Metro Air Support

Source: MD Helicopters, 21-Feb-10

MD Helicopters, Inc. delivered a new MD 500E® to the St. Louis Metro Air Support Unit in January.  This new helicopter will be utilized to perform search and rescue missions, increase patrols of the region’s critical infrastructure and provide support to first responders. The Metro Air Support Unit is a consolidated flight Unit initiated in […]

St Louis Metro Air Support Unit acquire MD500E

St Louis Metro Air Support Unit acquire MD500E

Source: STL Today, 28-Jan-10

Area police have acquired a new helicopter for air patrols, using a $1.5 million Homeland Security grant

Mesa Police buy 11-year old 500E despite production line in town

Source: AZ Central, 11-Oct-09

With prices for new helicopters too expensive, particularly given the city’s fiscal constraints, the City Council this week approved purchase of a 1998 model MD500E, a general purpose utility and executive transport helicopter that has been widely popular with law enforcement agencies.

United Rotorcraft Solutions Adds MD500 Series to FAA Repair Station

Source: Vertical, 15-Jul-09

Hawaii County ready to replace 27-year old MD500E with a new one

Source: KITV, 22-Jun-09

Pasadena City Council Approves Police Helicopter Financing Plan

Source: Pasadena Now, 18-Jun-09

PHOTO OF THE DAY: Italian Finance Guard MD500D on floats

Source: Airliners.net, 17-Apr-09

Phoenix Heliparts to Do First Conversion of an MD 500E to an MD 530FF

Source: http://www.shephard.co.uk/news/1925/, 25-Feb-09

MD Helicopters, Inc. Sets 15-Year Benchmark on Deliveries

Source: Vertical Magazine, 22-Feb-09

Phoenix Heliparts wins Korean Army service contract

Source: Rotorhub, 20-Feb-09