12-Oct-2010 Source: HeliHub.com
Further to our recent report of the Belgian Police air unit purchasing an MD902 Explorer to add to their existing fleet of three MD900s, we can now report it has been delivered. Dutch website Avia DejaVu reports it stopping at Groningen Airport yesteday en its delivery route from Odense to Melsbroek airport in Brussels.
This has also provided us more information on the particular airframe. The Politie (as they are known locally) have bought MSN 900-00132 from CASA in Denmark. This airframe is a 2008 build, test flown at the Mesa factory in Arizona as N40216. Initially registered On 14th AUgust 2009 to CASA Air A/S, based in the town of Horsens with local registration OY-HMS, it was recently cancelled and has now taken up the Belgian military serial of G-16. This is the same series that its three Explorer sister ships are in – those being G-10 through G-12.
The airframe is evidently not yet role-equipped, so we expect a conversion over the next few months, and a repaint to the more familiar white scheme with blue and red stripes.
Photo credit – Jack Poelstra