20-Feb-2012 Source: MD Helicopters
MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI), a leading manufacturer of commercial and military helicopters, has announced that the City of Columbus, Ohio has ordered an MD 500E for delivery in 2012 and an option for a second aircraft to be delivered in 2013. This purchase represents the thirteenth and fourteenth MD 500E in active service in accordance with a continuous fleet renewal program. Established in 1997, the oldest aircraft in the fleet is replaced by a new one on a planned total time and/or age schedule.
The speed, agility, reliability and proven low operating cost of the MD 500E are keys to success of the Air Section. The Police Air Section operates five MD 500E aircraft with the quiet, four-bladed tail rotor 800-1000 hours per year per aircraft. The Aviation Section patrols 250 square miles during a planned 16 hour per day schedule. Since operation of the MD 500E began, the Air Section has accumulated over 60,000 flight hours.
Lynn Tilton, CEO of MD Helicopters says, â€œWe are honored to partner with the Columbus Police as they continue to set the standard for law enforcement in America. We appreciate their loyalty to our Company and commitment to our products,â€