4-Oct-2013 Source: HeliHub.com
The City Council of Glendale this week unanimously approved the disposal of the oldest MD520N in the City fleet, and its replacement with a new MD520N. according to a report in the Glendale News Express. Glendale operates a joint unit with neighbouring city Burbank.
The older aircraft – N272BP, serial LN040, is being replaced as planned – the expectation was set from the start that its life in this role was 20 years or 15,000 airframe hours, whichever was achieved first. The city anticipates the total proceeds to be approximately $450,000-$550,000.
The new aircraft has a quoted price of $2,712,980 plus 9% sales tax according to the proposal put to the City meeting, although we note that it does not include a specification of what equipment is included in that price tag. It will also be a landmark order for MD Helicopters, who have only built five MD520N helicopters since 2006. Three of these were sold to New Zealand, and one to Belgium. The fifth – serial LN110 – was registered with the FAA as N4315W in October 2010 and remains in the name of the manufacturer. The FAA does not record a “manufacture year”, so while HeliHub.com believes this aircraft already exists in the factory at Mesa, it is likely in storage awaiting a buyer. They have now found one.
William P Johnson – HeliHub.com Washington correspondent