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Burbank and Glendale Police Joint Air Support Unit Welcomes New MD520N

Burbank and Glendale Police Joint Air Support Unit Welcomes New MD520N

20-Nov-2014Source: MD

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) today announced the formal delivery of a new MD 520N helicopter to the Burbank and Glendale Police Joint Air Support Unit located in the state of California. With this delivery, Burbank and Glendale will own four (4) MD 520N helicopters. Joining the MDHI team at the Company’s Mesa, Arizona headquarters were... Read more

MD902 Next Generation Flight Deck Program reaches important milestones

MD902 Next Generation Flight Deck Program reaches important milestones

15-Oct-2014Source: Universal Avionics

Universal Avionics and MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) are dedicated to delivering high-performance products that exceed customers’ expectations for quality, service and support. The Next Generation flight deck for the MD Explorer is no exception; the two companies have partnered to bring the most advanced technology into the flight deck of the world-renown and redesigned light-twin... Read more

Kings Avionics completes first slant-panel GTN750 installation into MD520N

Kings Avionics completes first slant-panel GTN750 installation into MD520N

16-Jul-2014Source: Kings Avionics

Kings Avionics, Inc., a leader in avionics sales, installation, and service, announced today that it has completed and obtained certification on the first retrofit, slant-panel installation of the Garmin GTN 750 Navigator into an MD520N model helicopter. Certification was obtained via field approval from the Salt Lake City Flight Standards District Office (FSDO). The installation... Read more

MD Helicopters appoints dealer in Italy

MD Helicopters appoints dealer in Italy

10-Apr-2014Source: G&G Aviation

MD Helicopters Inc. has appointed G&G Aviation of Rome, as its italian sales representative for its entire range of single and twin engine helicopters. Based in Mesa, Arizona (U.S.A.) MD Helicopters current product range inherited the design and experience started over 50 years ago by Hughes with civil and military light helicopters like the Hughes... Read more

April Fool…. MD Helicopters sold to Middle East distributor

April Fool…. MD Helicopters sold to Middle East distributor

1-Apr-2014Source: HeliHub.com

Now that we are past the notional mid-day cut-off in Europe and east coast USA for 1st April pranks, it’s time for us to come clean and confirm this was not a true story – although given our inbox, Twitter etc, there were certainly some people who believed it. The clues were there to be... Read more

Burbank signs off joint MD520N purchase for Police

Burbank signs off joint MD520N purchase for Police

6-Feb-2014Source: HeliHub.com

Four months after partner city Glendale signed it off, the City of Burbank Council last week confirmed their part of it as well. The proposal to Glendale Council had quoted a total cost of $2,712,980 while the equivalent paperwork from Burbank refers to $2,623,055 – for completeness, these figures need 9% sales tax added.   The quoted figure... Read more

Quest Aviation Solutions appointed to sell MD Helicopters range in UAE

Quest Aviation Solutions appointed to sell MD Helicopters range in UAE

18-Nov-2013Source: Quest Aviation Solutions

Dubai-based Quest Aviation Solutions has been appointed exclusive sales distributor for MD Helicopters’ multi mission product range of helicopters in the UAE. The deal was announced on the opening day of the 2013 Dubai Air Show.  Quest’s territory will cover the Emirates of Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm al-Qaiwain, Ras-al-Khaimah and Fujairah. Quest Aviation... Read more

MD Helicopter authorises Ruag Aviation for maintenance and upgrades

MD Helicopter authorises Ruag Aviation for maintenance and upgrades

6-Oct-2013Source: Ruag Aviation

RUAG Aviation has been officially authorised to perform the full range of maintenance, repair, overhaul (MRO) and upgrade services for the McDonnell Douglas MD 500, MD 600 and MD 900 helicopter series. The Maintenance Organisation Exposition (MOE) rating was received in June 2013 and covers services for the MD 500E, MD 520N, MD 530E, MD... Read more

Glendale and Burbank police to replace MD520N with new aircraft

Glendale and Burbank police to replace MD520N with new aircraft

4-Oct-2013Source: 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... Read more

Belgian Police grounded by budget issues?

Belgian Police grounded by budget issues?

4-Nov-2012Source: HeliHub.com

Multiple media oulets, including the La Dernière Heure website, have filed a story in recent days saying that the helicopters of the Belgian Federal Police are grounded by budgetary issues.  The problem reportedly covers the refuelling of the helicopters at airfields where a fuel card would be used – and the fuel card has no... Read more

MD installs first updated Onboard Systems MD500/600 attach point

MD installs first updated Onboard Systems MD500/600 attach point

17-Sep-2012Source: Onboard Systems

Onboard Systems, a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, announced that MD Helicopters has recently performed the first installation of its redesigned attach point kit for the MD500 aircraft at their facility in Mesa, Arizona. Onboard’s updated MD500 attach point kit was developed with assistance from MD Helicopter’s engineers with the goal of providing MD operators with... Read more

Ahlers Aerospace wins MD contract for Engine Power Out Monitors

Ahlers Aerospace wins MD contract for Engine Power Out Monitors

25-Jun-2012Source: Ahlers Aerospace

Ahlers Aerospace has been selected by MD Helicopters as the supplier of the Engine Power Out Monitor (EPO) for the 369E, 369FF, and the 500N. Ahlers designs and manufactures new instruments and electronic devices for the aviation industry. Ahlers is also a certified repair station for instruments and accessories. For more information contact Ahlers at... Read more

16% of the world MD520N fleet is in New Zealand

16% of the world MD520N fleet is in New Zealand

20-Apr-2012Source: HeliHub.com

A recent article got us researching to see whether the fact being presented was correct, and indeed it is.  Just over 16% of the world MD520N fleet is in New Zealand.  So far MD Helicopters has had one 520N prototype (converted from an old MD530F airframe) and built a total of just 110 new 520Ns... Read more

Belgian Federal Police reaches 20,000 hours

Belgian Federal Police reaches 20,000 hours

20-Dec-2011Source: Police Aviation News

The MD900 fleet operated by the Belgian Federal Police has now reached 20,000 hours. Originally acquired by what was then the Gendarmerie in 1997 the fleet now consists of four airframes. The first two G-10 c/n 900-00034 and G-11 c/n 900-00045 were delivered new in 1997, the third to arrive was G12 c/n 900-00038 in... Read more

Huntington Beach Police sign three year deal to cover neighbouring Newport Beach

Huntington Beach Police sign three year deal to cover neighbouring Newport Beach

22-Aug-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Huntington Beach police helicopters will continue to patrol Newport Beach for now.  The City Council has approved a 3 year contract to provide helicopter services to its neighbour at the hourly rate of $700, and allowing for 1,000 hours worth of response services and patrol time per year. On July 30, Newport Beach and Costa... Read more

Corruption investigation at Belgian Police Air Support unit

Corruption investigation at Belgian Police Air Support unit

14-Feb-2011Source: HeliHub.com

On Thursday 27th January, the Air Support Unit at Melsbroek Airport was raided by up to 30 investigations after allegations of corruption. Investigators took computers, office records, accounts and flight log books.  Allegations include private use of police helicopters, failure to comply with official procurement procedures and irregularities when entering into contacts with private companies. ... Read more

MD’s Lynn Tilton to be honored as Living Legend of Aviation

MD’s Lynn Tilton to be honored as Living Legend of Aviation

19-Jan-2011Source: Living Legends of Aviation

Lynn Tilton, founder and CEO of private equity firm Patriarch Partners, LLC (“Patriarch”) and industrialist will be honored as “Aviation Entrepreneur of the Year” at the 8th Annual Living Legends of Aviation Awards ceremony on January 21st at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA. Ms. Tilton is being recognized for her leadership in the... Read more

MD produced 12 helicopters in 2010, not 50

MD produced 12 helicopters in 2010, not 50

19-Jan-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Around Christmas, the Living Legends of Aviation® organistion put out an invitation to this year’s event, and announcing some of the winners.  In a quote from this press release they said: – “The “Legends” invite you to join them as they honor Lynn Tilton, CEO of MD Helicopters as  “Aviation Entrepreneur of the Year”.  Ms.... Read more

Man facing charges after laser hits Calgary police helicopter

Man facing charges after laser hits Calgary police helicopter

18-Aug-2010Source: Calgary Herald

The incident happened late Monday night, as the helicopter flew over the city’s northeast. At about 10:45 p.m., someone projected a bright green beam into the chopper’s cockpit, prompting the pilot to take evasive action.... Read more

MD Helicopters’ NOTAR fleet clocks 1,000,000 flight hours

MD Helicopters’ NOTAR fleet clocks 1,000,000 flight hours

22-Feb-2010Source: MD Helicopters

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) today announced its fleet of NOTAR helicopters have clocked more than 1,000,000 flight hours since MDHI’s exclusive NOTAR anti-torque technology was introduced in 1991. MD Helicopters’ MD 520N, MD 600N and MD Explorer helicopters use and validate this technology. “NOTAR continues to perform to expectation and this is a significant milestone,”... Read more

MD Helicopters Earns Chinese Certification for MD500E, MD530F, MD520N

MD Helicopters Earns Chinese Certification for MD500E, MD530F, MD520N

22-Sep-2009Source: Vertical

MD Helicopters, Inc (MDHI) announced that it has received validation of Type Certification H3WE for the MD 500E®, the MD 530F® and the 520N® from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). The MD 600N® and MD Explorer® were previously approved.... Read more

Profile: Lynn Tilton of MD Helicopters

Profile: Lynn Tilton of MD Helicopters

2-Mar-2009Source: LA Times

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