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06-May-21 N972BW MD Helicopters MD530F Palm Gardens, US-Nevada

06-May-21 N972BW MD Helicopters MD530F Palm Gardens, US-Nevada

6-May-2021

FAA : Substantially damaged during long-line work.  2 POB not injured... Read more

05-May-21 N6068S MD Helicopters MD530F Mesa, US-Arizona

05-May-21 N6068S MD Helicopters MD530F Mesa, US-Arizona

5-May-2021

Post-flight inspection found damage to the tail rotor... Read more

Lebanese Air Force completes first MD Helicopters training class

Lebanese Air Force completes first MD Helicopters training class

17-Mar-2021Source: MD Helicopters

The Lebanese Air Force successfully completed their first training class at MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) Flight Training Academy. This was the first of three classes that included pilots, maintainers, and armament personnel, which took place in Mesa, Arizona, and an off-site location for gunnery training. Utilizing the Lebanese Air Force’s MD 530Fs for the training... Read more

MD Helicopters Demonstrator Visits Las Vegas

MD Helicopters Demonstrator Visits Las Vegas

10-Mar-2021Source: MD Helicopters

Las Vegas area operators and agencies are invited to view and schedule a demo flight with the MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) enhanced glass cockpit MD530F aircraft next week to experience its superior power and performance. This state-of-the art helicopter will be in the Las Vegas area from March 15 through March 19 and available for on-site demos... Read more

MD Helicopters Secures $34 Million Army Contract

MD Helicopters Secures $34 Million Army Contract

4-Dec-2020Source: MD Helicopters

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announces an agreement with the U.S. Army worth about $34 million to provide logistics support for the Afghanistan Air Force MD 530F Cayuse Warrior light attack and reconnaissance helicopter fleet. The deal is a continuation of MDHI’s contractor logistics support (CLS) with the U.S. Army and Multi-National Aviation Special Project Office (MASPO)... Read more

MD Helicopters completes another MD500E conversion to MD530F

MD Helicopters completes another MD500E conversion to MD530F

1-Dec-2020Source: MD Helicopters

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) has completed a contract to upgrade an MD 500E helicopter to an FAA-certified MD 530F model aircraft as part of MDHI’s long standing E-to-F conversion program. “The E-to-F conversion program follows a strict, FAA-approved process,” says Nick Nenadovic, Vice President of Aftermarket and Customer Support for MD Helicopters, Inc. “Over eight to... Read more

MD to take MD530F on Southern California demo tour next week

MD to take MD530F on Southern California demo tour next week

25-Nov-2020Source: MD Helicopters

Take the new MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) enhanced glass cockpit MD 530F demo aircraft for a test flight to experience its power and performance firsthand. This state-of-the-art helicopter is touring the West Coast from Nov. 30 through Dec. 4. It is available for drop-in demo flights at Rotorcraft Support Inc. (RSI) on Dec. 2 from 8 a.m.... Read more

MD Helicopters awarded $34M contract for logistics support of Afghanistan Air Force MD-530F

MD Helicopters awarded $34M contract for logistics support of Afghanistan Air Force MD-530F

16-Nov-2020Source: US DoD

MD Helicopters Inc., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $34,042,295 modification (P00039) to contract W58RGZ-17-C-0038 for logistics support for the Afghanistan Air Force MD-530F aircraft fleet.  Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona; and Kabul, Afghanistan, with an estimated completion date of May 31, 2021.  Fiscal 2021 Afghanistan Security Forces (Army) funds in the amount of... Read more

MD Sales Strong with State Contract Award for New MD 530F

MD Sales Strong with State Contract Award for New MD 530F

13-Nov-2020Source: MD Helicopters

 MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announces a U.S. state municipality contract for the purchase of a new MD 530F in law enforcement configuration. The agency is responsible for monitoring the state’s valuable natural resources, wildlife populations, and ecosystems while ensuring enforcement of the state’s laws protecting them. The aircraft is the agency’s first helicopter. “This has been... Read more

MD Helicopters Awarded Two Army Contracting Command MD530F Contracts

MD Helicopters Awarded Two Army Contracting Command MD530F Contracts

15-Oct-2020Source: MD Helicopters

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announces two independent contract awards from Army Contracting Command-Redstone to support allied operations of the MD 530F Cayuse Warrior helicopter. The first contract, worth $6.1 million, requires MDHI to retrofit 18 legacy MD 530F helicopters operated by the Afghanistan Air Force with ballistic-tolerant crashworthy fuel systems (CWFS). Jointly developed with Robertson Fuel... Read more

MDHI Receives Certification for MD530F MGTOW Increase to 3,350 lb

MDHI Receives Certification for MD530F MGTOW Increase to 3,350 lb

1-Sep-2020Source: MD Helicopters

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) has received FAA certification to increase its MD 530F single engine helicopter’s internal max gross take-off weight (MGTOW) from 3,100 to 3,350 lb. This increase allows the MD 530F to support extended range, increased mission versatility, more time on target, and additional mission equipment options. “We’re pleased to provide our current... Read more

Wilson Construction upgrades MD500E to MD530F standard

Wilson Construction upgrades MD500E to MD530F standard

4-Aug-2020Source: MD Helicopters

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announces delivery of newly certified MD 530F to Wilson Construction. Wilson Construction, headquartered in Aurora, Oregon, upgraded one of its four MD 500E helicopters to an FAA-certified MD 530F model aircraft. An operator of MDHI-brand helicopters since 2005, Wilson Construction has delivered their hardworking E-model aircraft to be overhauled and recertified... Read more

MD completes all required tests for MD530F MGTOW Increase to 3,350 Pounds

MD completes all required tests for MD530F MGTOW Increase to 3,350 Pounds

28-Jan-2020Source: MD Helicopters

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) proudly announces the completion of all company test and reporting requirements related to the max gross take-off weight (MGTOW) increase from 3,100 to 3,350 pounds for its MD 530F single engine helicopter. A preferred platform of law enforcement and utility operators worldwide, the MGTOW increase will provide operators extended range, greater... Read more

MD to Feature Fresno Sheriff MD530F and MD530G Block II at Heli-Expo 2020

MD to Feature Fresno Sheriff MD530F and MD530G Block II at Heli-Expo 2020

28-Jan-2020Source: MD Helicopters

At the 2020 HAI Heli-Expo in Anaheim California, MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) will proudly display two aircraft representing the two largest segments of the company’s global customer base, law enforcement and military. The MD Helicopters booth, #6815, will feature an MD 530F operated by Fresno County (CA) Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) alongside the next generation of... Read more

Kenyan Air Force receives first six MD530Fs

Kenyan Air Force receives first six MD530Fs

27-Jan-2020Source: US Air Force

The United States delivered six MD-530F Cayuse Warrior helicopters to the Kenya Army’s Joint Helicopter Command (JHC) at Embakasi Barracks during a symbolic handover ceremony, Jan. 23, 2020. Over 100 guests were in attendance at the ceremony, which featured remarks by U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Michael D. Turello, commanding general of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn... Read more

MD Helicopters receive fourth Afghan MD530F order

MD Helicopters receive fourth Afghan MD530F order

2-Dec-2019Source: MD Helicopters

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) is proud to announce receipt of the fourth Delivery Order issued against its 5-year, $1.4 billion light scout attack helicopter IDIQ contract. The Firm Fixed-Price award is for up to 12 armed MD 530F Cayuse Warrior helicopters for the Afghan Air Force (AAF), currently the largest MD 530F Cayuse Warrior operator globally.... Read more

Afghan AF receives last 5 of 30 MD530F Cayuse Warriors

Afghan AF receives last 5 of 30 MD530F Cayuse Warriors

28-Nov-2019Source: MD Helicopters

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announced the delivery of the final five (5) new MD 530F Cayuse Warrior helicopters ordered for the Afghan Air Force via the company’s $1.4 billion, 5-year IDIQ contract. Part of a 30-aircraft order issued in September 2017, the final five aircraft shipped out of Mesa-Gateway Airport, Mesa, Arizona, via 747 and... Read more

MDHI Awarded CLS and training contract

MDHI Awarded CLS and training contract

16-Sep-2019Source: MD Helicopters

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) is proud to announce it has been awarded a Firm Fixed-Price contract for the provision of Contractor Logistics Support (CLS), Contractor Field Service Representatives (CFSR), and both CONUS and OCONUS training. The contract – issued through Army Contracting Command-Redstone Arsenal on behalf of the Multinational Aviation Special Project Office (MASPO) –... Read more

MD Helicopters Awarded $50.4 million contract

MD Helicopters Awarded $50.4 million contract

4-Sep-2019Source: MD Helicopters

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announced that the company has been awarded a $50.4 million Firm Fixed Price contract modification for logistics support of the MD 530F Cayuse Warrior helicopter fleet currently in service with the Afghan Air Force (AAF). MD Helicopters has provided comprehensive contractor logistics support (CLS) services to the Afghan Air Force since... Read more

MD Helicopters Features Tennessee Valley Authority MD530F and MD969 at Heli-Expo 2019

MD Helicopters Features Tennessee Valley Authority MD530F and MD969 at Heli-Expo 2019

11-Mar-2019Source: MD Helicopers

MD Helicopters’ booth, C1228, at the 2019 HAI Heli-Expo in Atlanta, Georgia, reflects the company’s commitment to manufacturing and delivering the most effective and efficient single-engine and light twin-engine helicopters available. At the 2019 HAI Heli-Expo, MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) will proudly display two of its most iconic helicopter models, the MD 530F and the... Read more

MD Helicopters to feature class cockpit MD530F

MD Helicopters to feature class cockpit MD530F

7-Mar-2019Source: MD Helicopters

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) is excited to celebrate the delivery of a new MD 530F to Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), and to feature this high-performance helicopter in its booth (C1228) at HAI’s Heli-Expo 2019. The third MD 530F to join the TVA fleet, this proven single-engine helicopter is already in use supporting powerline utility, inspections,... Read more

MDHI completes initial delivery of enhanced MD530F

MDHI completes initial delivery of enhanced MD530F

8-Feb-2019Source: MD Helicopters

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announced the delivery of the first five (5) MD 530F Cayuse Warrior helicopters to the Afghan Air Force in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Ordered against MDHI’s 5-year, $1.4 billion IDIQ, these aircraft are the first of 30 new MD 530F Cayuse Warrior helicopters that will join the AAF Aviation Unit this year. Delivered... Read more

Afghan MD530Fs to receive safety and endurance upgrades

Afghan MD530Fs to receive safety and endurance upgrades

24-Jan-2019Source: HeliHub.com

The Afghan Air Force will be upgrading their MD530F Cayuse Warrior helicopters. This upgrade will include crashworthy and auxiliary fuel tanks to ensure their safety, endurance and range. The US Army is looking for vendors to source and install the fuel tanks. The Afghan Air Force currently own 30 MD530F helicopters and have 25 more... Read more

Virginia Beach Police welcome MD530F

Virginia Beach Police welcome MD530F

5-Nov-2018Source: MD Helicopters

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) celebrates the delivery of a new MD 530F helicopter to the Virginia Beach Police Department (VBPD). As the first MD Helicopters-brand aircraft to join the VBPD Aviation Unit since the Helicopter Operations unit was established, the new MD 530F will be a powerful, reliable addition to their fleet, and will deliver... Read more

Kenya orders 6 MD530Fs

Kenya orders 6 MD530Fs

3-Oct-2018Source: MD Helicopters

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announced today receipt of the second Delivery Order issued against its 5-year, $1.4 billion light scout attack helicopter IDIQ contract. The firm, fixed-price award is for six (6) armed MD 530F Cayuse Warrior helicopters for Kenya Defence Forces (KDF), and includes initial logistics support (ILS) for the aircraft, aircraft systems and... Read more

MD delivers MD530F to Afghan Air Force

MD delivers MD530F to Afghan Air Force

12-Sep-2018Source: MD Helicopters

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announced today the delivery of the first five (5) MD 530F Cayuse Warrior helicopters to the Afghan Air Force in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Ordered against MDHI’s 5-year, $1.4 billion IDIQ, these aircraft are the first of 30 new MD 530F Cayuse Warrior helicopters that will join the AAF Aviation Unit this year. Delivered... Read more

Tennessee Valley Authority Purchases MD530F

Tennessee Valley Authority Purchases MD530F

10-Sep-2018Source: MD Helicopters

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) is proud to announce the purchase of a new MD 530F by Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). The proven MD 530F, single-engine helicopter is configured to support powerline utility, inspections, and construction operations throughout TVA’s multi-state service area, as well as increase safety and reduce costs. This will be the third MDHI... Read more

FAA approves all-glass cockpit for MD530F

FAA approves all-glass cockpit for MD530F

18-Jul-2018Source: MD Helicopters

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announces FAA-approval of its advanced, all-glass cockpit for the MD 530F (type certificate 369FF). Approved for production and as a type design option, this is the third glass cockpit certification MDHI has received in the last year. “My commitment to delivering next generation technologies that are both design and function-forward is unwavering,”... Read more

MD takes Hamilton County Sheriff MD530F to APSCON

MD takes Hamilton County Sheriff MD530F to APSCON

18-Jul-2018Source: MD Helicopters

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announces its participation in the 2018 Airborne Public Safety Aviation Convention (APSCON), July 11 -13, 2018 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, KY. The MDHI display will be anchored by a stunning MD 530F operated by Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) based in nearby Cincinnati, OH. HCSO is the most recent... Read more

Fresno County Sheriff welcomes new MD530F

Fresno County Sheriff welcomes new MD530F

1-Mar-2018Source: MD Helicopters

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) is proud to celebrate the delivery of a new, custom-configured MD 530F with the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO). Officially accepted into operation in February, it is an honor to deliver EAGLE 1 to the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office fleet, Sheriff Margaret Mims, and the Fresno County Board of Supervisors. With... Read more

Fresno County Sheriff’s Office MD 530F Purchase

Fresno County Sheriff’s Office MD 530F Purchase

27-Feb-2018Source: HeliHub.com

Fresno County Sheriff’s Office has recently purchased a new helicopter, Eagle One. Coming to a cost of $3.8 million, the MD 530F was partly paid for by federal asset forfeiture money. They currently have two older 530E helicopters, that they hope to sell in the near future, reports Fox26.  ... Read more

Gwinnett County Police Department purchase MD530F

Gwinnett County Police Department purchase MD530F

8-Jan-2018Source: MD Helicopters

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announces the purchase of a new MD 530F helicopter by the Gwinnett County Police Department Aviation Unit. Approved by the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners in December, the new MD 530F will replace one of the Department’s two helicopters that was involved in an accident earlier this year. The Gwinnett County Aviation... Read more

Gwinnett OKs replacement for crashed MD530F

Gwinnett OKs replacement for crashed MD530F

2-Jan-2018Source: HeliHub.com

Gwinnett County Police Department is currently looking to replace their crashed MD 530F helicopter. Insurance from the crash will cover $2.25 million, with the Police Tax Contingency Fund covering the remaining $1.7 million, reports Gwinnett Daily Post.... Read more

Hamilton County Sheriff receives 530F

Hamilton County Sheriff receives 530F

17-Oct-2017Source: MD Helicopters

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announces the delivery and return to service of an FAA-certified MD 530F (369FF type certification) to the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO), Cincinnati, Ohio. Operated since 1989 by HCSO as an MD 500E, this aircraft recently completed MDHI’s E-to-F Conversion program to emerge as a newly certified F-model helicopter with a... Read more

Triumph Agreement with MD Helicopters Extends Support

Triumph Agreement with MD Helicopters Extends Support

12-Oct-2017Source: Triumph Group

Triumph Group, Inc. (NYSE: TGI) congratulates MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) on the recent contract awards from the U.S. Army for their Armed MD 530 Scout Attack Helicopters. MDHI was awarded a five-year indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract from the Army to provide up to 150 armed MD 530 aircraft to U.S. and Partner Nation... Read more

MD Helicopters win $1.4 Billion MD530F contract

MD Helicopters win $1.4 Billion MD530F contract

6-Sep-2017Source: HeliHub.com

A contract posting by the US Dept of Defense yesterday indicates that MD Helicopters has been awarded a contract valued at $1,385,497,987 for the procurement of “an estimated quantity of” 150 MD530F helicopters.  Given the low rate of production of all models at MD for the last 8-10 years, there must have been a massive... Read more

Virginia Beach Police purchase a MD530F

Virginia Beach Police purchase a MD530F

5-Sep-2017Source: MD Helicopters

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) is proud to announce the purchase of a new, custom-configured MD 530F by the Virginia Beach Police Department Aviation Unit. This will be the first MD Helicopters aircraft to join the Virginia Beach Police Department since the Helicopter Operations unit was established. “The MD 530F is an exceptional aircraft for law enforcement... Read more

MD drops development of the MD540A

MD drops development of the MD540A

10-Aug-2017Source: HeliHub.com

MD Helicopters has decided to stop their development of their MD540A armed reconnaissance and light attack helicopter. They commented that because their current MD530F and MD530G models were based off the same Model 369FF as the MD540A, that they no longer require the helicopter. They are instead focusing on the development of a new single... Read more

Hamilton County Sheriff to upgrade MD500E to 530F standard

Hamilton County Sheriff to upgrade MD500E to 530F standard

11-Jul-2017Source: MD Helicopters

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) is proud to announce a new agreement with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, Cincinnati, Ohio, to upgrade its MD 500E helicopter to an FAA-certified MD 530F model helicopter. The E-model aircraft will be overhauled and re-certified as an F-model (Type Certificate 369FF) in just a period of a few weeks. The FAA-approved... Read more

MD Helicopters awarded $77M contract for Logistics Support for Afghanistan MD530F Fleet

MD Helicopters awarded $77M contract for Logistics Support for Afghanistan MD530F Fleet

25-May-2017Source: US DoD

MD Helicopters Inc., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $76,700,001 firm-fixed-price foreign military sales (Afghanistan) contract for contractor logistics support for the MD 530F aircraft fleet in support of the Afghanistan Air Force. One bid was solicited and one bid received. Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona; and Afghanistan, with an estimated completion date of May 31,... Read more

Kenya orders twelve MD530F helicopters

Kenya orders twelve MD530F helicopters

21-May-2017Source: DSCA

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Kenya for MD 530 aircraft. The estimated cost is $253 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on May 1, 2017. The Government of Kenya has requested a possible sale of twelve... Read more

MD Helicopters delivers last three MD530F to Afghan Air Force

MD Helicopters delivers last three MD530F to Afghan Air Force

23-Sep-2016Source: MD Helicopters

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announces the delivery of three (3) additional MD 530F Cayuse Warrior light scout attack helicopters to Hamid Karzai International Airport. With this delivery MD Helicopters has fulfilled – in less than 10 months – all requirements of an October 2015 contract awarded by the U.S. Department of the Army Non-Standard Rotary... Read more

MD Helicopters delivers last Afghan MD530Fs

MD Helicopters delivers last Afghan MD530Fs

8-Sep-2016Source: MD Helicopters

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announces the delivery of three (3) additional MD 530F Cayuse Warrior light scout attack helicopters to Hamid Karzai International Airport. With this delivery MD Helicopters has fulfilled – in less than 10 months – all requirements of an October 2015 contract awarded by the U.S. Department of the Army Non-Standard Rotary... Read more

MD Helicopters detail ALEA 2016 participation

MD Helicopters detail ALEA 2016 participation

21-Jul-2016Source: MD Helicopters

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announces its participation in the 2016 Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA) Expo, July 20-22, 2016, at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center, Savannah, Georgia. The MD Helicopters booth, #136, will feature one of two Gwinnett County Police Department Aviation Unit MD 530F helicopters. In 2015, Gwinnett County upgraded their proven... Read more

Afghan Air Force receives five new MD530F Cayuse Warriors

Afghan Air Force receives five new MD530F Cayuse Warriors

29-Jun-2016Source: USAF

Five new MD-530 Cayuse Warrior helicopters arrived at Hamid Karzai International Airport June 17, 2016, via a C-17 Globemaster III from Travis Air Force Base, Calif.  [HeliHub.com editor note – these include MD serial numbers 0223FF, 0256FF and 0257FF] The MD-530s were delivered to the Afghan Air Force providing them an expanded capability to support... Read more

MD Helicopters and Rolls-Royce to launch new M250-C47E/3 engine for MD530F

MD Helicopters and Rolls-Royce to launch new M250-C47E/3 engine for MD530F

2-Mar-2016Source: Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce and MD Helicopters have reached agreement to launch the new M250-C47E/3 variant for MD 530-series and growth derivative airframes. Rolls-Royce is the exclusive engine provider for MD Helicopters’ single-engine platforms. The new agreement continues a long-standing relationship between Rolls-Royce and MD Helicopters. Rolls-Royce M250 engine variants power multiple MD Helicopters aircraft, including the MD 500, MD 520N, MD 530F and... Read more

Afghan Air Force to receive 12 more MD530F Cayuse Warriors

Afghan Air Force to receive 12 more MD530F Cayuse Warriors

12-Jan-2016Source: MD Helicopters

MD Helicopters announced today receipt of a firm fixed price contract to manufacture and deliver twelve MD530F Cayuse Warrior Scout Attack Helicopters with enhanced mission equipment to the Afghan Air Force (AAF). This award, contracted through the Department of the Army Non-Standard Rotary Wing, reflects and reinforces the confidence of the U.S. Army in MD... Read more

Fresno Sheriff orders MD530F as MD500E replacement

Fresno Sheriff orders MD530F as MD500E replacement

5-Jan-2016Source: MD Helicopters

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) is pleased to announce an order by the Fresno County Sherriff’s Office, Fresno, California, for a new MD 530F. Unanimously approved by the Fresno County Board of Supervisors last week, the new MD 530F will deliver greater horsepower, increased payload capability, and reduced operating costs. Currently, Fresno County’s helicopter fleet includes... Read more

Las Vegas Metro Police takes delivery of new MD530F

Las Vegas Metro Police takes delivery of new MD530F

30-Oct-2015Source: MD Helicopters

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announced today the delivery of a new MD 530F helicopter to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) Aviation Unit. The LVMPD’s purchase of the new aircraft was approved by Metro’s Fiscal Affairs Committee on April 27. Collectively, the addition of the new MD 530F to LVMPD’s fleet will increase operational... Read more

Two Bear Air replaces crashed 500E with new 530F

Two Bear Air replaces crashed 500E with new 530F

26-Oct-2015Source: MD Helicopters

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announced today the purchase of a new MD 530F by Two Bear Air Rescue in Whitefish, Montana. The custom MD 530F will perform a variety of missions in support of search and rescue teams in Flathead County and other agencies across the rural and rugged landscape of Glacier National Park and... Read more

R66 production numbers speed past the H120 total

R66 production numbers speed past the H120 total

20-Oct-2015Source: HeliHub.com

Robinson Helicopter Co registered serial number 0690 on 9th October (it’s N959BC, if you want to check). This is a landmark achievement in the five-seat single-turbine world as it is the point where the total passes the production to date of the EC120 (now H120).  See also our comparison article between these two types from... Read more

Gwinnett County Police receive first 530F upgrade

Gwinnett County Police receive first 530F upgrade

2-Oct-2015Source: MD Helicopters

Gwinnett County MD 500E is the first of two aviation unit helicopters to get a make-over through the MDHI-exclusive, FAA-approved factory-recertification program Mesa, Ariz., September 30, 2015 – MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announced today the delivery of a newly certified, zero-time MD 530F helicopter to the Gwinnett County Police Department. Previously operated as an MD... Read more

Afghan Air Force says MD530F cannot cope

Afghan Air Force says MD530F cannot cope

30-Sep-2015Source: The New York Times

Col. Qalandar Shah Qalandari, Afghanistan’s most decorated pilot, recently took command of what was meant to be the building blocks of his country’s new air force: a squadron of shiny American-made attack helicopters, intended to solve the chronic lack of close air support for Afghan troops. See Full Story... Read more

MDHI Completes E-to-F conversions for Columbus Police

MDHI Completes E-to-F conversions for Columbus Police

15-Sep-2015Source: MD Helicopters

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announced today the delivery and return to service of two (2) Columbus Police Department helicopters. Operated as MD 500E models since 2007, the two aircraft are rejoining the Columbus Aviation Unit as new, factory-built, FAA-certified F-models. In June of this year the Columbus Division of Police committed to a revitalization of... Read more

MD Helicopters to integrate M260 rocket system on Afghan MD530Fs

MD Helicopters to integrate M260 rocket system on Afghan MD530Fs

15-Jul-2015

MD Helicopters Inc.,* Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $13,172,766 firm-fixed-price foreign military sales contract (Afghanistan) for the procurement, installation, integration, testing, and Army-approved airworthiness qualification support of M260 rockets and the fixed forward weapon sights on the armed MD530F Mission Equipment Package (MEP) aircraft. Integration on one U.S. government furnished armed MD530F MEP unit will... Read more

Mesa Police adds new MD530F to fleet

Mesa Police adds new MD530F to fleet

1-Jul-2015Source: KPHO/KTVK

The new MD530F replaces an MD500E which was lost after an accident last year.  See full story. The new aircraft is registered N507MP but as of today, the FAA shows this as reserved and not allocated. The aircraft serial is 0226FF, currently registered N60426 Last years accident  – see 08-Jun-14 N504MP MD Helicopters MD500E Gilbert,... Read more

Columbus PD to Convert 500Es to 530Fs

Columbus PD to Convert 500Es to 530Fs

15-Jun-2015Source: MD Helicopters

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announced today an agreement with the Columbus Division of Police, Columbus, Ohio, to upgrade four of the Aviation Unit’s six MD 500E helicopters to new MD 530Fs. Available exclusively through the MD Helicopters factory, the E-to-F conversion allows MD 500E operators the option to factory-recertify their aircraft as a brand new... Read more

Las Vegas Metro Police orders replacement MD530F

Las Vegas Metro Police orders replacement MD530F

7-May-2015Source: MD Helicopters

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announced today a new contract to manufacture and deliver a custom-configured MD 530F helicopter for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Aviation Unit. Acquisition of the MD 530F, the preferred helicopter for airborne law enforcement missions in hot and high environments, was approved by Metro’s Fiscal Affairs Committee on April 27.... Read more

EASA approves 270 pound increase for MD Explorer

EASA approves 270 pound increase for MD Explorer

28-Apr-2015Source: MD Helicopters

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announced today that the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has approved an increased maximum gross weight of 6,770 pounds for the MD 900/902 Explorer. The extra 270 pound payload will allow operators in all market segments to expand the already superior mission capabilities of this versatile twin-engine aircraft. The FAA previously... Read more

MD Helicopters awarded $31M contract for five months of MD530F support

MD Helicopters awarded $31M contract for five months of MD530F support

23-Mar-2015Source: US DoD

MD Helicopter Inc.,* Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $31,605,244 firm-fixed-price contract for five months of logistical support for 12 MD530F aircraft. Fiscal 2015 other procurement (Army) funds in the amount of $15,486,569 were obligated at the time of the award. Estimated completion date is Aug. 30, 2015. Bids were solicited via the Internet with one... Read more

Gwinnett police to upgrade two 500Es to 530F standard

Gwinnett police to upgrade two 500Es to 530F standard

19-Mar-2015Source: AJC

Gwinnett commissioners on Tuesday approved three contracts to replace both helicopters used by the police department’s aviation unit for less than half the cost of buying new ones. Both units date to the mid-1980s. See Full Story... Read more

Mesa Police orders new MD530F

Mesa Police orders new MD530F

5-Mar-2015Source: MD Helicopter

MD Helicopters Inc. (MDHI) announced today a new contract to manufacture and deliver a new helicopter for the Mesa Police Department Aviation Unit. Acquisition of the new MD 530F was approved by the Mesa City Council as an addition to the Department’s existing helicopter fleet of two MD 500E turbine helicopters. The 530F is perfectly... Read more

Phoenix Heliparts Earns New STC to Install Aspen Avionics Glass Cockpits in MD Helicopters

Phoenix Heliparts Earns New STC to Install Aspen Avionics Glass Cockpits in MD Helicopters

1-Mar-2015Source: Phoenix Heliparts

Phoenix Heliparts today announced the approval of a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) that allows installation of the Aspen Avionics Evolution Flight Display System in a range of MD Helicopters. The STC authorizes Phoenix Heliparts to install Aspen’s single- or dual-display Pilot, Pro 1000, Pro 1500 and Pro 2000 systems in MD 369, MD 530F, MD... Read more

31-Dec-14 N530KK MD Helicopters MD530F Las Vegas, US-Nevada

31-Dec-14 N530KK MD Helicopters MD530F Las Vegas, US-Nevada

31-Dec-2014

Very heavy landing in residential area, minor injuries to 2 POB later named as David Callen and Paul Lourenco.... Read more

MD Helicopters awarded Saudi MD530F support contract

MD Helicopters awarded Saudi MD530F support contract

14-Nov-2014Source: MD

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) has been awarded a firm fixed price contract to support the MD 530F primary training helicopter fleet currently in service with the Saudi Arabian National Guard. Awarded by the Department of the Army, Army Contracting Command-Redstone Arsenal, the initial contract value is $976,222 for a period of performance through October 2015.... Read more

MD Helicopters awarded $44M more for Afghan MD530F weapon system

MD Helicopters awarded $44M more for Afghan MD530F weapon system

2-Oct-2014Source: US DoD

MD Helicopters, Inc., Mesa, Arizona was awarded a not to exceed $44,200,000 firm-fixed-price, foreign military sales (Afghanistan) undefinitized contract action for the integration, testing, procurement, modification and installation of a weapon system onto the seventeen MD 530F aircraft. Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona with an estimated completion date of Sept. 29, 2015. One... Read more

MD Helicopters to supply 12 more MD530F to Afghanistan

MD Helicopters to supply 12 more MD530F to Afghanistan

1-Oct-2014Source: US DoD

MD Helicopters, Inc., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $35,670,600 modification (P00019) to firm-fixed-price contract W58RGZ-11-C-0070 to exercise an option to provide 12 rotary wing primary trainer MD 530F aircraft for the Afghan military. Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 29, 2015. Foreign Military Sales funds in the... 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

Bolivian Minister of Interior orders two MD530F

Bolivian Minister of Interior orders two MD530F

26-Feb-2014Source: MD Helicopters

MD Helicopters Inc. (MDHI), a Lynn Tilton company and leading manufacturer of commercial, air-rescue, military and law enforcement helicopters, announced that the Bolivian Ministry of the Interior has placed orders for two MD 530F aircraft.  The aircraft will be operated by the Bolivian National Police to provide additional airborne security for the Ministry of the... Read more

Phoenix Heliparts to deliver customized MD530F to California customer

Phoenix Heliparts to deliver customized MD530F to California customer

25-Feb-2014Source: Phoenix Heliparts

Modification and Integration specialist, Phoenix Heliparts has contracted with a California pilot for a total refurbishment and upgrade of an MD530F helicopter, including a complete digital avionics package and modern interior.  It will then be populated, painted and made ready for delivery in September. The latest full-scale airframe refurbishment and complete avionics modernization is for... 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

Boeing awarded $49M for MH-6 Mission Enhanced Little Bird program

Boeing awarded $49M for MH-6 Mission Enhanced Little Bird program

1-Oct-2013Source: US DoD

The Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, is being awarded a maximum $49,580,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for engineering, analysis, test and technical support services and procurement in support of developmental, production, and sustainment of the Mission Enhanced Little Bird aircraft. Fiscal 2013 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $5,382,500 are being obligated at... Read more

07-Sep-13 MD Helicopters MD530F Shindand, Afghanistan

07-Sep-13 MD Helicopters MD530F Shindand, Afghanistan

7-Sep-2013

Landed on an IED during training flight, blowing one skid off.  Helicopter caught fire.  2 POB were U.S. Army CW4 Thomas “Andy” Miller and Afghan air force Lt. Massoud Islamkhil – both were saved by a Mi-17 crew... Read more

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