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AIRCRAFT

 

MDH 500

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Overview

The MD Helicopters MD 500 series is a family of light utility civilian and military helicopters. The MD 500 was developed from the Hughes 500, a civilian version of the US Army's OH-6A Cayuse/Loach, and would be available in basic five and seven seat configurations. A utility version with a more powerful engine was offered as the 500U (later called the 500C).

The 500 series features shock-absorbing landing skid struts, a turboshaft engine mounted at a 45 degree angle toward the rear of the cabin pod, a fuel tank cell under the floor and the battery in the nose. The engine exhaust port is located at the end of the cabin pod underneath the tailboom. It has a short-diameter main rotor system and a short tail.

In 1976 the improved Hughes 500D became the primary model. It has a more powerful engine, a T-tail and a new five-blade main rotor.

The 500D was replaced by the 500E from 1982. It has a pointed nose and various interior improvements such as greater head and leg room.

The 530F was a more powerful version of the 500E, optimised for hot and high work.

McDonnell Douglas acquired Hughes Helicopters in January 1984, and from August 1985 the 500E and 530F were built as the MD 500E and MD 530F Lifter.

Following the 1997 Boeing-McDonnell Douglas merger, Boeing sold the former MD civil helicopter lines to MD Helicopters in early 1999.

Specifications
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Variant types
World fleetCharter fleetTypical paxCabin volumeCruiseRangeYears
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MDH 530F ●●● ●● ●●●●●●●●● ●●●●●●● ●●●●●● ●●●●●●●●●●

 

Manufacturing data
For detailed information about the manufacture of this aircraft, please consult our sister publication Airframer: MD 500E/530F
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News from Business Air News
MD receives FAA approval for slimline cockpit
July 18, 2022
The slimline advanced glass cockpit modernises the MD500E platform for increased visibility and field of view. It is now standard in all new MD500E aircraft.
HLH Aviation takes delivery of MD 530F conversion
May 29, 2022
The utility operator upgraded its MD 500E to an F model to increase capability for powerline and vegetation management. It now boasts higher weight, increased speed and improved characteristics in confined areas.
GPMS attains Foresight MX STC for the MD530
March 17, 2022
The MD530 is widely used in public safety, utility, powerline and construction operations where low and slow flight regimes are common. The Foresight MX STC stands out in mission-critical operations like these.
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