Missouri-based CoxHealth recently sent its MD 902 Explorer to MD Helicopters for a 5,000-hour airframe overhaul, multiple inspections, repairs and modifications. In partnership with Air Methods, CoxHealth operates Cox Air Care with two MD 902 Explorers, providing helicopter air ambulance services throughout southwest Missouri and parts of northwest Arkansas from its bases at Cox South in Springfield and Citizens Memorial Healthcare in Bolivar, Missouri.
“Cox entrusted our MDHI team to perform a significant amount of work on its aircraft in addition to an overhaul, including inspections, a nose-mounted SX-5 Night Sun installation, roof rib bracket upgrade and thruster modification,” says Nick Nenadovic, VP of aftermarket and customer support at MD Helicopters. “Due to our exceptional workforce, full tooling, maintenance, inspection and equipment availability, our factory service centre was able to perform all of this work quickly and economically, getting CoxHealth back in the air with its aircraft flying like new.”
MDHI's factory service centre provides high quality repair and overhaul services for its complete line of aircraft, including restoring or exchanging parts from an extensive pool of transmissions, rotorhubs and swashplates. From routine inspections and overhauls to refurbishment and upgrades, engineers and technicians at the service centre return all aircraft to ‘practically new’ condition.
The MD 902, featuring MDHI's proprietary NOTAR technology, offers improved safety, a larger cabin, smoother flight and a reduced noise profile versus other helicopters in its class. This combination enables in-flight medical crews to safely and rapidly deliver the vital critical care that could be the difference between life and death.