MD Helicopters, March 04, 2015 - 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 suited for operation in the extreme Arizona heat, and will provide enhanced aerial support capabilities for Mesa’s growing aviation unit that already includes three MD 500E helicopters.
The Mesa Police Department’s MD 530F will feature a 650shp Rolls-Royce 250-C30 engine, extended tail boom and longer main-rotor blades, and will be equipped with a complete Garmin suite, including the latest 500H glass cockpit, GTS800 Traffic Avoidance System and GTN 650 to support navigation, communications and safe flight operations. The new aircraft retains the characteristics of speed, agility and maneuverability of all MD 500-series helicopters, and pairs well with the unit’s existing fleet; delivering the added benefits of common tooling, parts and familiar engine OEM.
“We are proud that the Mesa Police Department has selected to expand its airborne law enforcement capabilities with the addition of another MD helicopter; the powerful, dependable MD 530F,” said Lynn Tilton, Chief Executive Officer at MD Helicopters. “It is a great honor that our local police force has chosen to fly in an aircraft built locally. It is a great pleasure to support this great force in its service to our community.”
A natural enhancement to Mesa’s existing fleet of MD 500E helicopters, the MD 530F is the finest high-altitude, hot-day performer in its class, offering the speed and overall versatility required to optimize the Mesa PD’s aerial support of pursuit, surveillance, and search and rescue missions.”
MD Helicopters will deliver the new, custom-configured MD 530F in Spring 2015.
MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI), a Lynn Tilton company, is a leading manufacturer of commercial, military, law enforcement and air-rescue helicopters. The MDHI family of rotorcraft is world renowned for its value, versatility and performance. The MD Helicopters family includes the twin-engine MD Explorer, and single engine versions of the MD 600N, MD 520N, MD 500E MD 530F, MD 530G and MD 540A. The innovative NOTAR® system for anti-torque control with no tail rotor is used exclusively by MD Helicopters to provide safer, quieter and confined-area access capability.
The Mesa Police Department Aviation Unit is based at Mesa’s Falcon Field Airport. For the past 20 years, Mesa Police helicopters have averaged nearly 8 flight hours per day, seven days per week. Proven to be an invaluable law enforcement tool, the Mesa Police Department Aviation Unit has an average response time to a scene of just 54 seconds, and has been instrumental in the recovery of nearly $18,000,000 in stolen property and in locating over 600 missing persons (most of whom have been lost children).