MD Helicopters, March 02, 2016 - Mesa, Ariz. – MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) and Rolls-Royce, the exclusive engine provider for the company’s best in class single-engine platforms, have reached an agreement to continue their partnership to provide M250 engines, including the new M250-C47E/3 variant, for MD530-series aircraft as well as growth airframes.
This agreement extends a decades-long partnership between two iconic rotorcraft brands.
“We are honored to welcome the C47E/3 engine to our fleet, and to extend our long-term supply and service agreement with Rolls-Royce for the M250 engine variants that power our world-renown single- engine airframes,” said Lynn Tilton, Chief Executive Officer for MD Helicopters. “In the near term, the C47E/3 will deliver the increased power, improved hot-high performance, and reduced operating costs necessary to effectively support the expanding range of mission requirements of our MD 530F and 530G operators.”
“We are excited to continue our long-term relationship with MD Helicopters, and to be selected as the exclusive powerplant for their expanding single-engine rotorcraft fleet,” said .Jason Propes, Rolls-Royce, Senior Vice President Helicopters and Light Turboprop Engines.
The new M250-C47E/3 improves efficiency and performance to support a broad range of mission requirements. Key among the enhancements and operator benefits are:
Dual-channel FADEC interface to simplify engine instrument integration
Up to 8 percent improvement in ‘hot and high’ power
Nearly 4 percent increase in rated take-off power to 675 shaft horsepower
Reduced Specific Fuel Consumption (SFC) enabling increased range and payload
Reduced direct operating costs
Lower MRO over time due to parts commonality and reduced FADEC support costs
“Rolls-Royce has been a loyal partner since I purchased MD Helicopters in 2005,” Tilton concludes. “Our shared commitment to product innovation, design, flawless execution and, most importantly, the operator is resolute. I am confident the C47E/3 engine is the best path forward for our single-engine growth.”
Following receipt of FAA Type Certification, all MD530-series aircraft will be driven by the powerful and efficient M250-C47E/3 engine.
About MD Helicopters, Inc.: 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, and includes the twin-engine MD 902 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 – a key feature of the MD 902, MD 600N and MD 520N – is used exclusively by MD Helicopters to provide safer, quieter and confined-area access capability.