MD moves forward on successful 530F conversion program in Ohio
On July 06, 2017, MD Helicopters announced that the Hamilton County (Ohio) Sheriff’s Office MD 500E helicopter would be upgraded to an FAA certified MD 530F under an agreement between the two. Under this MD exclusive conversion program, the department’s current 500E will be overhauled and re-certifed in a time period of less than 12 weeks. This overhaul is completed at MD Helicopters manufacturing facility and completions center in Mesa, Arizona. The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office has operated this MD 500E since 1989, where it serves alongside a MD 520N in their aviation unit.
“For more than a decade, our exclusive E-to-F conversion program has been an outstanding way for E-model operators to affordably upgrade the capability of their aircraft with minimal downtime,” said Nick Nenadovic, Vice President Aftermarket and Customer Support for MD Helicopters, Inc. “In just a few weeks, a proven E-model is converted into what is essentially a new, factory-built, FAA-certified F-model; returning to service stronger, faster and more capable of executing their missions than ever before.”
This “E to F conversion” offers increased hot weather performance as well as improved range and flight time. The upgrades in the overhaul include a more powerful RR-250-C30 turbine engine that will be replacing the Rolls Royce 250-C20B along with an additional Fargo Auxiliary Fuel Tank. The blades and stabilizers also get changed and a Garmin G500H dual screen electronic flight display is also installed.
“For almost 30 years the Aviation Unit has been an essential ‘eye-in-the-sky’ for our HCSO; providing support to ground patrol officers in the execution of pursuits, surveillance, and search and rescue missions,” said Sheriff Jim Neil, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office. “This aircraft has flown nearly 10,000 hours in service of the citizens of Hamilton County and the surrounding region. We look forward to welcoming Air Unit 1 home later this summer as a greatly enhanced resource, and to continuing our legacy of providing exceptional public safety to our citizens.”
The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office is responsible for providing primary airborne law enforcement support to more than eight hundred thousand residents and two hundred and forty square miles of Hamilton County of Ohio, as well as the nine surrounding counties in the Greater Cincinnati area.
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