MD Helicopters Inc announced today, August 31, 2017, that the Virginia Beach Police Department Aviation Unit has purchased a custom configured MD 530F. This marks the first MD Helicopter to join the Virginia Beach Police Department Aviation Unit since its incorporation.
“The MD 530F is an exceptional aircraft for law enforcement operations,” said Andy Pillado, Vice President, Commercial & Military Sales and Marketing for MD Helicopters. “More than just a force multiplier, this aircraft is an affordable, powerful performer that delivers reliability and increased mission versatility.”
The city of Virginia Beach is the most populated city in Virginia, and covers over 500 square miles between land and water with a population of more than 450,000. The Virginia Beach Police Department Aviation Unit provides air assets seven days a week from 7:00 am to 3:00am providing support to ground units in the execution of air patrol, search and rescue, surveillance along with crime scene and damage assessment operations. The unit, operating as a two person flight crew, is also tasked with dignitary transports and Project Lifesaver support as needed.
The Virginia Beach Police right hand command MD 530F will feature a Rolls-Royce 250-C30 650shp turbine engine, extended landing gear, Fargo 21 gallon auxiliary fuel tank, and wire strike protection system. High-contrast main rotor blades, a FLIR® Star SAFIRE 380HDc EOIR system, a new TrakkaBeam® A800 searchlight, and an NVISB interior will provide enhanced visibility for both officers and citizens during low-light operations.
The all-glass cockpit features the Garmin 500H EFIS flight display, Garmin GTN650H touchscreen GPS/Navigation and communications panel, Garmin GMA 350H audio panel, Howell Instruments Engine Instruments Display, Technisonic TDFM 9300 and Garmin GTR 225 multi-band airborne radios, and Churchill ARS-600 airborne mapping system.
“It is truly an honor to be joining the Virginia Beach Police Department family,” Pillado concludes. “We are excited about the role this aircraft will play in protecting the citizens of Virginia Beach, and look forward to a long and growing relationship.”
MD Helicopters will deliver the new, custom-configured MD 530F to the Virginia Beach Police Department Aviation Unit in the second quarter of 2018.