A U.S. Customs MD 600N helicopter was damaged last month during the seizure of a half-ton of marijuana when a group threw rocks at the aircraft. The incident took place at the climax of a raid on a group of 13 men as they tried to smuggle the contraband using a raft to cross the Rio Grande River near McAllen, Texas.
MD Helicopters MD 600
MD Helicopters of Mesa, Ariz., said five MD 600Ns have exhibited cracks in the tailcone attachment area, and that an inspection bulletin is forthcoming to operators of the 53 aircraft currently flying. Concern over the cracks surfaced following the discovery of damage to the Notar-system tailcone attachment structure during a routine inspection of the MD 600N operated by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department.
Market research products and services specialist Amstat (Booth No. 3931) announced the addition of the the MD Helicopters 500E, 520N, 530FF, 600N and 900 to its Amstat Helicopter Service.
The service provides regularly updated helicopter owner and operator contacts, detailed transaction activity by aircraft and market (including finance details) and verified lists of helicopters for sale.
Buyers of new MD Helicopters MD 600N, MD 520N, MD 530F and MD 500E models will fly away with instrument panels full of Garmin avionics starting with purchase agreements signed this year. MD Helicopters decided to switch to Garmin as the standard avionics package for its single-engine helicopters; the current options for the MD Helicopters products list Bendix/King avionics. The Garmin package includes
MD 600N, Vicksburg, Miss., Feb. 6, 2007–The NTSB said the loss of engine power on the MD 600, which landed hard on a logging road, was due to fuel starvation because the fuel transfer check valve was stuck in the closed position. The pilot was en route to refuel the helicopter, cruising at 115 knots at 500 feet agl, when the engine quit. The pilot autorotated and landed on the road, surrounded by tall trees.
MD Helicopters completed a restructuring last month in which Patriarch Partners, a New York financial firm, acquired a controlling interest in the Mesa, Ariz. helicopter manufacturer. RDM, a Netherlands-based group that purchased the company from Boeing in 1999, retains a minority interest.
MD Helicopters has chosen Chelton Flight Systems to supply the EFIS cockpit for its light single helicopters. Beginning late next year, the helicopters will be available with factory-installed dual Chelton EFIS displays, a solid-state AHRS (attitude heading reference system), an air-data computer and a GPS/WAAS (wide-area augmentation system) receiver.
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