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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Phoenix Heliparts Restores Magnum PI MD500

By Robert Moorman

Phoenix Heliparts (Booth C1527), an aftermarket MRO and rotorcraft parts supplier, is one of more than 725 businesses that will exhibit at Heli-Expo 2013 in Las Vegas.

Tina and Darin Cannon, a veteran aircraft maintenance technician (AMT) with experience in MDs, the Bell 206 and the Aerospatiale/Eurocopter AS350, started their aftermarket repair and parts business in 2003, in the garage of their home.

“We found a niche in doing heavy maintenance and repair of legacy aircraft,” said Tina Cannon, president. The company works on older fixed and rotary wing aircraft, but specializes in restoring no longer manufactured rotorcraft, such as the MD500D, which remains very popular with law enforcement and utility operators.

 

Phoenix Heliparts is restoring an exact replica of the MD500 used in the TV series, “Magnum PI” for its booth at Heli-Expo. Photo courtesy of Phoenix Heliparts

 

If needed, Phoenix Heliports can completely strip down an older helicopter and repair—can’t say rebuild because of FAA rules—the aircraft, adding the “latest and greatest technology,” Cannon said. The company can install new engines and avionics for operators.

Phoenix Heliparts also works on Bell products. At present, Phoenix Heliparts is a prime subcontractor to Huntsville, Ala.-based Science and Engineering Co., which has a $350-million contract to restore Bell UH-1s for the U.S. Department of State.

At Heli-Expo, Phoenix Heliparts—which is celebrating its 10th anniversary—will exhibit at Booth C-1527 an exact replica of the MD500 helicopter used for the “Magnum PI” television series, down to the same N number and paint job. The successful TV show ran from 1980 to 1988. Two cast members from the original cast, Roger E. Mosley (TC, the pilot) and Larry Minetti (Rick) will be on hand to sign the aircraft. Minetti has written a book, “Aloha Magnum,” which he will sign for readers.

The aircraft has been sold to Paradise Helicopters, which will take the helicopter back to Honolulu.
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