Wednesday, September 16, 2015
MDHI Converts Helos for Ohio PD
MD Helicopters has delivered two converted helicopters to the Columbus, Ohio, Police Department for its return to service. In June, the Columbus Division of Police committed to a revitalization of their Aviation Unit through the MDHI-exclusive, FAA-certified E-to-F Conversion program. The first two of four aircraft to be converted arrived at MDHI's Mesa facility on June 24, 2015. Each aircraft received a complete inspection and all required maintenance was completed. The conversion consisted of an engine upgrade from the Rolls-Royce 250-C20B to the more powerful RR250-C30 as well as replacement of the blades and stabilizers, and the addition of a Fargo Auxiliary Fuel Tank, resulting in increased operational range, flight time and hot-and-high performance capability. Lt. Greg Estep, who oversees the Columbus Police Department helicopter unit, and members of his team accepted delivery of the two newly certified, zero-time F-model helicopters on Sept. 9, and after completing the required Type training, it flew its new, zero-time F-models back to Columbus where they will soon return to active service. Columbus' two remaining MD 500Es will arrive in Mesa this month and return to service with a new, FAA-approved 369FF type certification in December.
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