Columbus Police orders MD 500E

MD Helicopters has announced
that the City of Columbus
has ordered an MD 500E for delivery in 2012 and an option for a second aircraft
to be delivered in 2013. This purchase represents the thirteenth and fourteenth
MD 500E in active service in accordance with a continuous fleet renewal programme.

The Police Air Section
operates five MD 500E aircraft with the quiet, four-bladed tail rotor 800-1000
hours per year per aircraft. The Aviation Section patrols 250 square miles
during a planned 16 hour per day schedule. Since operation of the MD 500E
began, the Air Section has accumulated over 60,000 flight hours.

Lynn Tilton, chief executive
of MD Helicopters says, “We are honored to partner with the Columbus Police as
they continue to set the standard for law enforcement in America. We
appreciate their loyalty to our Company and commitment to our products.”

Terry Spruce

Terry is Senior News Editor and writes for both Corporate Jet Investor and Helicopter Investor. He is also responsible for our helicopter guides. Terry has been an aviation enthusiast since the early 1970s. He is a lapsed Private Pilot and ex-Piper Cherokee owner. He has flown a number of light aircraft and is comfortable sitting in the co-pilot's seat or the back of any aircraft. Before moving to journalism he was a banker for 20 years. You can contact him at: or follow him on twitter @Terry_Spruce

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