EASA approves max gross weight increase for MD900/902 Explorer

MD Helicopters announces that EASA has approved an increased maximum gross weight of 6,770 pounds for the MD 900/902 Explorer. The FAA previously approved this increase in March 2013.

The MD 900/902 Explorer entered service in 1994 and nearly 50 percent of the global MD900/902 Explorer fleet is used in EMS, law enforcement and parapublic services in Europe.

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Lynn Tilton, owner and CEO of MD Helicopters said: “We couldn’t be more pleased that this certification is finally complete for our European customers.”

“We couldn’t be more pleased that this certification is finally complete for our European customers.”

“Since the FAA granted this capabilities enhancement in 2013, many of our operators have seen an increase in the already impressive mission versatility of this aircraft. It is long overdue, and I am pleased that our European Community customers can now benefit from the same certification,” added Tilton.

The MD900/902 is powered by two Pratt and Whitney Canada PW207E engines and is fitted with a NOTAR, no tail rotor system.

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: terry@corporatejetinvestor.com or follow him on twitter @Terry_Spruce

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