MD Helicopters delivers MD520N to Volusia County

MD Helicopters has delivered a MD520N helicopter to the Volusia County Mosquito Control in Florida.

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The decision to acquire the new MD520N to the Volusia County fleet was announced in March 2015 as an expansion of the department’s ability to inspect and treat the region’s wet and drylands not easily serviceable by trucks or other ground methods. With the addition of the MD520N, the Volusia County Mosquito Control Unit now operates three MD helicopters including two MD500E models.

“After more than 20 years as part of the MD Helicopters family we are excited Volusia County decided to expand their MD fleet with this incredible aircraft.”

“After more than 20 years as part of the MD Helicopters family we are excited Volusia County decided to expand their MD fleet with this incredible aircraft,” said Craig Kitchen, chief commercial officer for MD Helicopters. “The 520N features our exclusive NOTAR system; a no tail-rotor technology that delivers a best-in-class blend of safer performance in swampy, overgrown areas, and a lower noise profile for quieter operation in highly populated areas. We are confident this beautiful new aircraft will exceed all performance expectations.”

The dynamic yellow paint scheme of Volusia County’s MD520N combined with high-contrast main rotor blades delivers increased visibility when flying through areas of dense brush or in low-light scenarios.

“We use helicopters to survey mosquito larval production on the salt marsh and other areas. If larvae are found, the helicopter makes an insecticide application to about one hundred acres at a time.”

Jim McNelly, director of the county’s Mosquito Control Division said: “We use helicopters to survey mosquito larval production on the salt marsh and other areas. If larvae are found, the helicopter makes an insecticide application to about one hundred acres at a time. The helicopters also are used to control adult mosquito populations where there is a particular annoyance or disease concern and where truck operations are insufficient to cover the area.”

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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