MD Helicopters delivers second MD 500E to Polk County

MD Helicopters held a ceremonial delivery of a new MD 500E helicopter for the Polk County Florida Sheriff’s Office (PCSO).  The acceptance took place at the MD Helicopters booth at last month’s ALEA conference held in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Craig Kitchen, chief commercial officer of MDHI, said: “We are honoured to deliver a second MD 500E to expand the mission capabilities of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office Aviation Unit.”

“The 500E offers outstanding speed, agility, low operating costs and unmatched versatility to enable safe and efficient airborne law enforcement missions. We look forward to providing exceptional support to the PCSO and are pleased to showcase this renowned aircraft at the ALEA show, near our home base in Mesa,” added Kitchen.

Rob Oakman, Captain at PCSO said: “The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is proud to take delivery of this exceptional MD 500E aircraft. This newest addition to our fleet has been equipped to significantly increase our support capabilities to ground units with pursuits, backup, surveillance, and search and rescue missions.”

The new aircraft is the second MD 500E delivery to the PCSO, continuing their fleet renewal plan of the remaining OH-58 aircraft.

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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