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.”