MD Helicopters MD Explorer:

MD Helicopters MD Explorer is the largest aircraft built by the US based company.

The light utility twin helicopter was designed in the 1990s by the McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Systems. The helicopter was originally built as the MD900 Explorer and there is now an upgraded model in production, the MD902 Explorer.

The MD Explorer is a twin engined helicopter with No Tail Rotor (NOTAR). The helicopter is used in many utility roles including air ambulance and by police and civil security authorities. The helicopter is powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW207E engines.

The FAA certified the Explorer helicopter on the 2 December 1994.

MD Helicopters is a Lynn Tilton company based in Mesa, Arizona in the US.

Mission: Corporate, Aerial Law Enforcement, VIP

First Flight:  18 December 1992

Category: Twin Utility


Max speed (Vne): 140 knots (161 mph/269 kmh)

Max cruise (Vh): 134 knots (154 mph/248 kmh)

Max range: 337 nautical miles (542 kms)


Max take-off gross weight: 6,250 lb (2,835 kg) internal load: 6,900 lb (3,129 kg) slung load

Empty weight: 3.375 lb (1,531 kg)

Passengers: 6 (2 crew)

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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