MD Helicopters MD500E: Buyer’s and Investor’s Guide

The MD Helicopters MD500E has its origins in the Hughes 500 helicopter. Many of the smaller US police units will operate this helicopter in traffic control and aerial pursuit.
Polk County Sheriff's Office MD Helicopters MD500E

An MD500E helicopter owned and operated by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office in Florida.

MD Helicopters is a Lynn Tilton company based in the US. Other  MD500 series currently in production include the MD520N and a military version, the MD530F.

Mission: Corporate, Aerial Law Enforcement, VIP

First Delivery: 1976

Fleet: Over 4,700

Category: Light Single


Max Speed (Vne): 152 knots (175 mph/282 kmh)

Max Cruise (Vh): 125 knots (144 mph/232 kmh)

Max Range: 375 miles (605kms)


Max takeoff gross weight: 3,000 lbs (1,361 kgs)

Empty weight: 1,481 lbs (672 kgs)

Passengers: 3 (2 crew) or 4 with single pilot

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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