Minnesota DNR orders an MD 500E

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has ordered a new MD 500E helicopter.

This will be the first MD helicopter to join the DNR since the Aviation Unit was born in 1947. The MD 500E will join six fixed wing aircraft and two additional rotorcraft in the DNR hangars. In 2014, these aircraft combined to fly nearly 2,000 mission hours.

Craig Kitchen, chief commercial officer for MD Helicopters said: “From wildlife surveys to baiting, relocation and reconnaissance, and from fire detection and control to search and rescue efforts, telemetry studies and fish stocking, the DNR Aviation Unit plays such an incredibly important role in resource management. We are honoured the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources chose to expand their fleet with the MD 500E.”

Tom Buker, chief pilot for the Minnesota Department of Resources Enforcement Division added: “We needed an aircraft with a great safety record and small footprint that was affordable to operate. This helicopter will be a great addition to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ fleet of aircraft. It will help us better meet our ongoing commitments to conserve and manage the state’s natural resources.”

The new MD 500E is scheduled to begin service with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in March 2016.

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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