Two Bear Air Rescue orders new MD 530F
Two Bear Air Rescue based in Whitefish, Montana has ordered a new MD 530F. The custom MD 530F will perform a variety of missions in support of search and rescue teams in Flathead County and other agencies across the Glacier National Park and surrounding area.
Two Bear Air Rescue welcomed their first MD helicopter, an MD 500E, in 2013. In August of this year, after participating in a wide variety of missions and nearly 500 flight hours, the helicopter was lost while supporting fire control efforts near Beaver Lake.
Two Bear Air executive director and pilot, Jordan White, was in command, and walked away without injury.
“Two Bear Air Rescue selected our first MD 500 based on the helicopter’s manoeuvrability, lift capability, and superior crashworthy design.”
Jordan White said: “Two Bear Air Rescue selected our first MD 500 based on the helicopter’s manoeuvrability, lift capability, and superior crashworthy design. While I never expected to go through a crash, as a pilot, you know it is possible. The transition and recurrent training I received from MD Helicopters, coupled with the quality design of the helicopter made all the difference. I took a rotor blade through the windshield and swam out of an upside down sinking helicopter. There was no question we would stick with the MD 500 series, but were especially grateful when MD Helicopters bent over backwards to get us into the 530F.”
“Jordan and the team at Two Bear Air provide an invaluable service to the citizens and visitors in and around Glacier National Park.”
Craig Kitchen, CCO of MD Helicopters added: “Jordan and the team at Two Bear Air provide an invaluable service to the citizens and visitors in and around Glacier National Park. This new MD 530F will be a powerful, reliable addition to their fleet; delivering increased mission versatility, reliable hot temperature, high-altitude performance, and an extended range to support longer flight times. We look forward to having Two Bear Air Rescue as part of the MDHI family for years to come.”
The new MD 530F is scheduled to begin service with Two Bear Air Rescue in the first quarter of 2016.