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

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Polk County Sheriff's Office MD Helicopters MD500E

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