MD 500E

The MD 500E® helicopter delivers the highest speed, payload and productivity in its class. Rear seat passengers have greater headroom and visibility than earlier Model 500s. Refinements provide first class front and rear seating with ample legroom. The T-shaped instrument panel provides place for a full complement of modern avionics. With a five-bladed main rotor and the choice of a 420-shp Rolls-Royce 250- C20B or 450-shp Rolls-Royce 250-C20R turbine engine, the MD 500E is the best performing helicopter in its class. Proven reliability of the derated turbine engine, fail-safe design and a network of factory-authorized service centers assure customer satisfaction.

The MD 500E has a relatively small diameter main rotor system and a short tail with a high horizontal stabilizer with two tip plates to provide vertical, longitudinal, and lateral stability in forward flight. Rotor blades can be folded to allow confined-enclosure storage. The MD 500E is certified for single pilot operation under visual flight rules / visual meteorological conditions.

Typical mission applications for the MD 500E helicopter are fast transport, aerial survey, game work, high value goods security transport, photography assignments, agricultural, firing fighting, air rescue, police air support, and numerous other missions within the private, paramilitary, security, petroleum, game and forestry industries.

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Maximum Cruise Speed: 249 km/h
Maximum Permitted Speed: 282 km/h
Maximum Range: 478 km
Maximum Endurance: 2.8 hrs
Maximum Operating Altitude: 4877 m
Standard Weight: 1361 kg
Empty Weight: 686 kg
Useful Load: 489 kg
Fuel Capacity: 183
Engine: Rolls-Royce 250-C20R/2 engine, 450 shp (355 kW)
Height: 9.40 ft 2.86 m
Width: 4.57 ft 1.40 m
Length: 24.71 ft 7.53 m
Main Rotor Diameter: 26.40 ft 8.05 m
Powerplant: Rolls Royce 250-C20B or 250-C20R/2
Number of Seats: Five (5)
Number of Main Rotor Blades: Five (5)
Number of Tail Blades: Two (2) Standard, 4 (Four) Optional for noise reduction
Number of Baggage Compartments: Belly mounted pod available
Instruments & Avionics: Dual tachometer NR and N2, Engine oil pressure indicator, Engine oil temperature indicator, Engine torque meter, N1 tachometer, Engine chip detector warning light, Engine out warning light, Fuel filter obstruction warning light, Fuel low warning light, Generator out warning light, Fuel quantity indicator, Digital chronometer, Airspeed indicator, Barometric altimeter, DC ammeter, Outside air temperature indicator, Magnetic compass, Turbine outlet temperature indicator, Battery over-temperature warning light, Low rotor rpm warning light, Main transmission chip detector warning light, Main transmission oil pressure warning light, Main transmission oil temperature warning light, Tail rotor transmission chip detector warning light
Electrical Equipment: Cabin 28-volt utility outlet, External power receptacle, Anti-collision lights (2), Landing light nose mounted, Position lights, 85-amp starter-generator, Battery heavy duty 17 amp-hour battery
Powerplant: Automatic engine re-ignition, Inlet barrier filter, Engine anti-ice, Engine wash kit, Facet oil filter
MIscellaneous: Cargo tie-down fittings, Passenger seats with three-point restraint harness, Extended landing gear, Rapid door removal hinges (cockpit and cabin), Tinted canopy windows, Tinted door windows, Fuselage hard mounts
Comment: This list is not exhaustive but a sample of what is available
Aircraft Equipment: Diamond J turbine outlet temperature indicator, Avionics cooling fan, Right-hand command pilot, Slant panel pedestal, Night vision goggle compatible lighting, Heated pitot tube, Paravion door openers, Comfort windows, Moveable landing/searchlight, Landing light pulse system, Pilot Mason Grip, Generator cooling kit, Engine bay quick release hinges, Exterior crew handles, Air conditioning R-134 w/ forward evaporator, Wire strike protection kit, Twenty-one gallon auxiliary fuel tank, Thirty-three gallon auxiliary fuel tank, High-visibility main rotor blades
Avionics: Blind encoder, Encoding altimeter 3-inch, Radar altimeter w/indicator, Attitude gyro indicator, 3-inch, Directional gyro - panel mounted, Compass system ,Radio magnetic indicator, Various NAV / COM / GPS equipment, Various transponders, Various displays, radios, transceivers, and data links Various audio panels, intercoms, CD/IPAD player, AM / FM radios, Cyclic remote frequency switch, Hand held radio provisions
Flight Equipment: Instantaneous vertical speed indicator, Attitude gyro indicator, 3-inch, Directional gyro - panel mounted, Turn and bank indicator, 2-inch, Turn and bank indicator, 3-inch
Special Mission Equipment: External PA / siren system, Forward looking infrared sensor FLIR, Dual side mount Searchlights, Video turret side mount, Agricultural Spray Tank, SWAT platform, Cargo hook, Floats
Max Permitted Speed: 152 kt 282 km/hr
Max Range: 258 nm 478 km
Max Endurance: 2.8 hours
Max rate of Climb: 1770 ft/min 9.0 m/sec
Max Operating Altitude: 16000 ft 4877 m
Service Ceiling: 13900 ft 4237 m
Max Hook Capacity: 2000 lb 907 kg
Hover in Ground Effect (HIGE): 8500 ft 2591 m
Max Takeoff Gross Weight: 3000 lb 1361 kg
MTOGW External Load Operations: 3550 lb 1610 m
Empty Weight (Standard Config): 1481 lb 672 kg
Useful Load: 1519 lb 689 kg
External Load Operations: 2069 lb 938 kg
Fuel Capacity: 403 lb 183 kg
Max Cruise Speed: 135 kt 249 km/hr
Hover Out of Ground Effect: 6800 ft 2073 m
Maximum Cruise Speed: 135 kt 249 kmh
Maximum Permitted Speed: 152 kt 282 kmh
Maximum Range: 255 nm 472 km
Maximum Endurance: 2.7 Hours
Maximum Rate of Climb: 1770 ft/min 9.0 m/sec
Maximum Operating Altitude: 16000 ft 4877 m
Service Ceiling: 16500 ft 5029 m
Maximum Hook Capacity: 2000 lb 907 kg
Hover in Ground Effect (HIGE): 11300 lb 3444 m
Hover Out of Ground Effect: 9500 ft 2896 m
Maximum Takeoff Gross Weight: 3000 lb 1361 kg
MTOGW External Load Operations: 3550 lb 1610 kg
Empty Weight (Standard Config): 1517 lb 686 kg
Useful Load: 1483 lb 673 kg
External Load Operations: 2033 lb 922 m
Fuel Capacity: 403 lb 183 kg