MD Helicopters MD 500E

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Manufacturer MD Helicotpers
Aircraft Type MD 500E
Base Aircraft Price (USD) $ 2,750,000
Direct Operating Cost $ 398
DOC / nm $ 2.95
DOC / nm / Seat $ 0.74
Max Cruise Speed (ktas) 135
Max Range (nm) 258
Useful Load (lbs) 1483
Total Seats 4
Cockpit 2
Standard Cabin Seats 2
Max Cabin Seats 3
Min Crew 1
Flight Deck (Base Spec) Gyro / Analog
Flight Rules VFR
Certification FAA / EASA
OEM Verification Un-Verified
Max Cruise Speed (ktas) 135
Long Range Cruise (ktas) 135
Max Range (nm) 258
Range Seats Full (nm) 258
Endurance (hrs) 2.8
Max Climb Rate (fpm) 1770
Service Ceiling (ft) 16000
Hover IGE (ft) 11300
Hover OGE (ft) 9500
MTOW (lbs) 3000
MTOW External Load (lbs) 3550
Max External Load (lbs) 2069
BEW (lbs) 1517
Useful Load (lbs) 1483
Fuel Capacity (lbs) 403
Useful Load Max Fuel (lbs) 1099
Rotor Diameter (ft) 26.4
Overall Height (ft) 8.7
Length (ft) 30.9
No. of Engines 1
Manufacturer Rolls-Royce
Model 250-C20B
Horsepower 420
TBO (hrs) 3500
Fuel Type JetFuel
Fuel Capacity (gal) 64
Fuel Burn (gph) 35
Flight Deck Gyro / Analog
Flight Rules VFR
Transponder 1
VHF Com 1
Total Seats 4
Cockpit 2
Standard Cabin Seats 2
Max Cabin Seats 3
Min Crew 1
Gear Type High Skids
Rotorhead 5-Blade Articulated
Tail Rotor 2-Blade
Pilot Training Credits 1
Airframe (Yrs) 1
Avionics (Yrs) 2
Standard Features
  • Shoulder Harnesses
  • Tinted Windows

The MD 500E® helicopter delivers the highest speed, payload and productivity in its class. With a five-bladed main rotor and your choice of a 420-shp Rolls-Royce 250-C20B or 450-shp Rolls-Royce 250-C20R turbine engine, the MD 500E offers unparalleled versatility for the broadest range of customer-defined missions.


The capability and sophistication of the MD 500E belies its low price and basic equipment level. The large, flat floor provides plenty of room for cargo, and the useful internal load of 1,519 pounds (689 kg) is ideally suited for most utility operations. Delivering high speed, payload and productivity with low direct operating cost, the MD 500E is equally as impressive for its responsive agility and reliability.



Like others in the MD 500 Series, the MD 500E features ample cabin space for up to five with unsurpassed visibility. Proven reliability of the derated turbine engine, fail-safe design and a worldwide network of factory-authorized service centers assure customer satisfaction.

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