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Columbus Police Aviation Unit Welcomes Back New Zero-Time MD530Fs


MD Helicopters recently announced the delivery and return to service of two Columbus, Ohio, police department helicopters. Operated as MD 500E models since 2007, the two aircraft are rejoining the Columbus Police Helicopter Unit as new, factory-built, FAA-certifi ed F-models.


In June of this year the Columbus Division of Police committed to a revitalization of their aviation unit through the MDHI- exclusive, FAA-certifi ed E-to-F conversion program. The fi rst two of four aircraft to be converted arrived in Mesa on June 24, 2015. Each aircraft received a complete inspection and all required maintenance was completed. The conversion consisted of an engine upgrade from the Rolls- Royce 250-C20B to the more powerful RR250-C30, replacement of the blades and stabilizers, and the addition of a Fargo auxiliary fuel tank. The result is an increase in the hot-and-high performance capability of the aircraft, as well as improvements in operational range and fl ight time.


Lieutenant Greg Estep, who oversees the


Columbus Division of Police Helicopter Unit, and members of his team accepted delivery of the two newly certifi ed, zero- time F-model helicopters in September. After completing the required type training, they fl ew their new, zero-time F-models back to Columbus where they will return to active service.


“The Columbus police aviation section


is looking forward to fl ying the newly converted aircraft,” Estep commented. “We believe that the new aircraft will allow us to more eff ectively support the offi cers of the Columbus Division of Police, and better serve the citizens of the City of Columbus.”


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