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MD HELICOPTERS STANDS ITS GROUND


MD Helicopters’ response to the downturn has been one of defiance. The company firmly believes in what it’s doing, and has refused to let the economy change its plans.


“We have remained loyal to our core strategy of delivering excellence across all phases of the helicopter life cycle, and incorporating elegant design and technological advancements into our iconic airframes,” said Amy Romano, director of marketing & communications at MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI). “During this period, we have redoubled our efforts relative to fleet modernization, implementing manufacturing, component, and technology upgrades across all models, and focused on initiatives to enhance the owner/operator experience.”


The best part is that MDHI’s strategy is working. Despite an overall market downtown, MDHI’s business actually has increased over the past 18 months and it is forecasting further growth in 2018. MDHI has achieved these results not only because the company enjoys high levels of loyalty in its legacy markets, which consist of


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law enforcement and military operators, but also by undertaking several aggressive programs designed to modernize and upgrade the capabilities of its current stable of light twin-engine and single- engine helicopters. Glass cockpits for all models and an increased MGTOW (maximum gross takeoff weight) for the MD 530F are just two of these efforts.


MDHI also has received FAA approval to install all-glass cockpits in the MD 530F and MD 600N, with FAA approval for the MD 500E and MD 520N aircraft expected by the second quarter of 2018. The first MD 600N with this cockpit already has delivered, and the first MD 530F will deliver soon.


On the military side of business, the U.S. government awarded MDHI a 5-year, firm, fixed price contract in 2017 to provide an estimated quantity of 150 armed MD 530 aircraft to U.S. Army and partner nation aviation forces. “This contract is recognition of our ability to rapidly respond to the needs of our military customers,” said Lynn Tilton, CEO for MDHI, “and a testament to the effective, efficient role the MD 530 armed scout attack helicopters play in


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