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MD Helicopters Receives Certification for MD 530F MGTOW Increase to 3,350 Pounds


Boeing Delivers SOCOM’s First Next-Gen Chinook Helicopter


Boeing recently delivered new technologies and performance improvements to U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) with the Block II Chinook helicopter. Boeing’s Philadelphia team recently delivered the first MH-47G Block II Chinook to SOCOM on time.


“This delivery marks a major step for the Chinook program,” said Andy Builta, vice president and H-47 program manager. “The new Chinook will give U.S. Special Operations Forces significantly more capability for extremely challenging missions, and will enable them to conduct those missions on the future battlefield.”


The company is on contract for 23 more MH-47G Block II Chinooks, having signed a contract with SOCOM in July.


Boeing has more than 4,600 employees in Pennsylvania supporting Chinook, the V-22 Osprey, MH-139A Grey Wolf and a number of services and engineering efforts. Including suppliers and vendors, Boeing’s activities support an estimated 16,000 jobs in Pennsylvania.


MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) recently received FAA certification to increase its MD 530F single-engine helicopter’s internal max gross takeoff weight (MGTOW) from 3,100 to 3,350 pounds. This increase allows the MD 530F to support extended range, increased mission versatility, more time on target, and additional mission equipment options.


“We’re pleased to provide our current and future MD 530F customers expanded versatility with a 250-pound increase in allowable weight,” says Nick Nenadovic, vice president, Aftermarket and Customer Support. “The MD 530F is a favorite among law enforcement agencies and utility operators around the world, thanks to its unrivaled maneuverability and hot-high capabilities. When our customers asked for more versatility in this workhorse, we listened. This best-in-class aircraft is now even more desirable, cementing it as the aircraft of choice well into the future.”


MD Helicopters’ Experimental Flight Test Engineering team conducted a comprehensive range of tests required to prove the aircraft meets or exceeds all FAA performance and safety requirements at the new max weight. These included performance and handling, acoustic, flight load, and height velocity tests performed at different pressure altitudes, temperatures, and wind conditions. Tests proved the aircraft met all requirements while still maintaining sufficient margins for safe autorotation at the higher MGTOW. MD submitted certification paperwork to the FAA for the increase in January 2020. The MGTOW affects only internal weight. MGTOW with external loads remains at 3,750 pounds.


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The maximum pounds that delivery service Deuce Drone can transport. The new service handles all matters related to flying and maintaining its drones that deliver directly from contracting partner businesses


(e.g. restaurants, groceries) to customers. The drones land on yard-square target mats at partner businesses, and are loaded by those businesses. “The last person who touches the package is the retailer. They maintain their brand control,” Deuce Drone CEO Rhett Ross said. “The next person who touches the package is the customer.” Customers order items from an app.


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The number of gallons of water that a CH-47 firefighting helitanker being leased by Southern California Edison can drop at once on wildfires. By comparison, typical Orange County Fire Authority helicopters can carry about 350 gallons.


The age of suspect Manuel Martin Salazarleija, who is facing felony charges for pointing a laser at a Louisville Metro Police helicopter in September. The laser temporarily


blinded the crew that was surveilling the scene of a nighttime pharmacy burglary. The FBI said the suspect admitted to the intentional targeting.


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