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We’re committed to ensuring you maintain the highest level of operational readiness backed by our extensive experience supporting a global fleet with OEM-quality parts and expert technical advice. We take very seriously our responsibility to support you whenever and wherever you need it.

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E-to-F Conversion

No matter the mission, every pilot can use more power. Whether it’s for increased payload or improved margin of safety, additional power is a pilot’s best friend. Available exclusively through the MD Helicopters factory, the FAA-approved E-to-F recertification program will transform your MD 500E into a type-certified MD 530F with zero-time engine, all for a fraction of the cost of a new helicopter.

Increased Utility. Improved Performance. More Power.

Technical Support:

Realizing the hot-and-high performance of an MD 530F has never been easier. Available exclusively through MD Helicopters’ Mesa, Arizona facility, the E-to-F conversion upgrade allows MD 500E operators to have their existing helicopter factory-recertified as a type certified (369FF) MD 530F.  

Over a period of weeks, the MD Helicopters MRO facility will perform airframe modifications to the latest standards, install a Rolls-Royce 250-C30HU engine, and complete all scheduled airframe inspections. The increased performance and payload of the MD 530F will immediately expand your mission capabilities.

New and Replacement Parts
  • Rolls-Royce 250-C30 Engine
  • Main Rotor Blades
  • Tail Rotor Blades
  • Tail Rotor Drive Shaft
  • Horizontal Stabilizer
  • Fresh factory certification
  • New Serial Number, clearly identifying it as a certified F-model helicopter
  • Completion of all scheduled calendar and hourly inspections
  • Performance validation as part of the flight test certification process
  • A significant number of new parts and associated warranties
  • Increased resale value

All 500E models originally certified as commercial helicopters are candidates for conversion to new MD 530F models. Aircraft previously certified for military or non-commercial operation may also be eligible. An MD Aftermarket and Customer Support professional can help make this determination.


The E-to-F conversion process follows a strict, FAA-approved 20-step process that begins with a visual inspection, logbook review, and comprehensive assessment of all installed optional equipment. Over the next 8-10 weeks the E model is disassembled and all airframe modifications, component installation, inspection, testing, and certifications occur. In the end, the aircraft is ready to begin life as an FAA-approved, factory-certified 530F model with a zero-time motor.


Using an eco-friendly down-draft paint booth, our  paint specialists will provide a genuine “baked on” finish that will dazzle and satisfy even the most critical eye at a competitive price. 

While design consultation is available, customers interested in more traditional designs can choose from a number of standard layouts. 



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