MD 500E

Advanced Avionics

Fully Integrated Helicopter Platform

With a five-blade main rotor and a choice of 420-shp Rolls-Royce 250-C20B or 450-shp Rolls-Royce 250-C20R turbine engine, the MD 500E offers unparalleled versatility for a wide range of customer-defined mission profiles.

Highest Speed, Payload & Productivity in Its Class. Versatile Range of Missions. Low Direct Operating Cost.

Uncompromising Safety

The airframe structure is designed to be energy absorbing and fails progressively in the event of impact. Occupant seat crush boxes are incorporated into the design and provide 20g shock resistance.

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Small Diameter Main Rotor System and Short Tail

Combined with a high horizontal stabilizer with two tip plates to provide vertical, longitudinal, and lateral stability in forward flight. 1 of 2

Two Engine Options

The Rolls-Royce Model 250 Series IV 250-C20B comes standard but choose the C20R with an additional 25 shp, coupled with a proven fully articulated main rotor design for great performance in hot temperatures. 2 of 2

Dual Howell Instruments Displays

The Howell Display Units (HDUs) are high-resolution, portrait-oriented, 7” color LCD displays that contain user controls. The HDUs provide aircraft systems instrumentation and replace a number of mechanical analog gauges 1 of 2

Garmin Avionics Flight Deck

The Garmin G500H TXi™ Flight deck consists of two GDU 700P Touch Screen Displays GTN™ 650Xi GPS/NAV/COMM and GTX 345R Remote Mount ADS-B IN/OUT Transponder. Features a Primary Flight Display (PFD) and Multi-Function Display (MFD), Helicopter Synthetic Vision Technology (HSVTTM) and Helicopter Terrain Awareness and Warning System (HTAWS) capabilities.

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Max Gross Weight: Int



Max Gross Weight: Ext



Useful Load: Internal



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Max Operating Altitude




Renewed Quality

MD is known for producing safe, agile, and hard-working rotorcraft that deliver agility, payload, speed, and performance. We’ll continue to accept nothing less.

Renewed Support

We pursue consistent excellence in all we do. Drawing upon our decades of expertise, MD is cultivating a new level of superior support.

Renewed Focus

We are who we are because our operators demand the best. Whether civilian or military, we show up and earn your trust daily.

Standard Equipment

  • Extended Landing Gear with Carbide Skid Shoes
  • Engine Wash Kit,MD500-Series
  • Fuselage Hard Points
  • Keyed Locks
  • Passenger Steps
  • Rain Gutter Set
  • Heated Pitot
  • Rapid Door Removal Hinges (Cockpit Cabin and Engine Bay)
  • Tinted Canopy Panels
  • Tinted Door/Window Panels
  • One Color Paint
  • (2x) Garmin G500 TXi™ Touchscreen EFIS 
  • Dual Redundant GSU 75H ADAHRS 
  • Garmin GTN™ 650Xi GPS/NAV/COMM 
  • Garmin GTX™ 345R Transponder, ADSB In/Out 
  • Dual GMU 44 Magnetometers
  • Garmin GMA™ 350Hc Audio Panel
  • Howell Electronic Engine Instruments and Crew Alert System 
  • Artex ME-406HM ELT
  • PAI-700 Magnetic Compass, Vertical Card
  • Master Avionics Switch  
  • Cabin Convenience Light
  • Cockpit Utility Light
  • Landing Light, Nose Mounted
  • LED Anti-Collision Lights
  • LED Position Lights
  • Fly Away Kit
  • Cabin Soundproofing
  • Cargo Tie-Down Fittings
  • Batiflex Flooring
  • Crew Mesh Seats with 4-Point Harness Restraint
  • Dual LH Command Flight Controls
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • First Aid Kit
  • Fresh Air Ventilation System
  • Heater Defogger System
  • Logbook Compartment
  • Passenger Mesh Seats with 3-point Harness Restraint
  • Painted Interior Trim Panels
  • USB Charging Port
  • Seat Pan Inspection Panels
  • Slant Panel Pedestal
  • Airframe Hobbs Meter
  • Air Ventilation System 
  • 60.5 Gallon (229 liter) Crash Resistant Fuel System
  • AFS Engine Inlet Barrier Filter
  • Automatic Engine Re-ignition
  • Engine Anti-Ice Rolls Royce C20B, 420shp

Optional Equipment

  • Comfort Windows
  • Side External Equipment Mount
  • Exterior Crew Handles WeightOn Ground (WOG) Actuated ”Collective” Hour Meter
  • LED Landing Light (Flashing and/or Steady)
  • Crash Resistant Auxiliary Fuel Tank
  • High-visibility Main Rotor Blades
  • Two or More Paint Colors (Aircraft Exterior)
  • Military Cyclic Grip 
  • Shwayder Surfacite Full-length Skid Shoes
  • Nose External Equipment Mount
  • Wire Strike Protection Kit
  • Paravion Door Openers
  • Garmin GTN™ 750
  • Shadin Fuel Flow Transducer
  • Garmin GTR 225 (A, B, & NVG)
  • Free Flight Radar Altimeter RA-4500
  • Remote Engine TRQ Indicator
  • Blue Sky Networks SATCOM
  • Flight Cell DZMx Satellite Phone
  • Garmin Helicopter Synthetic
  • Vision Technology (HSVT)
  • Garmin Helicopter Terrain
  • Awareness and Warning System (HTAWS)
  • Nightscanner Searchlight
  • Cyclic Remote Frequency Switch
  • LED Landing Light
  • Various Audio Systems Technisonic, Canyon Aeroconnect)
  • Emergency Water Floats 

  • Trakka Beam A800 Searchlight 

  • “Float Lamp” Landing Lights 

  • Spectrolab SX-5, SX-16 Searchlight 

  • External Personnel Bench 

  • Onboard Cargo Hook Weighing System 

  • Cargo Hook Provisions 

  • Onboard Cargo Hook (Hydraulic or Mechanical)

  • Human External Cargo (HEC) Dual Hook Kit 

  • Side Pull Hook 

  • TFM 30 VHF/FM Low Band Transceiver 

  • Skid Mirror 

  • TDFM 9300 Radio with P25 Trunking, Encryption, OTAR 

  • Flush Mount External Public Address/Siren System 

  • Canyon Aeroconnect RT700 Radio P25, Encryption, OTAR 

  • Nose or Side Mounted FLIR HDc 380 Camera System 

  • 12-inch Tactical Video Display 

  • Nose or Side Mounted MX-10 Camera System 

  • AA-34 Universal Radio Interface 

  • Nose or Side Mounted Wescam MX10 Camera System 

  • BMS Helicoder 4 

  • Aero Computers LE 6000 Mapping System 

  • IMT Skymaster TX Downlink with Omni Controller 

  • Churchill Mapping System

  • Vinyl or Leather Covered Interior Panels & Seats 

  • Right-hand Command Flight Controls 

  • 28-volt Receptacle 

  • Right-hand or Left- Hand Rotor Brake 

  • Pilot/Co-pilot Gooseneck Lights 

  • Leather Covered Seats 

  • Additional USB Charging Ports Cabin and or Cockpit 

  • Night Vision Goggle Compatible Cockpit 

  • Tiltable or Foldable Monitor Mount 

  • LED Cockpit/Cabin Lighting

Committed to Safety

The main rotor static mast is built to be fail-safe to 100% design load. Dual, crash-resistant elastomeric fuel cells are mounted between crash-resistant keel beams and bulkheads below the cabin floor. A three-dimensional truss-type structure with an internal roll bar protects the pilot and passengers and offers increased occupant safety.

MD 500E in Brief

Delivering high speed, payload, and productivity with low direct operating cost, the MD 500E is designed with the operator in mind with a responsive, agile, and reliable aircraft platform. The large flat floor provides plenty of room for cargo, and the useful internal load is ideally suited for a wide range of mission profiles.


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