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MD Explorer Agenda

  • MD Explorer Overview
  • Performance
  • Mission Operations (Optional Equipment for Dedicated Missions)
  • SWAT
  • VIP
  • EMS
  • Law Enforcement
  • Life Cycle Support
  • Training
  • Contract Logistics Support
  • Enhancement Cycles
  • Overview Video
  • Summarymd explorer
  • Single-Pilot IFR
  • Category A performance capability
  • Cockpit with outstanding field of view
  • NOTAR® Anti-Torque System
  • Composite/Aluminum hybrid fuselage
  • Crash resistant fuel cell
  • Built-in steps and work platforms
  • H-type empennage with twin vertical stabilizers
  • 6-passenger stroking seats
  • Wide, 52-inch sliding doors
  • On-board health monitoring system and computerized track and balance
  • Integrated instrument display system
  • 5-bladed main rotor with swept tips
  • Hingeless low drag main rotor hub
  • Bearingless, All-Composite Rotor System

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Technology: How It Works

The NOTAR® system consists of an enclosed articulated fan driven by the main transmission, a circulation control tail boom, direct-jet thruster, and vertical stabilizers.

Low pressure air, forced through two slots on the tail boom, causes the main rotor downwash to “hug” the contour of the boom, creating lateral lift that counteracts main rotor torque.

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NOTAR®: Performance

Greater Safety

  • FACTà 21 percent of all incidents or accidents are due to tail rotor strikes or loss of tail rotor effectiveness
  • NOTAR® Eliminates these Problems

Noise Abatement

  • Twice as quiet as any other helicopter

Lessened Pilot Workload

  • Uses the Coanda Effect to provide tailboom lift and anti-torque
  • Improved stability and controllability
  • Reduced sensitivity to wind direction on helicopter control

Diminished Aircraft Vibration

  • Increased passenger comfort
  • Decrease pilot fatigue
  • Reduced stress on components and airframe


The MD Explorer is equipped with twin PWC 207E engines with:

  • Integrated diagnostics system
  • Integrated water wash system
  • Integrated fire detection/ suppression system with cockpit detection/operation
  • Inlet barrier filters for inlet protection
  • Integrated engine and gearbox EICAS
  • Independent engine drive to main rotor transmission

Universal Avionics Glass Cockpit

  • 2 or 3, 10.4” landscape high-resolution LCD displays
  • “Point and click” display control using collective-mounted Cursor Control Device
  • Electronic Control Display Unit (ECDU) for secondary display control and supports growth for utility functions (SSPD)
  • Remote Data Concentrator Unit (DCU) for analog I/O and non-critical functions
  • Dual Data Acquisition Units for engine data and EICAS functions
  • Helitune Balance and Monitoring System with HUMS Option
  • Reference Set Panel for SPD / HDG / ASEL selections
  • Secure Digital (SD) card for nav., chart and checklist databases
  • Flight Data, Cockpit Voice, and Airborne Image recorders


  • Becker Digital Audio System


  • ADS-B Out/In, and FIS-B Options
  • XM Wx with growth to Iridium Wx
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Balance, Health & Usage Monitoring Systems

  • Baseline BMS system with optional HUMS capability
  • Standard: Balance and Monitoring System with onboard track-and-balance
  • Option 1: Basic HUMS system using minimal set of accelerometers
  • Option 2: Enhanced HUMS system using additional accelerometers and sensors
  • On-board HUMS provide scalable solutions for Transmission Vibration Monitoring, Structural Vibration Monitoring, Structural Usage monitoring and Rotor Track & Balance.
  • Operational readiness will increase as HUMS, sensors and embedded diagnostic software monitor and communicate the health& maintenance needs of critical components
  • Over time, HUMS will result in:
  • Early detection of developing flaws and better data for faster troubleshooting
  • Reduction of inspections & test flights
  • Increased parts lifecycle
  • Lower lifetime operating costs

4-Axis Autopilot (AFCS)

  • 3-axis standard with optional 4-axis
  • Single-channel, full-authority, fail-passive system
  • General purpose processing hardware host, use of SSPD for actuation control
  • Efficient software platform allowing for growth in capability and support
  • Will provide evolutionary path to continual improvements and control enhancements
  • Full integration with Universal Display System for forward-fit applications
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  • Cabin doors provide the largest opening (1.32m) of all light twin-engine aircraft
  • Rear baggage compartment doors allow for rear cabin loading
  • Cabin pass-thru allows equipment transfer from front to rear
  • Cabin area floor provides a flat, unobstructed area
  • Both cabin sliding doors can be open during flight

Crew & Passenger Seating

  • Crash attenuating crew seats stroke @ 13.2g’s to minimize back injury
  • Meets Part 27 requirement for 30g’s @ 30 fps
  • Easy-release 4-point restraints
  • Easy removal without tools for mission-specific reconfiguration
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Performance Standards

Maximum Cruise Speed* 135 kt 248 km/hr
Maximum Range, Standard Fuel* 293 nm 543 km
Maximum Endurance* 3.2 hrs  
HOGE, ISA 10,400 ft 3,170 m
HOGE, ISA +20° C 7,000 ft 2,134 m
HIGE, ISA 12,200 ft 3,719 m
HIGE, ISA +20° C 9,000 ft 2,734 m

Weights & Load Capacity

Noise Abatement

The MD Explorer is a pioneer in “Green” technology, producing a noise signature that is the lowest among all light twin-engine helicopters and lower than many smaller single-engine helicopters.

Low noise signature provides less warning for possible enemy to incoming threat, increasing safety for the flight crew.


MDHI MD900 (Explorer) 85.6 9.1 83.3 10.4 89.6 6.1 8.5
Airbus EC145 88.0 7.5 87.2 7.3 91.3 5.2 6.7 31%
Airbus EC135T2+ 88.3 6.2 85.7 7.8 94.9 0.8 4.9 18%
AgustaWestland A109S 90.5 4.5 88.4 5.6 91.2 4.8 5.0 42%
Bell 206L-4 88.3 4.8 85.4 6.7 90.8 3.3 4.9 16%
Airbus AS355NP 88.7 5.5 86.7 6.5 92.8 2.4 4.8 27%
Bell B230 89.1 6.7 90.6 4.2 94.3 2.5 4.5 66%
Airbus BK117C1 90.0 5.3 90.1 4.2 95.8 0.5 3.3 60%
Airbus AS365N3 93.0 3.3 90.5 4.8 96.1 1.2 3.1 65%

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SWAT Operations

The optimal combination of performance, capacity and low operating costs to support any mission.

  • Load equipment up to 13ft./3.9m long
  • Easily maintained in diverse environment
  • Highly configurable in accordance with customer requirement
  • Wide, sliding loading doors for easy (un)loading of personnel
  • NOTAR® for tail strike protection to allow landing in very confined spaces
  • Fast rope or rappelling rope available for non-landable areas
  • Exceptional maneuverability, Category A Certified, and excellent performance expands operational capability to the most demanding of environments
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SWAT Equipment Package

  • NVIS Lighting Certified for Night Operations
  • 600 lb Personnel Hoist
  • Rear Mounted Trakka A-800 or SX-16 Searchlight
  • Nose-mounted MX-10 EOIR Sensor
  • Multi-Band Direction Finder System
  • Fast Rope Insertion Extraction System or Rappelling Rope
  • 62mm Machine Gun, Mounted on Swing Arm, Left and Right
  • Ballistic Armor Protection

VIP Operations

Transportation with executive level performance and style.

  • Composite structure with one-of-a-kind aesthetics
  • Universal Avionics integrated NextGen flight deck and three-axis auto-pilot
  • Panoramic visibility
  • NOTAR® eliminates tail rotor failures and lower vibration for passenger comfort and reduced noise
  • Full interior customization options

Cabin seating for up to six passengers with dedicated baggage compartment


EMS/Medical Operations

The premier choice of emergency medical services around the globe, providing unmatched versatility and proven reliability.

  • Air Ambulance Technologies® EMS interior
  • Highly modular
  • 30-minute installation/removal
  • Expands Ministry of Interior capability for basic transport without additional cost
  • Lightweight (~300 lbs./136 kg)
  • NOTAR® and main Rotor 12 ft. above the ground for safe ground operations and low vibrations for patient comfort
  • Latest medical equipment package
  • Rescue, Disaster, Intensive Care and Neonatal configuration
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Law Enforcement Operations

The most prolific helicopters in service with European law enforcement agencies.

  • Twin engine reliability
  • NOTAR® for low noise signatur
  • Exceptional maneuverability
  • Safe confined space operation
  • Low direct operating costs
  • Unrivaled cockpit visibility
  • Large cabin suitable for multi-role law enforcement operations
  • FLIR operator station for reconnaissance
  • Video Recording for later examination or evidence
  • Airborne Command and Control
  • Microwave transmission for audio/video feedback to ground for tactical operations
  • IR Lasing on criminals for covert targeting
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Training Capability

  • MD Helicopters has the capability to:
  • Train from beginner to Instructor Pilots the MD product line to fully utilize aircraft capability (Includes tactical training)
  • Train local technicians to offer in-country support to
  • Extend the life of the aircraft
  • Increase operational readiness
  • And lower the cost of aircraft ownership

Contract Logistics Support

  • Customer will have the option of exercising MDHI CLS services.
  • MDHI CLS Supports the Entire Operation Sustainment Requirement.
  • MD Provides Skilled Technicians, Supplies & Engineering Support.
  • MDHI has the capability to develop entire infrastructure from the ground-up to support the maintenance of our aircraft.
  • Combat Proven U.S. Army / Afghan Air Force CLS Contract (4+years)
  • Sustained Fleet Availability >97%

Enhancement Cycles

MDHI maintains constant enhancement cycles to improve the MD Explorer to ensure that it is modern and will meet future customer needs.

  • Reactive plasma displays with projected LCD image
  • Updated look to traditional HUDs
  • One-piece glass cockpit potential (vs Multi display)
  • Multi-touch touchscreens
  • Synthetic/Enhanced Vision
  • Wearable augmented reality:
  • Heads-up / Close-to-Eye displays
  • Temporal and geospatial context sensitivity
  • Other Potential Technologies:
  • Voice Recognition
  • iPad / Android solutions with Wireless Data Updates
  • Wireless Avionics
  • Fully connected aircraft / Cloud Computing
  • Internet of Things & M2M Communication
  • All technologies will address NVIS compatibility
  • Engine Parameters
  • Cargo Loads
  • Navigation Information
  • Targeting & Stores Management
  • Primary Flight Displays
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MD Explorer Summary

Versatile: Proven performance serving a variety of mission sets (Police, EMS, Search and Rescue, VIP, Utility)

Flexible: Successful operation for nearly two decades in multiple operational &interior configurations

Safe: Proprietary NOTAR® System delivers quieter, smoother, safer operation in confined areas

Proven: Lowest operating costs and superior hot performance and range versus any other light twin

Preferred:      Pilot’s and mechanic’s choice for ease of use & maintenance