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MD Helicopters MD 900 Explorer

MD Helicopters MD 902 Explorer © Karsten Palt
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MD 900 Explorer

Light Utility Helicopter

The MD Helicopters MD 900 Explorer is a twin-engined eight-seat light utility helicopter produced by the US-American manufacturer MD Helicopters Inc.. The MD Explorer is mainly operated in emergency medical services (EMS) or law enforcement missions (Police).
Crew1 / 2
Propulsion2 Turboshaft Engines
Engine ModelPratt & Whitney Canada PW207E
Engine Power (each)530 kW711 shp
max. Cruise Speed244 km/h132 kts
  152 mph
max. Speed (vne)248 km/h134 kts
  154 mph
Service Ceiling6.096 m20.000 ft
Rate of climb841 m/min2760 ft/min
Range304 km164 NM
189 mi.
Empty Weight1.458 kg3.214 lbs
max. Takeoff Weight3.080 kg6.790 lbs
Rotor Blades (main/tail)5/NOTAR5/NOTAR
Main Rotor Diameter10,31 m33,8 ft
Rotor Disc Area83,5 m²899 ft²
Length (Fuselage)9,86 m32,3 ft
Length11,84 m38,8 ft
Height3,66 m12,0 ft
First Flight05.09.1997
Production Statusin production
Data for (Version)MD Helicopters MD 902
VariantsMD 900, MD 902
The MD Explorer uses the NOTAR anti-torque system (NO TAil Rotor).

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