Single-rotor helicopter / offshore / cargo / medical evacuation
MD EXPLORER MD Helicopters


  • Type:


  • Applications:

    offshore, cargo, medical evacuation, utility operations

  • Type of engine:

    with turboshaft

  • Range:

    Min.: 482 km (299.5 mi)

    Max.: 601 km (373.44 mi)

  • Cruising speed:

    Min.: 100 kt

    Max.: 139 kt

  • Maximum altitude:

    20000 ft (6096 m)

  • Passenger capacity:

    6 unit

  • Payload:

    Min.: 3125 lb (1417.48 kg)

    Max.: 3525 lb (1598.91 kg)


Multi-Purpose. Affordable. Dependable. High-Performance.

An international helicopter industry advisory board guided the design and development of the MD Explorer® with an objective to produce a multipurpose twin-engine helicopter that would set new standards in performance, affordability, dependability and safety.

The MD Explorer® was initially certified under FAA Part 27 in December 1994, and is currently certified by FAA and JAA for day/night VFR and single pilot IFR with full Category A design standards to JAR-OPS 3 performance Class I.

Powered by two Pratt and Whitney Canada PW207E engines, the MD Explorer® features a fully articulated main rotor system, bearingless composite flexbeams and rotor hub. Anti-torque control is provided by the patented NOTAR™ system that reduces pilot workload and external noise levels, and significantly improves safety in confined areas and on offshore platforms.

The six-place MD Explorer® cabin is the largest in the light twin class and is accessed through two 52 inch (1.32m) sliding cabin doors and a large baggage compartment. Energy absorbing, stroking cabin seats meet stringent FAR Part 27.562 requirements up to 30g at 30 feet per second. The large cabin makes the MD Explorer® ideally suited for rapid role change from an Offshore/Onshore six-place passenger transport to Emergency Medical Services or Law Enforcement missions. Large selections of optional equipment have been fully qualified to meet various operational requirements. A heavy-duty cargo hook permits 3,000-pound (1360-KG) external load operations.


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