MD Receives New 500E Order From Polk County Florida Sheriff's Office | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date






Airborne On ANN

Airborne 11.23.15

Airborne 11.24.15

Airborne 11.25.15

Airborne 11.19.15

Airborne 11.20.15

Airborne Hi-Def On YouTube

Airborne 11.23.15

Airborne 11.24.15

Airborne 11.25.15

Airborne 11.19.15

Airborne 11.20.15

EAA/ANN AirVenture Innovation Preview

AIP-#1 Vimeo

AIP-#2 Vimeo

AIP-Part 1 YouTube

AIP-Part 2 YouTube

Fri, Mar 08, 2013

MD Receives New 500E Order From Polk County Florida Sheriff's Office

New Helicopter To Increase Safety And Effectiveness Of PCSO Law Enforcement Missions

The Polk County Sheriff's Office PCSO in Polk County, FL has placed an order for an MD 500E helicopter at Heli-Expo in Las Vegas. The new MD 500E is the first order in a program to replace an aging fleet of three military surplus OH58's. "We are pleased to receive this new order to support the Polk County Sheriff's Office Aviation Unit," said Craig Kitchen, Chief Commercial Officer of MDHI. "The 500E is a versatile, proven aircraft, equipped to support the rigors of law enforcement missions. Its speed, durability, maneuverability and overall performance are unmatched in a police helicopter."

Following a detailed review of competitive aircraft, the PCSO selected the MD 500E as the best helicopter to support its law enforcement missions. This PCSO Aviation Unit supports ground units with pursuits, backup, surveillance, and the search for suspects and missing persons.

"My staff researched and evaluated helicopters and manufacturers for over a year before we decided that it was in our best interest, and in the interest of the safety and security of the people of Polk County, to do business with MD Helicopters, Inc.,"  said Sheriff Grady Judd of the PCSO. "We are proud to announce this purchase of our first MD 500E helicopter to phase out the aging helicopters in our fleet.  We are looking forward to a continued relationship with the fine professionals at MDHI."

The MD 500E helicopter delivers the highest speed, payload and productivity in its class. The newly ordered helicopter will start the PCSO's replacement plan of its current fleet of aging aircraft. The aircraft will be equipped with a 420-shp Rolls-Royce 250-C20B turbine engine and a complete law enforcement performance package. The MD 500E cockpit configuration will include a full complement of modern avionics with NVG lighting, Garmin radios, an Avalex monitor and a Technisonic tactical radio. Utility features include a Meeker mount, Nightsun searchlight, 2,000 lb. cargo hook, auxiliary fuel tank and wire strike protection kit.

Equipped with seven full-time pilots and 10 part-time flight officers, the Polk County Sheriff's Office Aviation Unit began back in 1972, when it started with two fixed-wing aircraft. Helicopters were added to the aviation unit in 1982. In 1995 four U.S. Army surplus OH-58's were acquired. Currently the PCSO Aviation Unit operates the three OH 58 turbine helicopters and one Cessna 182 fixed wing aircraft.

(MD 500E image from file)



More News

Blue Origin Makes History, But Is The System Practical

Only Time Will Tell If The Booster Is Truly Reusable On November 23, 2015 Blue Origin achieved a first in rocketry and spaceflight history when their New Shepard launch vehicle suc>[...]

Dassault Falcon Jet Completes New Little Rock Expansion

Facility Earmarked For Work On Falcon 8X And Falcon 5X Airplanes Dassault Falcon Jet has completed another major expansion of its Little Rock Completion Center that will add 350,00>[...]

ICAO World Aviation Forum Charts Course To Sustainable Aviation Benefits

First-Ever Forum Of Its Type Draws Over 800 International Officials Over 800 Ministers and senior officials from States, UN and international organizations have gathered at the Hea>[...]

Russian Warplane Shot Down By Turkey On Syrian Border

Kremlin Say There Was No Violation Of Turkish Airspace Tensions between Russia and Turkey, and by extension NATO, escalated Tuesday when a Russian Su-24 was shot down by Turkey aft>[...]

AD: Airbus Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2015-23-06 PRODUCT: Certain Airbus Model A330-200, A330-300, and A340-300 series airplanes.>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus





© 2007 - 2015 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC