MD Helicopters reports its 11th and 12th aircraft deliveries this year, an MD-902 in the United States and an MD-600N to a Brazilian operator.
The MD-902 Explorer went to Cox Air Care, an emergency medical service operator in the Ozarks Region of southeastern Missouri and northern Arkansas.
MD said the NOTAR-equipped Explorer is fitted with a terrain avoidance and warning system, a health and usage monitoring system, and "an enhanced visual flight rules cockpit compatible with night-vision systems. The aircraft also has an Outerlink tracking system, MD said.
"The addition of the Explorer to the Cox Air Care fleet will cut our response times considerably," said Susan Crum, flight nurse and program director for Cox.
"It also will increase our payload capacity significantly and increase our range out to nearly 200 mi," she said.
The MD-600N went to Arizona Taxi Aero of Brazil, which has operated both fixed- and rotary-winged aircraft in the Amazon for more than 20 years.
"The safety of our customers is our primary concern," said Capt. Cesar P. Fernandez, president of Arizona Taxi Aero. "The NOTAR technology built into the MD-600N makes this possible both in the air and when we are on the ground."
Arizona Taxi Aero took its first NOTAR helicopter, an MD-520N, in 2004 from Helicentro Morumbi, MD’s distributor in Brazil, which also sold the MD-600N.