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San Diego MD500 Receives Upgrades

By Staff Writer | July 28, 2010

MD Helicopters has completed an eight-week conversion program for the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department Aviation Unit. The project involved transforming an MD500E purchased in 2000 into the 530F model for the department’s Aerial Support to Regional Enforcement Agencies (ASTREA) division. The manufacturer’s service center in Mesa, Ariz. installed a new Rolls-Royce 250-C30HU engine, as well as new rotor blades and stabilizers, in order to meet 530F certification requirements.
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