The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has approved an increased maximum gross weight for the MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) MD 900/902 Explorer, following previous approval by the FAA in March 2013. The new max gross weight is 6,770 pounds, a 270-pound increase from the previous limit of 6,500 pounds.
MDHI’s twin-engine MD 900/902 Explorer entered the commercial market in 1994. Today, nearly 50 percent of the global MD 900/902 Explorer fleet is operated by emergency medical services, law enforcement and military/para-military organizations throughout Europe.
Powered by two Pratt & 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 MDHI-exclusive NOTAR® System that reduces pilot workload and external noise levels, while significantly improving safety in confined areas and on offshore platforms. Safety and maintainability of the MD 902 Explorer is further enhanced by a built-in HIRF and lightning strike protection, built-in maintenance steps and platforms, and an advanced composite airframe that is resistant to corrosion in hostile marine environments.
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