Notar News

This month a new MD Explorer took to the skies again, operated by Cox Air Care – Air Methods.

This airframe with tailnumber N9201U has been operating with the United States Coast Guard as a part of their HITRON 10 program during 1999. In 2001 it has flown around the world. From 2002 untill 2005 it has been leased to the Dutch National Police. From 2005 untill 2015 the airframe has been stored. In 2015 it returned to MD helicopters in Mesa, Arizona.

After an extensive MD900 to MD902 upgrade program, including new Pratt & Whitney PW207E engines, the airframe was restored to flying condition on 29 September 2017 with tailnumber N902CH.

A truly remarkable airframe: MD Explorer 900-00042.

In October 2017, two former Yorkshire Air Ambulance MD Explorer airframes have been sold to Heli Delta BV, a Dutch company. The whereabouts of both airframes is currently unknown.

MD Explorer 900-00080

MD Explorer 900-00089

Several MD Explorers in Rendorseg livery have been reported operating from Staverton, Gloucester.

Most likely the Hungarian National Police has bought another batch of five pre-owned MD Explorer helicopters. They are former United Kingdom Police airframes.

Known airframes involved are:

MD Explorer 900-00057

MD Explorer 900-00104

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MD600 crash landing in Adelanto, California

On Sunday 27 April 2014 a MD600 NOTAR helicopter (RN-035 N606BP) has made a crash landing shortly after take-off from Krey Field airport, Adelanto, California. The helicopter sustained extensive damage to the nose, main rotorblades and skids. The main rotorblades have also chopped the tailboom.
Three people have been injured.

The first movie shows the airframe shortly after the crash.

The second movie shows the airframe during recovery.