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Huntington Beach Police Department Takes Delivery of First of 3 MD 530F Helicopters

Mesa, Ariz., February 08, 2023

February 8, 2023 – MD Helicopters (MDH) is pleased to announce the
delivery of its first of three MD 530F helicopters to the Huntington Beach Police
Department (HBPD). The helicopter was delivered in a special ceremony at the MD
Helicopters factory on Tuesday before flying to its new home in Huntington Beach,
“The Huntington Beach Police Department is excited to continue with the ongoing
operation of MD Helicopters in our Air Support Unit,” says Eric Parra, Chief of Police for
Huntington Beach. “These new helicopters will continue to ensure the finest service for
police officers and citizens in the cities of Huntington Beach, Irvine, Newport Beach, and
Costa Mesa.”
HBPD ordered three MD 530F helicopters to replace its aging fleet of MD 520N’s. The
purchase agreement included a full fleet replacement package, which includes MDH
facilitating the sale of the department’s current aircraft, offloading NOTAR specific spares
as well as providing a comprehensive training program specifically tailored to the
department’s pilots and technicians.
HBPD’s next two aircraft are scheduled to be delivered in March and April of this year at
the rate of one a month.
Each HBPD MD 530F helicopter is custom configured with a full law enforcement
package, crash resistant fuel tanks, and an advanced NVIS interior designed to enhance
safety during nighttime patrol, surveillance, and tactical operations. Their upgraded glass
cockpit avionics feature the Garmin G500TXi Electronic Flight Instrument System (EFIS),
Howell Instruments Electronic Engine Instruments and Crew Alert Systems (EICAS), and
Garmin GTN 750 Touchscreen NAV/COM/GPS.
About MD Helicopters
MD Helicopters, LLC (MDH) manufactures high-performance rotorcraft solutions that
support operators flying military, commercial, law enforcement, utility, and VIP mission
profiles. With thousands of aircraft in service worldwide, MDH has been designing and
building aircraft known for their safety, versatility, responsiveness, speed, and reliability
since 1947. Our commitment to product sustainment and customer success allows MDH
to deliver aircraft unmatched in their performance and reliability. MD Helicopters, LLC is
owned by an investment consortium comprised of MBIA Insurance, Bardin Hill
Investment Partners LP, and MB Global Partners.
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