MD500C - Light Utility Helicopter

This is the smallest and yet the most versatile aircraft in the fleet. It serves as an outstanding platform for observation and aerial photography, the helicopter serves as a highly maneuverable platform for low-level surveys and remote landing site operations. It can be flown with the doors removed enabling unobstructed visibility from both sides of the helicopter.The helicopter’s unique ability to hover and land virtually anywhere makes this platform invaluable to scientists working in remote areas inaccessible by any other means of transportation.



MD500C Helicopter

Type Engine:

Allison 250-C20B turbo shaft 420 Horsepower


1 pilot and up to 4 Passengers

Service Ceiling:

12,500 feet (without supplemental oxygen)


Hover to 115 knots

Max. Gross weight:

3,000 pounds (1361 kilograms)

Empty Weight:

1550 pounds (703 kilograms)

Useful Load:

1450 pounds (658 kilograms) (fuel, personnel, and cargo)

Max. Gross weight:

6,172 lbs. (2799kg) includes external load

Fuel Load:

400 pounds (60 gallons) - standard fuel load

Useful Load:

 lbs. (1316kg) - fuel, personnel, and cargo

Type Fuel:

Jet A, Jet B, JP4, JP8

Fuel Burn Rate:

180 pounds/hour (~28 gallons/hour)

Range (normal):

225 Nautical miles ~2.2 hours @110 knots

Range (w/aux. fuel):

300 Nautical miles ~2.8 hours @110 knots

Dimensions (external):

Main rotor span - 26.41 feet

Total length - 30.84 feet

Tail height - 8.9 feet

Dimensions (internal):

42" Long x 42" Wide x 36" High

External Load Capacity:

350KG on the hook

*Operated by Precision Helicopters Ltd