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MD 530F helicopter for TVA

11th September 2018 - 15:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


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MD Helicopters’ MD 530F single-engine helicopter has been selected by Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) to support utility and environmental missions throughout its service areas, the company announced on 7 September.

The agency will take delivery of the helicopter in the fourth quarter of 2018, when it will become the third MDHI F-model to join the TVA fleet.

The helicopter has been configured to support powerline utility, inspections and construction operations throughout TVA’s multi-state service area, which includes most of Tennessee, portions of Alabama, Mississippi and Kentucky and small parts of Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia.

This will be the first commercially delivered F-model with MDHI’s new all-glass single-engine cockpit that includes Howell Instruments’ electronic engine instruments and crew alert system, Garmin’s G500 (H) TXi electronic flight instruments with Touchscreen GDU 700P PFD/MFD and Garmin’s GTN 650 touchscreen NAV/COM/GPS.

Additional mission equipment includes the Fargo 21-gallon auxiliary fuel tank, Onboard Systems’ Talon LC Keeperless 3,600lbs cargo hook and Colorado Helicopters’ side hook bracket, high visibility main rotor blades and wire strike protection.

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