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McDonnell Douglas MD900 Explorer helicopter

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General
Manufacturer McDonnell Douglas
Type MD900 Explorer
Introduced 12/2/1994
In production? Yes
Units produced 0
Price US $ 5,000,000.00
Dimensions
Overall Length 38.8 ft
Length 32.3 ft
Height 12 ft
Width 5.33 ft
   
   
Description The MD900 Explorer is a twin turbine engine light utility helicopter. The development of this aircraft started in 1989, and was based on extensive market research among numerous helicopter operators. The MD900 is not derived from an ancestor, but is a completely new design.

It uses the NOTAR (NO TAil Rotor) system and has a carbon fibre fuselage. The NOTAR design gives the MD900 a very quiet noise footprint. It also makes it safer due to the elimination of the tail rotor. Although used by MD Helicopters, the intellectual property of the NOTAR concept is still with Boeing.

The MD900 is the first helicopter to be designed from scratch using CAD (Computer Aided Design) tools. The certification process took 23 months after the first flight, which is very fast for a completely new design.

The combination of modern technology, its quiet operation, low maintenance costs and a high safety standard make the Explorer a very competitive machine. Back in the 1990s, McDonnell Douglas expected to sell over 1000 units. However, in reality, far fewer units have been sold.
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Design features
  • NOTAR anti-torque device
  • Composite rotor blades
  • Energy absorbing seats
  • Fuselage largely build from carbon fibre
Description
The MD900 Explorer is a twin turbine engine light utility helicopter. The development of this aircraft started in 1989, and was based on extensive market research among numerous helicopter operators. The MD900 is not derived from an ancestor, but is a completely new design.

It uses the NOTAR (NO TAil Rotor) system and has a carbon fibre fuselage. The NOTAR design gives the MD900 a very quiet noise footprint. It also makes it safer due to the elimination of the tail rotor. Although used by MD Helicopters, the intellectual property of the NOTAR concept is still with Boeing.

The MD900 is the first helicopter to be designed from scratch using CAD (Computer Aided Design) tools. The certification process took 23 months after the first flight, which is very fast for a completely new design.

The combination of modern technology, its quiet operation, low maintenance costs and a high safety standard make the Explorer a very competitive machine. Back in the 1990s, McDonnell Douglas expected to sell over 1000 units. However, in reality, far fewer units have been sold.
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Design features:
  • NOTAR anti-torque device
  • Composite rotor blades
  • Energy absorbing seats
  • Fuselage largely build from carbon fibre
Performance
Persons 8
Max. Range 189 mi
Cruise Speed 152 mph
Max. Speed 154 mph
Max. rate of Climb 2670 ft/min
HOGE ceiling 10400 ft
Service Ceiling 20000 ft
Gross Weight 6790 lb
Empty Weigt 3214 lb
Useful Load 3576 lb
Dynamic system
Fuel Capacity 158 gallons
Number of Engines 2
Engine Type Turbine
Engine Code Pratt & Whitney Canada PW207E
Horse Power 711
Rotorhead Hinge-less and bearing-less main rotorhead
Number of rotorblades 5
Rotor Diameter 33.8 ft
Number of tail rotorblades 0
Tailrotor Diameter 0 ft
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