A 30-year-old MDMD 500D has been significantly upgraded by Phoenix Heliparts of Mesa, Az. The company customized the helicopter with an ‘E’ nose, air -conditioning and a complete Aerodynamix NVG package. The companyPhoenix Heliparts (Booth No. 1006) used the occasion of Heli-Expo (Booth No. 1006) to return the updated aircraftrotorcraft to its owner Wayne McCall. .
McCall said, “Knowing that a 30 -year-old helicopter can look, feel and function like new,w is really impressive,” McCall said. “I; it is also impressive to know it has only 698.2 hours TTSNtotal time since new. This machine is indistinguishable from new,” he said. .” It is believed to be the lowest-time MD500 D in service today.”The helicopter is believed to have the lowest total time of any MD 500.
Phoenix Heliparts, which also gave the ship a new 420 SHPRolls Royce 250 engine, developed an auto reignition and compressor inspection panel using an 8110 approval; STC’s are pending.
Working out of its 40,000 sq-ft Mesa, Ariz., facility, the companyPhoenix Heliparts hasis expecting FAA STC approval shortly for the installation of five MD 500 partsproducts: engine compressor plenums, auto relitesreignition system, fuel cap rain gutters, avionics/ battery trays and cargo pods.These products have already been installed under FAA designated airworthiness and engineering representative approvals. ItPhoenix Heliparts also has received FAA Parts Manufacturer Approval for cargo handles, fresh air pull cables, andMD500 D and E model wiring. The engine compressor plenums for the 369, 500 and 600 series will allow inspection of the Rolls-Royce 250 compressor from the inside of the aircraft. The auto reignition system will allow owners of the 369C and 369D series to replace damaged systems with a more modern version much like those installed in new 369E and 369FF models.
“The approval of these parts by FAA designated airworthiness and engineering representatives is evidence of our continued commitment to exceeding quality and safety standards to deliver service excellence to our customers,” said Phoenix Heliparts president Tina Cannon, the company’s president, said..
Cannon also announced the appointment of Conrad Moreno as quality assurance manager and Marcus Landry as manager of business development. Moreno comes to Phoenix Heliparts with a background in quality management on MD 500s, Eurocopters and Bell UH-1s at Pacific Helicopters, Canadian Helicopter and Columbia Helicopters. Landry previously worked for Timken, Bristow Helicopters and Aviall and will focus on marketing, advertising and promotion planning.
Over the last several months, Phoenix has completed the required conformity testing and installation documentation to achieve STC and PMA certification of parts for a range of rotorcraft. Currently pending is STC approval to install engine compressor plenums for the 369, 500 and 600 series aircraft which will allow inspection of the Rolls Royce 250 turbine engine compressor from the inside of the aircraft. The auto reignition, another pending STC approval, will allow owners of the 369C and 369D series helicopters to replace damaged systems with a more modern version much like those installed in new 369 E and 369FF aircraft.