Arizona-based rotorcraft manufacturer MD Helicopters (Booth P708), exhibiting this year for the first time at ABACE, is marking 15 years of sales in the Asian region and showcasing a twin-engine, Chinese registered MD 902 Explorer on static display here. Incorporating MD’s innovative NOTAR (No Tail Rotor) technology, three MD902s are operating in the region, and MD anticipates recent changes in regulations that have opened up airspace for the rotary sector will lead to increased demand for its complete line of helicopters. Last November MD appointed Sino-Quest Aviation Solutions as its second authorized sales representatives for Asia, joining Avionics Pacific, and MD plans to open an office in Shanghai before the end of this year.
“Just as the private jet market has grown, we expect that Asia’s growing interest in helicopters will mirror the growth of Western aviation activity,” said Craig Kitchen, MD Helicopters’ chief commercial officer. “The Chinese government now recognizes the benefits that rotary aviation can bring to a region. Increasingly, we are seeing the independent Provinces encouraging the use of helicopters for a variety of purposes, such as utility, emergency rescue, agricultural and even municipal applications.”
Here at the show MD is working with its authorized representatives and touting its full product line, including the single-engine 500 and 600 series helicopters, the 530F and 540F, designed for hot-and-high operations, as well as the MD 902 Explorer.