Helicopter MD 902 Explorer. Specifications. A photo.
Helicopter MD 902 Explorer. Specifications. A photo.

Helicopter MD 902 Explorer. Specifications. A photo.


MD 902 Explorer - American light multi-purpose helicopter, developed in the year 1996 Aircraft Corporation «MD Helicopters Inc.».


Photo MD 902 Explorer


Designing an aircraft model MD 902 Explorer unit started by US aircraft manufacturers in the mid-90-ies of the last century. The MD 900 Explorer, moreover, to a greater extent the design and appearance of the helicopter remained almost unchanged, while both technical and aircraft performance, flight largely been improved as a basis was taken the model of the aircraft.

At its core, the helicopter MD 902 Explorer can be called a modernized version of the aircraft MD 900 Explorer, however, and its adoption as a separate model will not be a mistake, since the technical parameters of the aircraft have been carefully optimized, allowing to some extent to reduce the cost of the project but to improve the operational capabilities of a helicopter.


MD 902 Explorer photo


The helicopter model MD 902 Explorer has a higher rate of agility than the model MD 900 Explorer, which is due mainly to the presence of a more powerful and productive power plant, and, control of the aircraft in this case practically difficult.

Aircraft MD 902 Explorer was first introduced in September 1996 years, however, the first flight of the aircraft took place only a year later - 5 September 1997 year, which was due to the need for technical improvements. However, all the tests the aircraft was able to successfully complete and because the project was put into production.

Thanks to a more efficient performance, flying model MD 902 Explorer unit was quite popular, despite the external similarity with the model MD 900 Explorer. In just two years of its production (as of the end of the year 2000), aircraft manufacturers of the corporation «MD Helicopters Inc.» 57 aircraft of this model were sold.


Helicopter MD 902 Explorer


On board the aircraft MD 902 Explorer can accommodate up to 8 people, including one pilot and seven passengers, and, the aircraft can also be adapted for the transportation and various kinds of goods, provided that the maximum takeoff weight of the aircraft will not be exceeded.

Helicopter MD 902 Explorer is equipped with a gas turbine power plant consisting of two aircraft engines brands Pratt Whitney Canada PW206E, each of which has its own traction in 545 hp, which is somewhat higher than the model MD 900 Explorer. The vehicle can accelerate to its maximum speed of flight in 260 kilometers and cover distances up to 550 kilometers, while the helicopter model MD 900 Explorer can be activated at a distance of 525 kilometers.


Specifications MD 902 Explorer.


  • Crew: 1 people;
  • Capacity: 7 people;
  • helicopter length: 11,84 m .;
  • The height of the helicopter: 3,66 m .;
  • The diameter of the rotor: 10,34 m .;
  • Weight of empty helicopter: 1543 kg .;
  • Maximum takeoff weight: 3130 kg .;
  • Cruising speed: 250 km \ h .;
  • Maximum flight speed: 260 km \ h .;
  • Maximum flight distance: 550 km .;
  • Maximum flight height: 5940 m .;
  • Powerplant: 2 x Pratt Whitney Canada PW206E;
  • Power: 2 x 545 hp



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