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MD HELICOPTERS AUSTRALIA is part of the ONECALL Group of Companies based in Canberra ACT Australia. This 100% Australian Family Owned and Managed Company is highly regarded within its area of expertise, with a dedicated focus on professional customer service and support.

MD Helicopters Australia has Sales, Service, and Support Facilities in Sydney and Moruya NSW, Brisbane QLD and Perth Western Australia. Our Professional Management and Engineering Teams have over 30 years of “MD / Hughes Helicopter” Sales, Service and Support Experience, with diligent expertise in sourcing the most “hard to come by” Parts and Dedicated Components for MD / Hughes Turbine Helicopters, Bell Helicopters, together with Rolls Royce and Pratt & Whitney Turbine Engine’s.


With more than 2,500 aircraft currently in service around the world, MD Helicopters is a substantial company by any measure. Fleet users include the Korean Armed Forces, US Special Operations, Japanese Self Defense Forces, Jordanian Armed Forces, Turkish National Police, Afghan Air Force, Houston Police, Columbus Police, Argentina Armed Forces, the Italian government, the Finnish Armed Forces and many others.

Internally, the company is focused on process improvements, supply chain product flow, and fuselage ramp-up as well as innovations in aircraft design and technology integration. There has been a significant emphasis on the sales of spares and the repair and overhaul business. Part sales are also showing a significant increase in orders per month.

Through all the changes over the years, MD Helicopters has enjoyed an almost cult-like status with its customers and employees. It is viewed as a small private company with lots of heart and soul capable of delivering extremely good products. MD Helicopters are known for their safety, versatility, responsiveness, speed and reliability, as well as their ability to fly “hot and high.”


MD Helicopters has renewed its focus to differentiate itself from other helicopter manufacturers, while filling the needs of our operators, regardless of market segment. Our marketing goal is to position MD Helicopters as the “First Choice” manufacturer throughout the world.

It is exciting and inspiring to look at the helicopter marketplace and plan for an MD Helicopters future that is as industry-leading as our fabled past. We not only stand ready, but are leaning forward to continue Howard Hughes’ legacy of disruption and cutting-edge design, to develop and integrate next generation manufacturing processes and technologies, and to deliver aircraft unmatched in their elegance, performance and reliability.

50 years to now


MD Helicopters traces its roots back more than 50 years to when Hughes Tool Company, Aircraft Division first started to develop “light helicopters” in 1955. After years of successfully manufacturing such models as the Hughes 269, 300, 500 and 530F for civil use and TH-55 Osage, OH-6 Cayuse and highly successful AH 64-Apache, Hughes sold its helicopters business to McDonnell Douglas in 1984. For the most part, McDonnell Douglas stayed true to the original Hughes designs and nomenclatures.

In 1997, McDonnell Douglas merged with Boeing to become The Boeing Company.

In 1999, Boeing sold the former MD commercial helicopter lines to MD Helicopter Holdings Inc., an indirect subsidiary of the Dutch company, RDM Holding Inc. Included in the sale were the MD 500E and MD 530F single-engine helicopters with conventional tail rotors, the MD 520N and MD 600N single-engine helicopters with the Boeing exclusive NOTAR® no tail rotor system for anti-torque and directional control, and the MD Explorer series of twin-engine, eight-place helicopters.

Boeing maintained the AH-64 line of helicopters, and rights to the NOTAR system.

MD Helicopters Holdings Inc. was acquired in July, 2005 by Lynn Tilton, founder and owner of Patriarch Partners, LLC, a family office/private investment firm.

The company was recapitalized as an independent company, MD Helicopters, Inc. Based in Mesa, Arizona, the current product line includes the MD 500E, MD 530F, MD 520N, MD 600N and the MD 902 Explorer for commercial applications, as well as the MD 530F Cayuse Warrior, MD 530G Scout Attack, and MD 969 Twin Attack platforms for military and paramilitary customers.