This MD902 Explorer was built in 2001 and flew for almost 4000 hours before its retirement in 2017. It served across the globe in a variety of roles: as a police helicopter in Suffolk County, New York, as an air ambulance in Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UK, and with the General Lighthouse Authority, charity Trinity House, in support of their operations around the UK coastline.
The Explorer features the NOTAR (No Tail Rotor) system, which uses fan driven air from its tail boom to counteract the torque of the main rotor, improving safety and reducing noise.
With engines and all serviceable spare parts recovered from the aircraft to minimise waste, the composite and aluminium shell was destined to be scrapped. That’s where we stepped in to save the aircraft from the crusher and provide it with a new life.
We’ve refitted the instruments and lowered the cabin floor to allow standing room inside. We’ll refit the original skids and rotor blades when we complete the project, but it’s ready to convert into a unique garden office, meeting space or glamping pod and is something of a ‘blank canvas’ at the moment. Of the 142 Explorers produced, around 100 are still flying, but only one has been preserved in Luxembourg.
Imagine a fold out bed, kitchenette, fridge, home cinema system, desk, sofa, bar, flight simulator or, frankly, whatever you’d like inside! The possibilities really are endless and we’ll work to your bespoke design and budget.
Being mostly composite, it’s lightweight, will not corrode and very easy to transport - it’ll fit through a 2.3m gap and the tail boom assembly is removed for transportation and stored inside the cabin.
The base price is £25 000 + VAT. We’d be delighted to discuss further options with you.
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