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MD 500C Price and Operating Costs


The MD 500C, production in 1972 – 1976, requires a one man crew and can be configured in 3 seats. Maximum operating altitude of 16,000′, a optimal cruise speed of 131 knots/151 MPH, and a 268 NM/309 SM seats-full range. The MD 500C has a 00′ runway length (or runway plus clearway and/or stopway) and 00′ actual landing distance required. Cabin specifications: 04’04” cabin high, 04’06” cabin wide, and 03’06” cabin long. Maximum luggage capacity of 10.00 ft^3; 10.00 ft^3 being internal and N/A ft^3 being external.


Average price for used aircraft MD 500C is $225,000.00. A $112,500.00 loan over 10 years including $468.75 per month in interest equates to a $5,641.17 per-month payment. Based on 450 hours a year and fuel cost at $4.25 per-gallon, the MD 500C has total variable costs of $263,160.00, total fixed costs of $141,410.00, and hypothetical summary cost of $404,570.00. How much does it cost to fly: $899.04 per hour.

Maximal total range:
268 NM / 309 SM
Cruise speed:
131 knots / 151 MPH
Average price:
Number of passengers:
3 people

MD 500C

Flying 450 Hours per Year
Owner-operated hours 450
Charter-operated hours
Fuel Cost per-gallon $4.25
Fixed operation and maintenance cost $141,410.00
Variable operation and maintenance cost $263,160.00
How much does a helicopter cost per year $404,570.00
Cost per hour $899.04

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