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MD 500D Price and Operating Costs


The MD 500D, production in 1976 – 1982, requires a one man crew and can be configured in 3 seats. Maximum operating altitude of 16,000′, a optimal cruise speed of 134 knots/155 MPH, and a 229 NM/264 SM seats-full range. The MD 500D 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 500D is $352,500.00. A $176,250.00 loan over 10 years including $734.38 per month in interest equates to a $8,837.83 per-month payment. Based on 450 hours a year and fuel cost at $4.25 per-gallon, the MD 500D has total variable costs of $270,045.00, total fixed costs of $149,510.00, and hypothetical summary cost of $419,555.00. How much does it cost to fly: $932.34 per hour.

Maximal total range:
229 NM / 264 SM
Cruise speed:
134 knots / 155 MPH
Average price:
Number of passengers:
3 people

MD 500D

Flying 450 Hours per Year
Owner-operated hours 450
Charter-operated hours
Fuel Cost per-gallon $4.25
Fixed operation and maintenance cost $149,510.00
Variable operation and maintenance cost $270,045.00
How much does a helicopter cost per year $419,555.00
Cost per hour $932.34

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