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MD 500ER Price and Operating Costs


The MD 500ER, production in 1983 – to present, requires a one man crew and can be configured in 3 seats. Maximum operating altitude of 16,000′, a optimal cruise speed of 135 knots/156 MPH, and a 170 NM/195 SM seats-full range. The MD 500ER 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 15.00 ft^3; 10.00 ft^3 being internal and 05.00 ft^3 being external.


Average price for used aircraft MD 500ER is $1,250,000.00. A $625,000.00 loan over 10 years including $2604.17 per month in interest equates to a $31,339.82 per-month payment. Based on 450 hours a year and fuel cost at $4.25 per-gallon, the MD 500ER has total variable costs of $263,745.00, total fixed costs of $192,110.00, and hypothetical summary cost of $455,855.00. How much does it cost to fly: $1,013.01 per hour.

Maximal total range:
170 NM / 195 SM
Cruise speed:
135 knots / 156 MPH
Average price:
Number of passengers:
3 people

MD 500ER

Flying 450 Hours per Year
Owner-operated hours 450
Charter-operated hours
Fuel Cost per-gallon $4.25
Fixed operation and maintenance cost $192,110.00
Variable operation and maintenance cost $263,745.00
How much does a helicopter cost per year $455,855.00
Cost per hour $1,013.01

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