MD Helicopters Receives Orders for 12 MD 530F Helicopters from Kurdistan Regional Government

KRG Fleet will Serve the Ministry of Interior in Police and Firefighting Role


MESA, Ariz., Sep. 24, 2013 – MD Helicopters Inc. (MDHI), a Lynn Tilton company and leading manufacturer of commercial, air-rescue, military and law enforcement helicopters, announced that the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has placed orders for 12 new MD 530F helicopters. The new aircraft will be delivered during the fourth quarter of 2013.

The newest members of the KRG fleet will provide support to the Ministry of Interior for airborne law enforcement and firefighting missions in the mountainous regions of Kurdistan. The aircraft will be equipped with the latest state-of-the art technology, including NVG compatible cockpit, high powered searchlight and advanced avionics.

“The MD 530F provides exceptional mission versatility and proven hot and high performance, indigenous to the Kurdistan region” said Ms. Lynn Tilton, Chief Executive Officer of MDHI. “We are pleased that the Kurdistan Regional Government has chosen the MD 530F aircraft to support their critical airborne police and firefighting missions. We look forward to growing our relationship with the KRG and providing exceptional support for the new fleet.”

Equipped with the 650 shp Rolls Royce 250-C30 engine and longer main-rotor blades, the MD 530F is the company’s finest high-altitude, hot-day performer. When compared to the MD 500E, the 530F’s tailboom is extended eight inches, and the tail rotor blades are also lengthened to provide increased thrust and directional control at high altitudes. The MD 530F increases the operational capabilities, enabling greater mission versatility and performance. This dependable aircraft has greater take-off power at significantly higher hover ceiling levels than its competitors, with in-ground-effect hover capability of 16,000 feet ISA. The MD 530F also retains the family characteristics of speed, agility, low direct operating costs and the ability to operate with ease in confined spaces.

 About MD Helicopters

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI), a Lynn Tilton company, is a leading manufacturer of commercial, military, law enforcement and air-rescue helicopters.  The MDHI family of rotorcraft is world renowned for its value, versatility and performance.  The MD Helicopters family includes the twin-engine MD Explorer, and single engine versions of the MD 600N, MD 520N, MD 500E, MD 530F and MD 540F. The innovative NOTAR system for anti-torque control with no tail rotor is used exclusively by MD Helicopters to provide safer, quieter and confined-area access capability.  The company is based in Mesa, Arizona. For more information about MDHI, visit www.mdhelicopters.com

About Patriarch Partners, LLC

Patriarch Partners, LLC, is an investment firm and holding company managing 75 companies with annual revenues in excess of $8 billion. Founded by Wall Street veteran Lynn Tilton in 2000, Patriarch is dedicated to saving American manufacturing jobs by saving American companies that have fallen from economic favor. Since inception, the Patriarch family of funds has bought more than 150 companies, and in so doing has saved over 250,000 jobs. Patriarch’s platform includes a broad range of industrial concerns including Dura Automotive, Oasis Water and American LaFrance, in addition to iconic American brands such as Rand McNally, MD Helicopters, Stila Cosmetics and Spiegel Catalogs. Under Ms. Tilton's leadership, Patriarch has become the largest woman-owned business in America with companies in its platform providing employment to more than 120,000 persons. For more information, please visit www.patriarchpartners.com.

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