MD 902 Explorer is an American multi-purpose light helicopter developed in 1996 by MD Helicopters Inc. Aircraft Corporation.
The design of the aircraft model MD 902 Explorer began by American aircraft manufacturers in the mid-90s of the last century. The model of the aircraft MD 900 Explorer was taken as the basis, and, to a greater extent, the design and appearance of the helicopter remained practically unchanged, while the technical and flight performance of the aircraft was significantly improved.
At its core, the MD 902 Explorer helicopter can be called a modernized version of the MD 900 Explorer aircraft, however, and assigning it to a separate model will also not be erroneous, as the technical parameters of the aircraft were carefully optimized, which allowed reducing the project cost to some extent. but to improve the operational capabilities of the helicopter.
The helicopter model MD 902 Explorer has a higher maneuverability index than the model MD 900 Explorer, which is mainly due to the presence of a more powerful and productive power plant, moreover, control of the aircraft, in this case, is practically not difficult.
The aircraft MD 902 Explorer was first introduced in September 1996, however, the first flight of this aircraft took place only a year later – on September 5, 1997, which was associated with the need for technical improvements. Nevertheless, all the tests this aircraft was able to complete and therefore, the project was launched into serial production.
Due to more efficient performance, the aircraft model MD 902 Explorer was quite popular, despite the outward resemblance to the model MD 900 Explorer. In just two years of its production (as of the end of 2000), aircraft manufacturers from MD Helicopters Inc. 57 aircraft of this model were sold.
Onboard the aircraft MD 902 Explorer can accommodate up to 8 people, including one pilot and seven passengers, moreover, this aircraft can also be adapted for transportation of various kinds of cargo, provided that the maximum take-off weight of the aircraft will not be exceeded.
The helicopter MD 902 Explorer is equipped with a gas turbine power plant consisting of two aircraft engines of the brand Pratt Whitney Canada PW206E, each of which has its thrust of 545 hp, which is slightly more than the model MD 900 Explorer. The aircraft can accelerate to its maximum flight speed of 260 kilometers and cover distances of up to 550 kilometers, while a helicopter model MD 900 Explorer could be deployed at distances of 525 kilometers.
- Crew: 1 person;
- Capacity: 7 people;
- Length: 11.84 m.;
- Height: 3.66 m.;
- The diameter of the rotor: 10.34 m.;
- Empty helicopter mass: 1543 kg .;
- Maximum take-off weight: 3130 kg .;
- Cruising speed: 250 km \ h.;
- Maximum flight speed: 260 km \ h.;
- Maximum flight range: 550 km .;
- Maximum flight height: 5940 m.;
- Powerplant: 2 x Pratt Whitney Canada PW206E;
- Power: 2 x 545 HP