The MD 600N is a twin-engine, medium-sized aircraft that was designed and manufactured by MD Helicopters. It was developed in the late 1980s from the MD 500E with an increased engine power of 1,200 shp (895 kW) per engine. The first prototype flew on October 5th 1987 and production began in 1990. The aircraft has been used for a variety of purposes including law enforcement, corporate transport, emergency medical services, cargo hauling and offshore oil exploration.

MD Helicopters
United States
1995 to: Present
US$2.9 million
Garmin Avionics
1 × Allison 250-C47 Turboshaft
603 horsepower
Max Cruise Speed:
148 knots
274 Km/h
Approach Speed (Vref):
Travel range:
423 Nautical Miles
783 Kilometers
Fuel Economy:
2.33 nautical mile / gallon
1.140 kilometres / litre
Service Ceiling:
18,700 feet
Rate of Climb:
2100 feet / minute
10.67metre / second
Take Off Distance:
Landing Distance:
Max Take Off Weight:
2,041 Kg
4,500 lbs
Max Landing Weight:
Max Payload:
1,089 Kg
2,401 lbs
Fuel Tank Capacity:
116 gallon
439 litre
Baggage Volume:
1 m3 / 35 ft3
Seats - Economy / General:
8 seats
Seats - Business Class:
Seats - First Class:
Cabin Height:
1.22 metre - 4.00 feet
Cabin Width:
1.22 metre - 4.00 feet
Cabin Length:
2 metre - 6.56 feet
Exterior Length:
11.3 metre - 37.07 feet
Tail height:
3 metre - 9.84 feet
Fuselage Diameter:
1.4 metre - 4.59 feet
Wing Span / Rotor Diameter:
8.38 metre - 27.49 feet
Wing Tips:
No Winglets

This blog post will provide information about the MD 600N aircraft. This helicopter is a civilian version of the military MH-6M Little Bird and AH-6J/AH-6P (Apache) attack helicopters, which have been used extensively by US armed forces in Iraq and Afghanistan since the 1980s. The first MD 600N was delivered to Brazilian airline Transbrasil on 15 July 1990.

The MD600N’s design includes an engine mounted on each side of its fuselage with two rigid, titanium rotor blades turning in opposite directions that provides more power than one engine configuration or three engines, tandem seating for pilot and co-pilot, increased cruise speed over other models and retractable landing gear for improved ground clearance.

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