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AIR CONDITIONING UNIT APPROVED FOR MD 500 SERIES HELICOPTERS

 AIR CONDITIONING UNIT APPROVED FOR MD 500 SERIES HELICOPTERS
 MESA, Ariz., Sept. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Operating MD 500 Series helicopters can be really "cool" these days.
 That's not slang. That's the reality made possible by a new air conditioning system recently approved for the versatile MD 500 Series. It's also another example of technical leadership fostered by McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Co.
 The Model R500, manufactured by Aero Aire Corp. of Dunedin, Fla., is a lightweight unit that fits inside the lower fuselage below the co-pilot's feet, and inside the engine compartment.
 The unit is compatible with new freon replacements, making it ozone-safe.
 No components from the 74-pound air conditioning system are mounted externally, and the unit requires only minor external aircraft modifications.
 "Availability of a self-contained air conditioning unit for the MD 500 is great news for the hundreds of MD 500 Series operators worldwide who fly in warmer temperatures," said Alan Neugebauer, MD 500 business development manager for McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Co.
 Operators who fly in cooler temperatures use their helicopters' bleed air heating and air-circulation systems.
 "Everyone who flies MD 500s will now be able to fly in comfort year-round," he added.
 The thermostatically controlled Aero Aire unit uses freon gas for cooling and operates the same as air conditioners used in today's automobiles.
 The control box, which can be installed in the MD 500's T-panel, is easy to read and operate.
 The unit draws only six horsepower while providing 18,000 BTU, more than enough output to cool an MD 500 Series helicopter.
 The new air conditioner was developed by Aero Aire with the assistance of McDonnell Douglas (NYSE: MD), which strives for continuous improvement in all of its products. The new unit joins a growing list of enhancements to the MD 500, including the revolutionary NOTAR(TM) anti-torque system on the MD 520N that eliminates the need for a tail rotor.
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 /CONTACT: Hal Klopper of McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Co., 602-891-5519/
 (MD) CO: McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Co. ST: Arizona IN: ARO SU:


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