The MD500-style rear end is pretty conventional as well, with the transmission for the tail rotor running atop the tail boom and enclosed within a protective fairing – a pretty common solution on most helicopters (interestingly, on the R-44 – the most similar machine out there – the transmission is fully enclosed in the boom itself). A detail that can hardly escape the eye is the prong sticking out of the fin, which actually houses the rear navigation light.

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