Kaman K-MAX supporting infrastructure rebuilding on Puerto Rico

Kaman Aerosystems, a division of the aerospace segment of Kaman Corporation, has announced at HAI Heli-Expo that K-MAX helicopter operator ROTAK Helicopter Services of Anchorage, Alaska will be operating on Puerto Rico supporting infrastructure re-building efforts following the devastation of hurricane Maria.

The Kaman K-MAX can lift up to 6,000 pounds (2,722 kilograms). Kaman Photo
The Kaman K-MAX can lift up to 6,000 pounds (2,722 kilograms). Kaman Photo
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“We are proud that K-MAX will be fulfilling this role in the critical re-building effort for the people of Puerto Rico,” stated Drake Klotzman, general manager of the MRO division of Kaman Aerospace. “This mission will utilize K-MAX’s 6,000-pound lift and precision placement capability, small operating foot print, and low operating costs and will present a strong value proposition to ROTAK and the end users. Strong demand has resulted in extended K-MAX production and is cause for consideration of the manufacture of additional aircraft.”

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Ely Woods, owner and director of maintenance for ROTAK stated, “We are looking forward to performing this important role in the recovery and clean-up of the devastation from hurricane Maria. Further, I am looking forward to taking delivery later this year of the two additional K-MAX aircraft we have on order.”

Development of the K-MAX was led by Kaman founder and former CEO, aviation pioneer Charles H. Kaman, and received Federal Aviation Administration certification in 1994. The single-engine, single-seat K-MAX is a rugged low-maintenance aircraft that features a counter-rotating rotor system and is optimized for external load operations and designed specifically for vertical reference flight. The aircraft can lift up to 6,000 pounds (2,722 kg).

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