Kaman Aerosystems, has received a third order in the current quarter for the K-MAX medium-to-heavy lift helicopter, bringing the total number of firm orders since the relaunch of production to eleven units.
The most recent order is from Precision Lift of Baker City, Oregon. This is the second aircraft purchased by Precision Lift in the last twelve months and will join the company’s fleet of firefighting aircraft.
“We have many operators that own multiple K-MAX aircraft and we are excited to welcome Precision Lift to that list,” said Darlene Smith, vice president and general manager of air vehicles at Kaman and maintenance, repair and overhaul division. “Our operators continue to value the capabilities of the K-MAX when expanding their fleet size. The interest we have seen for the aircraft provides us confidence as we move forward with Lots II and III, where we plan to produce ten additional units,”
Development of the K-MAX was led by Kaman founder and former Chief Executive Charlie H. Kaman, and received FAA certification in 1994. The single-engine, single-seat K-MAX is a rugged low-maintenance aircraft that features a counter-rotating rotor system and optimized for external load operations and designed specifically for vertical reference flight. The aircraft can lift up to 6,000 pounds.
“The versatility and reliability of our first K-MAX provided substantial value to our operations when combined with our existing fleet of Air Tractor AT-802 aircraft,’ said Precision Lift owner and President David McCarty. “Adding a second K-MAX will significantly expand our offering of cost effective firefighting assets with unique high density altitude performance for state agencies and the U.S. Forest Service to combat fires.”
Kaman restarted K-Max production in 2015, at which time the line had been shuttered for 12 years.