Kaman promoting K-Max firefighting role at FIDAE 2016

Kaman Corp has announced it will attend the FIDAE 2016 aerospace exhibition in the Chilean capital Santiago this week to promote the use of the K-Max for firefighting work. FIDAE opens today (Tuesday) through to Sunday 3rd April.

The K-Max is a dedicated lift helicopter, and features intermeshing rotor blades. A total of 38 were built during a production run from 1994 to 2003, following a first flight of the model on 23 December 1991.

The single-seat helicopter has an intentionally minimal width fuselage to make the most of the potential payload or it external lifting capacity.

The K-Max has been successfully trialled in unmanned roles in Afghanistan, picking up and moving cargo. Two helicopters were stationed there for around three years, working for the US Marine Corps. The helicopter is certified to lift up to 6,000 pounds (2,722kg).

The US Forest Service recently awarded 10 multi-year firefighting contracts to K-MAX operators.

Production has  commenced at the Kaman facilities in both Bloomfield, Connecticut and Jacksonville, Florida. The first delivery of this second production run is targeted for early 2017 to Hong Kong-based Lectern Aviation Supply. Other customers for new production aircraft include existing operators Rotex Helicopter of Switzerland, and Helicopter Express in Georgia.

Jeremy Parkin

Jeremy is news editor for Helicopter Investor Jeremy's interest in aviation started during his school days, and while at university he decided to focus on helicopters. This led him to build a detailed database - eventually with global coverage of over 130,000 civil and military helicopters. In 1999, Jeremy launched the world's first helicopter news website, which he continues today through his ownership of HeliHub.com. Jeremy brings his expert industry knowledge in a partnership with Helicopter Investor, which includes exclusive opinion pieces for us. You can contact him at jeremy.parkin@gmail.com or follow him on twitter @helihub

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