Kaman Aerospace Group announced today that it is soliciting interest in new K-MAX® orders at Heli-Expo 2014, the helicopter industry’s largest trade show.
“We regularly receive inquiries from operators interested in buying new K-MAX® aircraft for a variety of missions across the world. With more than 20,000 industry professionals in attendance from around the globe, there is no better place to solicit interest in new aircraft than Heli-Expo,” stated Jim Larwood, President of Kaman Aerosystems. “There is clearly demand for new aircraft to support firefighting, logging or any industry requiring repetitive aerial lift capabilities, and the K-MAX® is extremely well suited for all of these industrial applications. We have developed plans to reopen production for potential military programs. However, if we can establish sufficient firm commitments from commercial customers now, we are prepared to seek approval from our Board to reopen the line.”
The K-MAX® received its FAA certification twenty years ago in 1994. The aircraft is utilized for commercial applications in many countries around the world and, since 2011; it has been operating in Afghanistan with the U.S. Marine Corps in an unmanned configuration with impressive vertical lift capabilities. Designed to perform repetitive external lifting, the K-MAX® performs that mission better than any other helicopter in the world. The single-engine, single-seat K-MAX® is a rugged workhorse, and no helicopter works harder or more efficiently.
Having proven itself in the harshest conditions, the K-MAX® medium-lift helicopter is well suited for lifting operations in austere environments, including helicopter logging, power line construction, ski-lift installations, and logistical support for remote construction sites. With K-MAX's quiet rotor system and resulting low downwash, it also plays a critical role in emergency response.Visit Kaman during Heli-Expo at Exhibit 4922. About Kaman Kaman Aerospace Group is a segment of Kaman Corporation (NYSE:KAMN) founded in 1945 by aviation pioneer Charles H. Kaman. Headquartered in Bloomfield, Connecticut, Kaman Corporation conducts business in the aerospace and industrial distribution markets. The company produces and/or markets widely used proprietary aircraft bearings and components; complex metallic and composite aerostructures for commercial, military and general aviation fixed and rotary wing aircraft; aerostructure engineering design analysis and FAA certification services; safe and arm solutions for missile and bomb systems for the U.S. and allied militaries; subcontract helicopter work; and support for the company's SH-2G Super Seasprite maritime helicopters and K-MAX medium-to-heavy lift helicopters. Additionally, the company is a leading distributor of industrial parts, and operates more than 200 customer service centers and five distribution centers across North America. Kaman offers more than four million items including bearings, mechanical power transmission, electrical, material handling, motion control, fluid power, automation and MRO supplies to customers in virtually every industry. Kaman also provides engineering, design and support for automation, electrical, linear, hydraulic and pneumatic systems as well as belting and rubber fabrication, customized mechanical services, hose assemblies, repair, fluid analysis and motor management. More information is available at www.kaman.com .