Kaman K-MAX

Kaman K-MAX

The Kaman K-1200 K-MAX aerial truck is the worlds first helicopter specifically designed for aerial crane work. Like its predecessor, the HH-43 Huskie, the K-Max is a synchrocopter, meaning that the two rotors are mounted side-by-side, but canted away from each other and their rotor-arcs intermesh. The prototype K-Max first flew on 23 December 1991, piloted by company test pilot Al Ashley. US FAA certification was awarded in September 1994.

Thirty-eight K-Max helicopters are reported to have been built between 1991 and 2003, however, several have suffered mishaps or are unserviceable.
In 2015 was announced the K-MAX was back in production after a 12 year gap with expected initial deliveries from 2017

Specifications K-MAX

Engine 1 x Lycoming T53-17 1800 shp
Capacity 1
Length (m) 15.8
Height (m) 4.14
Blades 2
Rotor diam. (m) 14.73
Disc area (m2) 340.9
Weight (kgs) Empty: 2177     Max: 5216
Speed (km/h) Cruise: 148     Max: 185
Range (km) 494
Ceiling (m)     Max: 8740
Rate/Climb (m/min) 750

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