K-MAX in Puerto Rico After Hurricane Maria
K-MAX operator ROTAK Helicopter Services of Anchorage, Alaska will be operating on Puerto Rico supporting infrastructure re-building efforts following the devastation of hurricane Maria
Kaman, February 28, 2018 - LAS VEGAS - Kaman Aerosystems, a division of the aerospace segment of Kaman Corporation, announced today 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.
“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.”
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).
About Kaman Aerosystems: Kaman Aerosystems is a division of the Aerospace segment of Kaman Corporation, which was founded in 1945 by aviation pioneer Charles H. Kaman. Headquartered in Bloomfield, Connecticut, Kaman Corporation conducts business in the aerospace and distribution markets.
About Kaman: Kaman Corporation (NYSE:KAMN), which was founded in 1945 by aviation pioneer Charles H. Kaman. Headquartered in Bloomfield, Connecticut, Kaman Corporation conducts business in the aerospace and distribution markets.
The company produces and/or markets widely used proprietary aircraft bearings and components; super precision, miniature ball bearings; 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; production of the K-MAX® medium-to-heavy lift helicopter and support for the company's SH-2G Super Seasprite maritime aircraft.
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