Kaman Aerospace, a division of Kaman Corporation, announced recently that it received a new order for the K-MAX medium-to-heavy lift helicopter, bringing the total number of firm orders since the relaunch of production to 12.
The recent order is from Rotex Helicopter AG of Balzers, Liechtenstein, which currently operates multiple K-MAX aircraft focused on aerial construction and logging. Delivery of this aircraft is expected in the fourth quarter of 2019.
Urs Riebli, Owner of Rotex Helicopter AG, said: “Rotex Helicopter AG has been a K-MAX operator for over 22 years and has flown over 45,000 flight hours. A new production K-MAX will add to our proven aerial lift operations, while providing our customers with a highly reliable low-cost solution.”
Darlene Smith, VP and GM, Kaman Air Vehicles Division, said: “We are thrilled that Rotex has selected a new K-MAX to add to their fleet and we look forward to continuing our relationship with a long-term customer who values the unique capabilities of the aircraft.
“The reputation of the K-MAX as a highly versatile and capable aircraft is translating into the increased level of interest we are seeing from operators around the globe. The order book for K-MAX is filling in nicely and we look forward to increasing sales for many years to come.”
Development of the K-MAX was led by Kaman founder and former CEO, aviation pioneer Charlie H Kaman, and received Federal Aviation Administration certification in 1994. The 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 6,000lb (2,722kg).
Source: Kaman Aerospace