Kaman Aerosystems (NYSE: KAMN) has announced that a successful first flight of a K-MAX helicopter from the newly reopened commercial production line took place on Friday, May 12, 2017, the company said.
Delivery of the first two production aircraft to customer Lectern Aviation of China for a firefighting mission is scheduled to occur in the next few weeks.
K-MAX aircraft from the re-opened production line have been ordered by customers from around the world including China, Europe, and North America. The aircraft is currently in use worldwide for firefighting, logging, and other missions requiring repetitive aerial lift capabilities.
The single-engine, single-seat K-MAXis 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).
Kaman Aerosystems is a division of the Aerospace Segment of Bloomfield, Connecticut-based Kaman Corporation (NYSE: KAMN) which conducts business in the aerospace and industrial distribution markets. The company is a distributor of industrial parts, and operates approximately 240 customer service centers and 5 distribution centers across the US and Puerto Rico.
Kaman offers more than 4 million items and MRO supplies to customers in virtually every industry. Additionally, the company 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.