Kaman and Lockheed Martin (Team K-Max) have demonstrated the ability of an unmanned Kaman K-Max to fly troop cargo re-supply missions autonomously and remotely via line-of-sight and satellite-based line-of-sight datalink. The tests
An innovative coating system that is extending the life of U.S. Army Black Hawk helicopter main rotor blades may soon be available for commercial use courtesy of Kaman Helicopters (Booth No. 1719) and partner Hontek of South Windsor, Conn. The coating helps improve blade life, thus increasing helicopter availability and lowering maintenance costs.
The helicopter division of Kaman Aerospace (Booth No. 2447) announced that it is offering a second water tank option for K-Max helicopter operators. The Bloomfield, Conn.-based company will continue to offer the Kawak Aviation Technologies 700-gallon fixed-tank system, but operators can now also opt for an FAA-certified fixed-tank system from Isolair Helicopter Systems.
Ending a roughly one-year tenure as president and CEO of Enstrom Helicopters, and just a few weeks after HAI’s Heli-Expo show where he sketched a bold new battle plan for the company he then headed, Steve Daniels is out, replaced by former consultant Peter Parsinen, who will serve as acting president until a permanent replacement can be located.
Lockheed Martin and Kaman Aerospace , a subsidiary of Kaman of Bloomfield, Conn., have teamed to market advanced manned and unmanned helicopters worldwide for government applications. The companies intend to develop an unmanned version of the K-Max, already FAA approved for manned operation. The K-Max, with counter-rotating and intermeshing rotors that eliminate the need for a tail rotor, has accumulated more than 200,000 flight hours.
Grizzly Mountain Aviation, of Prineville, Ore., has taken delivery of a second Kaman Aerospace K-Max, for use on logging, firefighting and power-line construction. The aircraft is currently supporting a large power-line project in Ontario, Canada, before heading home to the Pacific Northwest.
Kaman Aerospace has sold a K-Max helicopter for oil and gas exploration to Central Copters of Belgrade, Mont. The company provides construction, fire suppression, personnel transport and natural resource exploration services. Mark Duffy, owner and president of Central Copters, said the K-Max lift performance “offers a unique capability that we need.”
Steve Daniels has joined Simplex as vice president of sales and marketing. A seasoned helicopter salesman who was ousted as CEO of Enstrom last year, Daniels will head sales activities at the Portland, Ore.-based firefighting equipment developer and expand its marketing network.
Bell Helicopter, which builds the 206 and 407 single-turbine rotorcraft, unveiled the seven-seat Model 417 at the Helicopter Association International’s Heli-Expo, ending its three-day run in Dallas today. The new model is powered by a Honeywell HTS900 turboshaft. The 407 is powered by a Rolls-Royce 250-C47B. Honeywell expects the initial TBO to be 3,000 hours but is aiming to increase this figure to 5,000 hours for the mature engine.
Kaman Aerospace has launched the Firemax, a K-Max medium-lifter equipped with a 700-gallon fixed-tank aerial firefighting rig. Program director Roger Wassmuth said that a U-shaped tank system, designed for quick installation, comes with a hydraulic refill pump that can deliver a 25-second refill time and a dense water column for effective drop patterns.
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