KAMAN ANNOUNCES NEW COMMERCIAL HELICOPTER
KAMAN ANNOUNCES NEW COMMERCIAL HELICOPTER LAS VEGAS, Nev., March 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Kaman Corp.
(NASDAQ: KAMNA), at Heli-Expo '92 here, today announced a new commercial helicopter specifically designed for vertical lift applications.
"K-MAX launches more than just a new aircraft. It marks the introduction of an entirely new technology concept for commercial helicopter users," said Charles H. Kaman, chairman and chief executive officer of Kaman Corp. "This is the first commercial helicopter designed for repeated load/unload cycles. "K-MAX is an aerial truck, an extremely efficient lifting workhorse," added Kaman. The performance objective of K-MAX is 5,000 lbs. on the hook to a tree-line altitude of 8,000 ft. out of ground effect, with the engine operating in its continuous power range and plenty of reserve. The aircraft weighs 4,100 lbs. empty and can carry 6,000 lbs. on the hook at lower altitudes. Maximum gross weight is 10,500 lbs. Kaman and Lycoming have joined as major partners on the K-MAX program. K-MAX will be powered by the T5317A engine. "We are extremely proud to have been chosen by Kaman to provide the powerplant for the unique new K-MAX helicopter," said David G. Assard, president of Textron Lycoming Turbine Engine Division. "Kaman's objectives for reliability, durability and safety are very much our own. Supporting K-MAX is a major commitment and opportunity for Lycoming. We are very excited about the potential for this aircraft in the marketplace." Kaman set a cost objective so that operators can make money flying K-MAX. Initially, K-MAX will be introduced through a leasing program to customers with a target of opportunity of $1,000 per flight hour for 1,000 hours per year. "We call this program 'A Grand for a Grand,'" said Kaman. "The lease arrangement will confirm fixed costs while giving operators the opportunity to confirm the performance of the aircraft in various roles. Kaman will maintain a very high level of support and involvement." K-MAX is based on Kaman's unique intermeshing "synchro-lift" rotor technology. The aircraft has counter-rotating main rotors and no tail rotor, with all engine power going directly into the rotors for lift. K-MAX is ideally suited for applications requiring lift efficiency such as logging, power line installation, fire fighting, construction, reforestation, mineral/oil field development and support, seismic exploration, and all forms of high altitude work. K-MAX was designed as a single seat helicopter to provide unsurpassed visibility and to set new low levels for maintenance and operating costs. It is designed to be simple, using traditional aircraft materials, with maximum load bearing strength, new levels of pilot protection and ease of access. All components have been designed rugged for long life, with a TBO of 2,500 hours. The rotors and transmission are designed for infinite life under full load operation. Rotor blade control is through Kaman's exclusive servo-flap system. The blades and servo-flaps are composite structures. All replacement components and parts support will be available in 24 hours or less through Kaman Industrial Technologies' 150 facilities throughout North America. The K-MAX aircraft unveiled at Heli-Expo '92 is a prototype which has entered flight testing. FAA certification is anticipated in the latter half of 1993, with first deliveries thereafter. Kaman Corp., headquartered in Bloomfield, Conn., is a highly diversified company with business activities in defense (40 percent), industrial (40 percent), and commercial (20 percent) markets. -0- 3/22/92 /CONTACT: J. Kenneth Nasshan of Kaman, 203-243-7319/ (KAMNA TXT) CO: Kaman Corporation; Textron Lycoming ST: Connecticut, Nevada IN: ARO SU: PDT
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