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N674TH of Timberline Helicopters in new colors - Photo by LeoVi Cantu © Aug-19
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Kaman K-Max Calendar 2021
21-Apr-2021
First flight of unmanned K-MAX TITAN™ - Kaman announced today the first flight of its new unmanned helicopter, the K-MAX TITAN™. The world’s first heavy lift unmanned helicopter for the commercial market, K-MAX TITAN™ leads the way in repetitive, heavy lift without the constraints of manned operations. With a focus on enabling safety and operational efficiency, the proprietary K-MAX TITAN™ system will redefine the helicopter external lift market by increasing future mission capabilities in any location and any type of weather. The new system will be available for existing aircrafts as well as on new production K-MAX® helicopters.
16-Mar-2021
#053 delivered to Black Tusk Helicopters - Kaman K-1200 A94-0053 tested as N1200Q has been delivered to Black Tusk Helicopter Inc. of Squamish, BC, Canada as announced by Kaman Air Vehicles on March 15.
12-Feb-2021
#055 delivered to Rotex - Kaman K-1200 A94-0055 tested as N1200T will be soon registered as HB-ZPO of Rotex Helicopter AG. This 3rd K-Max in the fleet of Rotex left the Kaman factory on 10-Feb-21 and will be shipped by sea to Bremerhaven.
12-Jan-2021
#052 registered B-723C - Kaman K-1200 A94-0052 is now registered and delivered as B-723C to Guangdong Juxiang General Aviation Co Ltd as the 3rd K1200 in their fleet.
9-Sep-2020
HB-ZVM accident - Kaman K1200 K-Max HB-ZVM of Rotex Helicopter AG has been damaged in an accident today at Zum Biel VS. Fortunately the pilot is safe.
24-Aug-2020
N314 crashed - Kaman K-1200 K-Max N314 of Central Copters Inc crashed on August 24, 2020 near Warmic,OR during firefighting bucket operations while helping fight a wildfire in the Mount Hood National Forest. Unfortunately the pilot was killed in this accident. My deepest sympathy goes to the familiy and friends him.
15-Jan-2020
#051 registered N40HX - Kaman K-1200 A94-0051 is now registered and delivered as N40HX to Helicopter Express Inc.
13-Dec-2019
#050 registered HB-ZVM - Kaman K-1200 A94-0050 is now registered as HB-ZVM with Rotex Helicopter AG and has been delivered to Switzerland.
18-Nov-2019
Further new orders - Kaman Aerospace announced recently further new orders for the K-Max from Heli Austria on behalf of Heli Air AG Switzerland and another one from Helicopter Express. Both for delivery in 2019.
18-Nov-2019
Investigation of N134WC crash - Maybe of interested if not yet know, are the results of the independent complete investigation results of the crash of N134WC in this ISASI Report on page 22.
9-Sep-2019
New order from Rotex Helicopter AG - Kaman Aerospace announced today that it received a new order for the K-Max, bringing the total number of firm orders since the relaunch of production to twelve aircraft. The most recent order is from Rotex Helicopter AG, of Balzers Liechtenstein, which currently operates 3 K-Max focused on aerial construction and logging. Delivery of this aircraft is expected in the fourth quarter of 2019
1-Mar-2019
#043 registered N690RH - Kaman K-1200 A94-0043 is now registered as N690RH with Rainier Heli International Inc.
12-Oct-2018
#046 registered N805RA - Kaman K-1200 A94-0046 is now registered as N805RA with Rotak Helicopter Services and is joining the sisterships N357KA and N803RA in their fleet.
14-Aug-2018
#042 - #046 produced - Five further Kaman K-1200 K-Max are produced andpartially deliverted to the US customers Rotak Helicopter Services, Helicopter Express Inc and Columbia Basin Helicopter.
15-Feb-2018
#005 back in the air - Kaman K-1200 K-Max A94-0005 has been rebuilt and is back in the air as N116 with Central Copters Inc. The company is now operating a total of 4 K-Max, all in the spectacular red-black bubbles colors.
27-Sep-2017
#041 registered HB-ZTW - Kaman K-1200 K-Max A94-0041 is now registered as HB-ZTW with Rotex Helicopter. The company is operating since 20 years Kaman K-1200, now a fleet of total 3 K-Max.
16-Jun-2017
Resumed production - The first K-1200 of the resumed production recently had it's first flight. Two new K-Max are ordered by Lectern Aviation China and one by Rotex Helicopter Switzerland.
5-Jun-2015
Kaman Resumes Commercial K-MAX® Helicopter Production - Kaman Corporation announced today that its Aerosystems division has resumed production of commercial K-MAX® heavy-lift utility helicopters. The aircraft will be manufactured at Kaman’s Jacksonville, Florida and Bloomfield, Connecticut facilities and production and hiring for the program has already begun. The first new helicopter is expected to be delivered in early-2017 - Kaman News
30-Nov-2013
#029 new registered in VH-IUU - Kaman K-1200 K-Max A94-0029, ex ZK-HEE, is new registered in Australia as VH-IUU of Skywork Helicopters (Aust) Pty Ltd
20-Aug-2013
ROTEX HELICOPTER AG Logging standing trees - Check out the brand new video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8iZeBAm83FQ
8-Aug-2013
3rd K-Max for Central Copters - Kaman K-1200 N115 previous registered as HL9168 with Lucky Air joined the fleet of Central Copters Inc of Bozeman MT. It has been repainted with the same paint scheme as N314 and N414.
9-Jan-2013
ROTEX HELICOPTER AG Logging in Klosters - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RN3tked-aYY
1-Aug-2011
#025 back in the air - Kaman K-1200 N675TH of Timberline Helicopters Inc now has already a little over 100 flight hours since rebuild. Timberline Helicopters purchased this helicopter from Mountain West Helicopters in 2007, between January 2008 and June 2011 completed a re-build of the aircraft from its accident in Prineville Oregon in 2000.
18-Feb-2010
N134WC crashed - Kaman K-1200 K-Max N134WC of Woody Contracting Inc. was destroyed on June 16, 2010 during logging operations near Donnelly, Idaho. Unfortunately the pilot did not survive this tragic accident. My deepest sympathy goes to the familiy and friends of the pilot.
8-Feb-2010
Team K-MAX Demonstrates Successful Unmanned Helicopter Cargo Resupply to U.S. Marine Corps - Lockheed Martin Corporation and Kaman Aerospace Corporation, a subsidiary of Kaman Corporation have successfully demonstrated to the U.S. Marine Corps the capability of the Unmanned K-MAX(R) helicopter to resupply troops by unmanned helicopter at forward operating bases in Afghanistan. More in the Kaman Press Release
4-Sep-2009
US forces plot new role for unmanned cargo resupply - The US Marine Corps has selected two bidders - the Boeing A160T Hummingbird and the Lockheed Martin/Kaman K-Max - to demonstrate the ability to move 2,722kg (6,000lb) in less than 6h for three consecutive days. MORE
18-Dec-2008
N267KA crashed - Kaman K-1200 K-Max N267KA of Superior Leasing LLC crashed on December 17, 2008 in the Bouquet Canyon area of Santa Clarita, LA. Unfortunately a mechanic on ground was killed, the pilot suffered minor injuries is save.  My deepest sympathy goes to the familiy and friends of the mechanic. NTSB-Report - Press article
9-Dec-2008
1st NZ registered K-Max - Skywork Helicopters just registered # 029 as ZK-HEE and painted it in the eyecatching company livery.
14-Sep-2008
St.Louis Helicopters goes K-Max - St.Louis Helicopters of Chesterfield, MO is now operating K-Max # 029 N358KA previous operated by US Department of State.
14-Sep-2008
#006 with 22'000 flight hours - K-Max N134WC of Woody Contracting reached 22,000 flight hours 14th of August 2008 on the Deep Draw fire in Elmo Montana.
14-Sep-2008
K-Max videos - A nice video of K-Max HB-ZEH working in Valais/Switzerland by Jean Etienne Allet can be seen on You Tube as well as a video of St.Louis Helicopters K-Max knocking down a chimney with a wrecking balls.
30-June-2008
#007 with 15'000 flight hours - K-Max C-FXFT of Heli Qwest passed 15,000 flight hours on the 18th of June 2008.
14-Oct-2007
HB-ZEH crashed - Kaman K-1200 K-Max HB-ZEH of Eagle Helicopters AG crashed on October 2, 2007 at Illgau,SZ during logging work. The pilot is save, the helicopter badly damaged - AAIB Report
9-Sep-2007
Rainier Heli-Lift with STC for new carbon fire tank - On June 15th 2007, after three years of design and development work, Rainier Heli-Lift and Isolair Inc. received an STC for their new carbon fiber fire-fighting fixed tank. Rainier, operating K-MAX N699RH, flew the tank for the first time on November 16th 2006. Isolair Inc. the designer and builder of the tank will also be building and selling additional tanks to other K-MAX heavy-lift operators. The new 700-gallon carbon fiber tank weighs less than 500 pounds and is powered by a 50-HP hydraulic pack that pulls power from an accessory pad off of the transmission. The tank is a two-piece U-shaped tank design that keeps the weight high up on the airframe surrounding the center of gravity of the aircraft.It takes two mechanics 2.5 hours to remove the trolley system and attach the tank to the load-bearing beam. This quick installation gives the K-MAX the flexibility to rapidly switch from a long-line vertical reference heavy-lift platform to a tanked fire-fighting machine.
 
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