This piece by Web Editor Patricia Daddona originally appeared in Hartford Business.com January 17, 2017.
Bloomfield, CT-based Kaman Aerosystems has received its first K-MAX airframe from a reopened production line in Jacksonville, FL., and will assemble, test and certify it in Connecticut.
The company said Tuesday its single-engine, single-seat K-MAX is a rugged, low-maintenance aircraft used to carry external loads. Delivery of the finished aircraft to customers Kaman did not name is scheduled for the second quarter of 2017.
Drake Klotzman, air vehicles and MRO division general manager, called the progress a “milestone” for the program.
“Our experienced employees are working diligently to complete the first aircraft in order to have deliveries to customers begin this spring with multiple deliveries to follow during 2017,” he said.
Kaman founder and former CEO, aviation pioneer Charles H. Kaman, led development of the K-Max, which received Federal Aviation Administration certification in 1994. The aircraft are used around the world for firefighting, logging, construction and other missions requiring repetitive aerial lift capabilities.
Kaman Aerosystems is a division of the aerospace segment of Kaman Corp. Learn more at www.kaman.com/aerosystems.