One of the few primary endeavors of Kaman, initially developed in August 1994 before getting shut down in 2001.  In 2017, however, the production of the K-MAX has started up again.  The synchrocopter made its first flight in 1991 [1].

A primary design feature of the K-MAX is successfully providing Vertical Reference Flight (VRF), meaning the pilot has a visual of the external load, pick-up, target and surrounding area from the cockpit [2].  The K-MAX has also been operated as an unmanned aircraft.

Source 1: Moorman, Robert W. "Coming Full Circle". Vertiflite, July/August 2015. Published by AHS International. Page 30.

Source 2: Haliscak, George. "Vertical Reference Flight (VRF) The Kaman K-1200 'K-MAX' Helicopter Design". Presented at the AHS 55th Annual Forum, 1999. Page 1.

Overview

Data on design, manufacture and status

Design authority: Kaman Aircraft Corporation

Primary manufacturer: Kaman Aircraft Corporation

Parent type: Kaman K-1200 (K-MAX)

Aircraft status: Operational

Configuration

Primary flight and mechanical characteristics

VTOL type: Helicopter

Lift devices: 2 in Synchropter configuration

Crew required: 1 in Single seater arrangement

Landing gear: Wheels (non-retractable)

Key Characteristics

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Aircraft Details

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