Despite its rather fragile appearance, the K-MAX is a heavy-duty workhorse with unsurpassed qualities that allow her to carry a cargo load more than her own listed empty weight. The Incident Command System requirement for a Type 1 helicopter is a minimum of 700 gallons, yet they continue to receive contracts as a Type 1. This means that the pilot can perform all normal and emergency procedures without removing hands or feet from controls. This provides a measurable performance advantage for operators conducting rescue missions or dropping water on fires in mountanous areas.
Later four firefighters from the base rappelled into the steep terrain. K-MAX News.
Scott Tipton of Colorado says drones could be used to fight fires. CNN Chile reported that one of the helicopters has night-flying capabilities.
Factors such as weather, fuel and the availability of flight crews also limit the amount of cargo that can be delivered to the outposts, he said. For initial attack only, Kmax operators are authorized to use any water bucket with a capacity of over 200 us gallons. Home News.
From carrying concrete for the foundations, erecting the towers, and finally stringing the power lines, all in austere environments, the rugged K-MAX helicopter is ideally suited for the tasks.
Army colors are now flying around the eastern United States, although not necessarily with official Army approval.
An external instrument panel is thoughtfully set with critical mission gauges to keep the pilot's eyes close to the situation when precise hovering is called for. Its range is about 270 nautical miles. A month-long project with a conventional crane turned into a half-day project with the K-MAX K-1200 helicopter powered by the Honeywell T53-17 engine.
The engine is fitted within a compartment at amidships, exhausting just above the empennage base through a cylindrical fixture. The unmanned model is also intended for use in the civilian role to test air quality against Nuclear, Biological and Chemical NBC components. Using preprogrammed GPS waypoints, it can fly to up to four remote locations, drop supplies at each within a 10-meter circle and return to base, Spoor said. There is a specially-designed integrated cargo hook - the heart and soul of the K-MAX system - set up on a trolley system that allows the hook and cargo slide forwards and backwards along the fuselage underside.
In 1964, he joined Lockheed-California Company in Burbank where he served as Advanced Design Division Engineer, responsible for aerodynamics, dynamics, structures, and weights development analyses for the AH-56 Compound Helicopter.
Children's is the second pediatric hospital with which Helinet has established a relationship to provide helicopter services to children who need urgent specialty care. The use of these intermeshing rotors means that the K-MAX does not require a conventional tail rotor to counter inherent torque effect found on helicopters making use of a single spinning rotor or propeller.
The Kaman K-MAX is a general purpose, multi-role, all-weather platform certified for long endurance, repeated external medium-lift missions.