Better by design. Proven through performance.
Designed and tested to perform repetitive external lifting, K-MAX® is proven in the harshest conditions. This medium-lift helicopter is well suited for lifting operations in austere environments, including helicopter logging, power line construction, ski-lift installations, and logistical support for remote construction sites. With K-MAX®'s quiet rotor system and resulting low downwash, it plays a critical role in emergency response missions ranging from firefighting and disaster relief to search and rescue or mobilization and logistics.
Certified in 1994, K-MAX® helicopters now operate in many countries around the world, growing in popularity due to their impressive vertical lift capabilities in high-hot conditions. Designed to perform repetitive external lifting, the American-made K-MAX® performs that mission better than any other helicopter in the world. The single-engine, single-seat K-MAX® is a rugged workhorse, and no helicopter works harder or more efficiently.
The simplicity of design of the K-MAX® presents a machine that is inherently safer and more reliable. A single engine, a single transmission, a servo-flap controlled, counter-rotating rotor with no high-pressure hydraulic system, and no tail rotor all present a simple, straightforward design with fewer essential systems. The highlight of this simple design is the counter-rotating rotor system, where all the torque is reacted within the transmission. Unlike tail rotor machines that constantly stress the airframe between the rotor and tail rotor, the K-MAX® contains all that, and more power, in the transmission.
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