Terry Fogarty standing in front of K-MAX helicopter

Terry Fogarty: Building a Career in Aerospace

Oct 29, 2019

Terry Fogarty, Senior Director of Business Development for Kaman Air Vehicles, has a long history in both military and commercial helicopters. He started his career with a four-year tour in the U.S. Navy, where he worked on HH-2D, SH-2D, and SH02F helicopters. In May 1980, he was honorably discharged from the military, and joined Kaman three months later.

In his first role at Kaman, Terry was an Airframe Field Service Representative. In this role, he immediately moved from Bloomfield, Connecticut to Cubi Point, Republic of the Phillipines to work in the Kaman office located at the Naval Air Station. As an Airframe Representative, he trained mechanics and pilots on SH-2F systems and provided troubleshooting expertise at Naval bases in Cubi Point and Atsugi, Japan, as well as aboard ships in the Pacific and Indian Oceans.

He returned to the U.S. in 1982, and for the next 11 years, Terry worked as a Senior Field Service Representative in Mayport, Florida and NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. During that time, he started and completed his Bachelor of Science degree from Embry-Riddle Professional Aeronautics and received his FAA Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic license.

In 1991, he was promoted to the position of Integrated Logistics Support Program Manager and transferred to Bloomfield, Connecticut to establish customer service operations for the K-MAX® helicopter. It was then that he established and supervised logistical elements required to support the K-MAX aerial truck, including spare parts, technical publications, pilot and mechanic training, field service representatives, ground support equipment, and overall support plans for the helicopter. During that period, he also served as General Manager of the Kaman Repair Station.

In August 2001, Terry moved into the role of Director of Logistics Operations, responsible for K-MAX and H-2 helicopter aftermarket activities. Concurrently, he earned his MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Nine years later, he became General Manager of Unmanned Air Vehicle Programs and worked with the joint Kaman and Lockheed Martin team to develop and deploy the Unmanned K-MAX helicopter to Afghanistan with the U.S. Marines. Under Terry's leadership, the Unmanned K-MAX helicopter received the following accolades:

Following the achievements recognized by the Unmanned K-MAX program, Terry supported the development of the business case for reopening the commercial K-MAX production line. Kaman announced in June 2015 that the commercial K-MAX production line would reopen.

As for the future of Kaman's K-MAX helicopter program, Terry is optimistic and excited about how much room there is to grow. "I continue to have a very rewarding career at Kaman, and the company's culture has been very good to me and my family," he said.


Malissa Nesmith

Senior Director of Business Development

Malissa Nesmith has over 25 years of aviation experience, including aftermarket support, MRO and aerospace manufacturing.  She is active with Kaman customer visits, trade shows, marketing and communications.  She has also been a member of numerous trade organizations, including NBAA, AEA, ASA, and has sate on the boards of The Wichita Aero Club, ADMA, and GAMA.