Kaman Composites-Wichita Receives Robert L. Pinckney Award

August 10, 2016

WICHITA, Kansas (August 10, 2016) Kaman Composites-Wichita Inc. (KCW), a division of Kaman Aerosystems (Kaman), recently announced that Kaman, as part of the V-280 Wing Development Team, was a recipient of the Robert L. Pinckney Award presented on May 18, 2016, at the AHS International’s 72nd Annual Forum & Technology Display in West Palm Beach, Florida.  Kaman is honored to be a part of the V-280 Wing Development Team, which also includes Bell Helicopter, KUKA Systems, Leading Edge Aerospace & Aviation, and the U.S. Army’s Aviation & Missile Research, Development & Engineering Center (AMRDEC).  Mick Mauer presented the Robert L. Pinckney award to the V-280 Wing Development Team which includes Keith Stanney, Bell Helicopter, Stan Unruh, Leading Edge Aerospace, Jim Simister, Kaman Composites-Wichita, Robert Soulliere, KUKA Systems, and Dr. Robert Benton, AMRDEC.

With next generation composite materials and fabrication processes, and a creative product design, accomplishments thus far on the V-280 wing design, have resulted in more than a 50% non-recurring savings and 57% recurring savings over legacy tilt rotor wings. 

The Robert L. Pinckney Award is presented for a notable achievement in manufacturing research and development for vertical flight aircraft or components. The Award was created by Boeing in 1995 to honor the memory of Robert L. Pinckney, a renowned manufacturing engineer, and is presented annually during the AHS International Awards.  Mike Hirschberg, AHS Executive Director, said “The AHS International Awards Program recognizes the most significant accomplishments around the world, whether by engineers and scientists developing new technologies, innovative companies, or pilots using vertical flight aircraft to save lives or demonstrate new capabilities. Those being recognized this year are truly remarkable.”

About Kaman

Kaman Aerosystems is a division of the aerospace segment of Kaman Corporation (NYSE:KAMN), which was founded in 1945 by aviation pioneer Charles H. Kaman. Headquartered in Bloomfield, Connecticut, Kaman Corporation conducts business in the aerospace and distribution markets.  The company produces and/or markets widely used proprietary aircraft bearings and components; complex metallic and composite aerostructures for commercial, military and general aviation fixed and rotary wing aircraft; aerostructure engineering design analysis and FAA certification services; safe and arm solutions for missile and bomb systems for the U.S. and allied militaries; subcontract helicopter work; production of the K-MAX medium-to-heavy lift helicopter and support for the company's SH-2G Super Seasprite maritime aircraft.  More information is available at www.kaman.com.



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