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 .
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 . 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.
Design authority: Kaman Aircraft Corporation
Primary manufacturer: Kaman Aircraft Corporation
Parent type: Kaman K-1200 (K-MAX)
Aircraft status: Operational
VTOL type: Helicopter
Lift devices: 2 in Synchropter configuration
Crew required: 1 in Single seater arrangement
Landing gear: Wheels (non-retractable)