Kaman Aerospace's K-MAX ‘aerial-truck' helicopter has achieved highly competitive Director Operating Costs (DOCs) of $475 per flight hour after 15,000 total fleet operating hours, reports the manufacturers.

The cost contrasts dramatically with the DOCs of larger aircraft with similar payloads at high density altitudes.

With 13 aircraft serving commercial operators and two at sea with the US Navy, K-MAX utilisation is averaging more than 110 flight hours a month per helicopter, performance which K-MAX marketing manager Landy Douglass says is the heart and soul of the K-MAX.



Source: Flight Daily News