A Unique name…
KAWAK Chinook origin <ka-wa’k> to fly
Kawak Aviation Technologies originally began as Ag-Air Systems in 1991, with the idea that current technology and advancements needed to be brought to the agricultural aviation industry. The experience Ag-Air had, enabled it to establish itself as a market leading manufacturer of auxiliary hydraulic (fluid power) systems for spray equipment on agricultural aircraft such as, Thrush, Air Tractor and Dromader models.
In 1994, Ag-Air developed turbine-engine conversions for radial-engine powered Thrush and Dromader aircraft models utilizing the TPE331 engine series. We continue to supply parts for these safe and high-performance aircraft modifications.
In 2004 Ag-Air Systems recognized the importance of marketing all of their technical and engineering capabilities beyond the agricultural industry, and was officially recognized as Kawak Aviation Technologies. Inspired by the geography of Central Oregon and the many buttes and the Chinook Indian word “to fly”, the name “Kawak” became official. This same year Kawak introduced its first hydraulic hover pump. To this day the Kawak Hover Refill Pump remains as the highest flowing unit available for medium helicopters.
In 2005 , Kawak was awarded a STC for a firefighting water tank, on the Kaman K-1200 helicopter. Also in 2005, Ag-Air successfully completed an STC application for a system to scoop water in flight called the “Sea Snorkel” for a CH54B helicopter.
In 2007, Kawak developed and manufactured a custom 400hz electric motor driven hydraulic power unit used to open the main cargo door in a Boeing 757-200 aircraft which have been converted to haul cargo.
Today, while still actively involved in the agricultural aviation market, Kawak has expanded into a full-service aviation-engineering and manufacturing company with customers that span from agriculture to unmanned aviation. Kawak continues to develop and integrate several highly specialized aerospace engineering projects for the Military/Defense and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle sectors.