Daher’s chief demonstration pilot and director of sales and marketing, Mark Brown, told Insider that the aircraft is based on the company’s Kodiak 100 bush plane.
The Kodiak 100 was actually first produced by Quest Aircraft Company in 2007, but the aircraft manufacturer was acquired by Daher in 2019.
The Kodiak 100 is a true “hardcore” bush plane designed to land on any surface, including mud, sand, gravel and water, and can tackle tough missions that require flying in extremely remote locations with little or no infrastructure.
Over the years, Brown said a market need has opened up for an aircraft with the same all-terrain capabilities as the Kodiak 100, but with less emphasis on its bush characteristics.
“The Kodiak took the course of a Jeep or a Range Rover that started its history maybe with military service or being off-road focused, and then wealthy people started seeing those cars as really cool and liked the concept of being able to drive anywhere,” Brown said.
Despite the fewer bush features, the Kodiak 900 still offers owners improved speed, cargo space, comfort, safety and technology over the Kodiak 100 and other rugged aircraft, like the De Havilland Beavers and 70-year-old Otters who frequent Alaska. skies.
Specifically, the plane, which is powered by a Pratt & Whitney PT6A-140A engine, can sail 210 nautical miles, carry 3,700 pounds of cargo and seat nine people, including a pilot and eight passengers.
Brown also explained that the “overbuilt” aircraft is strong with reduced maintenance costs. Combining this with reduced fuel consumption means there are more profit opportunities for operators.
Meanwhile, the Kodiak 900 has an external cargo compartment in the belly of the aircraft. A rear hatch folds down so operators can easily load long items, such as lumber, fishing rods, skis and snowboards, adding to the aircraft’s versatility.