The Kodiak 900 made its world debut at AirVenture Oshkosh today with Daher’s introduction of this larger, faster version of the robust and rugged Kodiak 100 – filling out the company’s airplane product line in joining the TBM 910 and TBM 960 very fast turboprop aircraft.
Inheriting the Kodiak 100’s remarkable qualities as a backcountry STOL (short takeoff and landing) and multi-role airplane, the Kodiak 900 marks a further step with its fuselage length extension of 3.9 feet to provide more passenger room and cargo space, a cruise speed increase to 210 KTAS, and a greater useful load while offering a maximum range of 1,129 nm.
In addition to these enhancements, the Kodiak 900’s operating economics have been improved, with a nine percent reduction in specific fuel consumption – which are in double digits when compared to competitors. This lowers the cost-per-seat-mile and the direct operating costs for commercial operators.
“This is another answer to the commitment of enhancing sustainability and improving the carbon footprint of general aviation. The Kodiak 900 is in a category of its own: a highly versatile unpressurized utility turboprop airplane that can carry impressive payloads while cruising comfortably at 210 KTS in refined luxury.” NICOLAS CHABBERT, The Senior Vice President of Daher’’s Aircraft Division
The Kodiak 900 was certified by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration on July 20, and deliveries will begin in 2023. Production of the Kodiak 900, along with the Kodiak 100 in its latest Series III version, is performed at the Sandpoint, Idaho facility of Daher’s Aircraft Division.
“Today’s official unveiling of the Kodiak 900 underscores the Daher parent company’s firm commitment to the constant improvement of its aircraft product line,” added Daher CEO Didier Kayat. “It follows our launch of the latest TBM family member – the TBM 960 – just three months ago.”