Daher today at EAA AirVenture introduced the Kodiak 900 as the latest entry in its stable of turboprop singles. The $3.487 million Kodiak 900, which received FAA certification last week, is a variant of the company’s Kodiak 100 utility turboprop, with a 3.9-foot fuselage stretch, 210-ktas maximum cruise speed, higher useful load, and 1,129-nm maximum range. Deliveries are planned to start in January, according to Daher. The 100 Series III will remain in production.
“Today’s official unveiling of the Kodiak 900 underscores parent company Daher’s firm commitment to the constant improvement of its aircraft product line,” said Daher CEO Didier Kayat. “It follows our launch of the latest TBM family member—the TBM 960—just three months ago.”
Powered by a 900-shp Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-140A engine, the airplane has been in development in secret since 2016, with three test aircraft already built—a static test airframe, flying prototype, and production-conforming airplane. The prototype has been flying since Feb. 28, 2020, and the fleet has accumulated more than 600 hours of flight testing and 800 hours of ground runtime.
An all-new interior includes multi-directional Summit+ passenger seats with quick releases that allow for multiple configurations—from a double club layout to an all-forward-facing arrangement. Seats can also be removed to accommodate more cargo or baggage, the company said. Aerodynamic improvements include flap track fairings, inlet mods, and heavy-duty wheel fairings. Courtesy of AIN.