Daher introduced the Kodiak 900, the largest and fastest version of its family of light utility aircraft, during the Oshkosh AirVenture. This new model, which joins the TBM 910 and TBM 960 family, completes the company’s range of aircraft.
The Kodiak 900 inherits the STOL qualities of the Kodiak 100 but lengthens the fuselage by 3.9 feet (1.2 meters), providing more space for passengers and cargo. Additionally, the model features an increased cruising speed of 210 knots and a higher payload, providing a maximum range of 1,129 nautical miles. Fuel consumption has also been reduced by nine percent.
Development of the Kodiak 900 began in 2016. To date, three test aircraft have been built: a static aircraft for structural testing, a prototype for flight testing, and the first production aircraft for FAA certification. The maiden flight of the Kodiak 900 took place on February 28, 2020.
Nicolas Chabbert, senior vice president of the aircraft division of Daher, announced during the presentation of the model that “this is a new step in our commitment to strengthen the sustainability of general aviation. The Kodiak 900 truly stands alone in its class: a highly versatile unpressurized turboprop utility aircraft that can carry impressive payloads while flying comfortably at 210 KTS. »
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The model received certification from the United States Federal Aviation Administration on July 20, and deliveries will begin in 2023. Production of the Kodiak 900, as well as the Kodiak 100 Series III, takes place at the Sandpoint, Idaho plant. , United States. commitment to constantly improving its range of aeronautical products,” added Didier Kayat, CEO of Daher. “It follows the launch of the latest member of the TBM family – the TBM 960 – just three months ago. »
The Kodiak 900 offers a total cabin volume increase of 20 percent, to 309 cubic feet, and features an all-new interior. According to Daher, it combines the luxury and refinement of the TBM with the robustness of the Kodiak. The interior can be arranged in several configurations. Summit+ seats, also used in the interior of the new Kodiak 100, can be removed for maximum cargo space. Each seat now includes USB-A and USB-C ports, LEMO headphone jacks, cup holders and phone holders.
Additionally, the new seats come with quick releases. These allow them to easily slide into the tracks or be removed without the need for specialist tools or equipment. Each seat reclines and has two armrests and a headrest. The cabin retains the versatility of the Kodiak 100 and the three doors make it possible to use the entire load volume.
As for the interior of the aircraft, it can be configured with a new color scheme. The seats are black and the cabin uses black weatherproof carpeting, while the side walls, headliner and rear bulkhead use the same composite material as the Kodiak 100. Sound insulation, meanwhile, creates the one of the quietest cabin experiences for an aircraft in its class.
The fuselage was redesigned and aerodynamic improvements were made. Changes include replacing the pilot’s entry step with a drop-down stairway and adding flap and landing gear fairings. A significant optimization of the internal airflow has also been achieved, redesigning the ducts, inlets and air intakes. One of the most obvious differences in the Kodiak 900 airframe is the addition of a fifth set of windows.
The use of wheel fairings is another noticeable visual difference between the Kodiak 900 and its predecessor. These have been certified as “secondary structures” and their construction ensures that they can withstand landings on unpaved runways. The main landing gear fairing can be used as a step for pre-flight operations. Access doors make the tire valve stem easily accessible. This saves having to remove wheel fairings for brake and tire work.
The Kodiak 900 will be powered by the 900 horsepower PT6A-140A turboprop designed by Pratt & Whitney Canada, the gearbox housing is corrosion resistant and the engine offers best-in-class performance. The PT6A-140A is part of Pratt & Whitney Canada’s next-generation PT6A-140 series, which has already logged more than two million flight hours.
Daher’s Kodiak 900 uses a new five-blade, constant-speed, hydraulically driven Hartzell propeller. Its design and low rotational speed of 1,900 rpm contribute to the model’s low noise level (79.5 dB), allowing the aircraft to operate in highly restricted areas. The engine compartment of the Kodiak 900 has been redesigned to retain the features of the 100 version. The air intake system has been optimized to lower starting temperatures, allowing the engine to start several times per hour, a key requirement of customers such as skydiving operators.