Our tour of Florida began in Tallahassee, home to Flightline Group, our dealer in the Southeast. Our stops on the first day included Leesburg, on the shores of Lake Harris, and Vero Beach, with beautiful overflights of the Ocklawaha River system.
The Kodiak 10-seat STOL is the perfect vehicle for touring and appreciating the varied environments in Florida — from grassy strips to the runway at Cape Canaveral.
Day two took us to Titusville, home to the Shuttle Landing Facility and the Kennedy Space Center, where we were granted low pass permission. From there we circled the St. Marks Lighthouse, just south of Tallahassee. St. Marks is one of the oldest lighthouses in Florida and stands sentinel over Apalachee Bay.
Versatile and Flexible
Our last excursion day took eight of us to a grass strip at Ayavallah Plantation on the shores of Lake Jackson. That’s a 45 minute drive from Tallahassee that took only 8 minutes in the Kodiak. From there we flew out to Dog Island, one of the offshore islands. The island’s unimproved strip is only accessible to durable STOL aircraft like the Kodiak. There was still debris from the recent hurricane, but no problem for our tall, tough landing gear.
With its large windows and ten passenger capacity, the Kodiak 100 is the perfect aircraft for a beautiful excursion of Florida.