Australian Flying Magazine, December 2, 2021: The Kodiak was introduced in 2007 as the Quest Kodiak based in Sandport Idaho, a new-generation utility aircraft designed for operations into remote and mountainous territory. It has proven suitable for humanitarian and missionary work right around the world. Daher, manufacturer of the TBM series of SETPs, acquired Quest and the Kodiak production line in 2019.
“This milestone delivery comes as the Kodiak program is on the rise following its acquisition by Daher in 2019,” said Kodiak Sales and Marketing Director, and Chief Demo Pilot.Mark Brown.
“Having been with Kodiak for eight years, the improvements made since 2019 in terms of manufacturing enhancements, production efficiencies and the product support integration is remarkable. These are exciting times, and I’m really proud to be part of the team at Daher’s Aircraft Division.”
Nicolas Chabbert, Senior Vice President of Daher’s Aircraft Division, and CEO of Kodiak Aircraft, took the occasion of the 300th delivery to reconfirmed the company’s commitment to evolving and supporting the aircraft
“Every day around the world, Kodiak aircraft meet the mission: from delivering crucial aid in conflict zones to providing comfortable airlift for business and personal travel,” Chabbert said.
Powered by the ubiquitous Pratt & Whitney PT6A turbine, the Kodiak has been deployed in a number of different operations from corporate transport to cargo, parachuting, civil defence, law enforcement and special mission. The global fleet has logged a combined total of more than 278,700 flight hours.
There are three Kodiak’s on the Australian Civil Register.