Thanks to its stretched fuselage, the Kodiak 900 offers a total cabin volume increase of 20 percent to 309 cubic feet. Plus, the aircraft features an all-new interior with the Summit+ passenger seats that are multi-directional and come with quick-release handles that allow them to easily slide in the seat-tracks or be removed entirely by one person without the need for specialized equipment. The interior can be arranged in multiple configurations – from a double club layout to an all-forward-facing arrangement. To increase the space, the Summit+ seats can be removed entirely. Individual amenity panels that include USB-a and USB-c ports, LEMO airplane-powered headset jacks, cupholders and phone holders are at every seat. Cargo carrying capability and three entry/exit doors enable the entire cabin to be used for cargo, if needed.
The aircraft’s standard interior comes in a new color pallet. The seats are black, while durable and weather-resistant black carpeting is installed throughout. The sidewalls, headliner and rear bulkhead use the popular composite material from the Kodiak 100. Industry-leading sound damping has been incorporated to the Kodiak 900’s unpressurized interior.
The Kodiak 900’s airframe features a fifth set of passenger windows. The external pilot entry step was replaced with a foldable ladder. The use of wheel fairings is another of the Kodiak 900’s noticeable visual differences. They can withstand off-pavement landings, and the main gear wheel fairing can be used as a step for pre-flight operations or single-point refueling. Access doors make the tires’ valve stem easily accessible.
The Kodiak 900’s rear main cargo door was redesigned. The integration of additional steps create an easier entry and exit point for passengers, while also facilitating the loading of payloads. There is an added handhold to assist with the added height of the plane on entry/exit. The door features the Kodiak’s unique clamshell design with fold-flat capability.
The Kodiak 900 is powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada’s 900-shaft horsepower PT6A-140A turboprop engine. Its all-aluminum gearbox housings have better corrosion resistance, and the engine delivers the best “hot and high” performance in its class. The PT6A-140A is part of Pratt & Whitney Canada’s next-generation PT6A-140 series, which already has logged more than two million hours of flight. A new constant speed, full-feathering and hydraulically-actuated five-blade composite propeller from Hartzell is utilized on the airplane. Its design and low 1,900 rpm setting contribute to the low noise level of 79.5 dB, allowing the aircraft to operate in the most strictly regulated noise-sensitive areas.
The Kodiak 900 was certified by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration on July 20, and deliveries will begin in 2023. Production of the aircarft, along with the Kodiak 100 in its latest Series III version, is performed at the Sandpoint, Idaho facility of Daher’s Aircraft Division.
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