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Daher Gets EASA Validation for Kodiak 900

Daher Gets EASA Validation for Kodiak 900

Daher, the French aircraft manufacturer, has received European validation for its Kodiak 900 – the larger and faster version of the Kodiak 100 turboprop aircraft.

Approval from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) follows certification in the United States by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in 2022.

The first European delivery of the Kodiak 900 is expected in Q3 2023, with Daher having received “numerous inquiries” about the new variant, particularly from operators in Austria and Germany.

“With its higher cruise speed, excellent operating efficiency, enhanced climb performance and larger cabin, our Kodiak 900 meets the requirements of many customers who seek a faster aircraft and increased cargo capacity”, said Nicholas Chabbert, Senior VP, Daher.

Chabbert added that the majority of interest received in Europe has been for air ambulance, firefighting support, skydiving, and surveillance missions.

The Kodak 900 has a 3.9 ft longer fuselage and a cruise speed of 240 mph – 31 mph faster than the Kodiak 100 variant. Alongside better performance metrics, the Kodiak 900 is also 5% more fuel efficient than the Kodiak 100, and features individual amenity panels that include USB-A and USB-C ports, cupholders, and mobile phone holders at every seat.

Last week, Daher also publicly debuted its TBM 960 turboprop aircraft in Europe at the Aero Friedrichshafen – Europe’s largest general aviation exhibition.

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