Airplane with a Mission: Kodiak Planes and Humanitarian Workers

You've probably never flown on a Kodiak, but it's the plane of choice for aid workers in out the way locations.

In 2007, Quest Aircraft in Sandpoint, Idaho, launched a plane made by missionaries for missionaries. This rugged 10-seater single engine plane takes off and lands on less than 700 feet of unstructured airstrip. With its fat wheels, it can land on hillsides and is the first small cargo plane built since the popular de Havilland Beaver or the Cessna 185 from the 1970s. These were the preferred planes of missionaries and aid workers because they could carry loads of equipment, food, bibles, and supplies into remote areas.

The plane, called Kodiak, has, in three short years, become the one humanitarian aircraft. More than seven of the utility turboprops have been delivered to missionary aviation organizations working in New Guinea, Indonesia, Alaska, Borneo and other remote locations around the world.

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