We Fly: Kodiak 100 in Training

Different approaches to learning in Daher’s backcountry turboprop star.

We flew the Daher Kodiak 100 Series III to try out its key features. [FLYING file photo]

A tale of three instructors: I joined Daher's SVP of aviation Nicolas Chabbert and director of training Wayman Luy for an instructor's take on the utility turboprop, the Kodiak 100 Series III. 

Exploring the Kodiak's key elements reveals what it would be like for you to sit in the left seat for this original take on the backcountry star—as part of FLYING's We Fly series.

As instructors, we’ve all held the certificates for a long time, with me obtaining mine 30 years ago this week, in April 1993, Luy in 1994, and Chabbert about 25 years ago. We agreed that even though Chabbert and I no longer delivered instruction on a daily basis, we both still fully enjoyed the rewards of being able to continue teaching when the opportunity presented itself. To let go of our precious CFI cards would be too much to take, no matter the work we must go through to renew inside our jam-packed schedules. 

Want to fly along? 

Based in Maryland, Julie is an editor, aviation educator, and author. She holds an airline transport pilot certificate with Douglas DC-3 and CE510 (Citation Mustang) type ratings. She's a CFI/CFII since 1993, specializing in advanced aircraft and flight instructor development. Follow Julie on Twitter @julieinthesky.

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