Kodiak delivered its first 100 aircraft in 2008 and recently introduced the upgraded series 3 model. While the 100 was originally built for backcountry bush flying, the new 900 takes those rugged STOL principles and adds a dose of luxury to the 100's versatile mix. The single-engine turboprop gets a more powerful 900 horsepower Pratt & Whitney PT6A-140 turbine, with a cruise speed of 210 knots and a maximum cruise range of 1,129 nautical miles. The 900 is stretched 37 inches versus the 100 for a roomier cabin that can seat up to 10 people and all their gear, thanks to the 900's great useful load. HVAC systems have received an upgrade, along with Garmin G1000 NXi avionics and a GFC 700 autopilot. With better comfort, more range, and the same short-field capability of the original, the Kodiak 900 should easily find a niche in the general aviation market.