K2 Aviation

Our Fleet

Name Description Uses Powerplant Capacities
 
Cessna 185

Fleet

K2 Aviation has two Cessna 185s, a high-winged tailwheel aircraft with hydraulic wheel-skis mounted on non-retractable landing gear.  The hydraulic wheel-skis allow us to take off from a tarmac runway and land on snow on the same flight.  Our two aircraft were built in 1975 and 1977.  In addition to flying from Talkeetna through the summer, our 185s also participate in the annual Iditarod Air Force flying supplies, volunteers, and dogs along the route of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race from Anchorage to Nome. Flightseeing; glacier landings; mountain climber and expedition drop off and support; rafting, adventure and expedition drop off and support; charters. Continental IO520, a six-cylinder injected opposed 520 cubic inch engine rated at 300 horsepower.  It is a "flat engine" with horizontally mounted cylinders firing towards each other, creating a more aerodynamic design. Maximum Seating: 4 passengers
Maximum Payload: 1005 pounds
Maximum Range: 720 miles
Cruise Speed: 120 knots (138 miles per hour)

de Havilland Beaver

Fleet
K2 Aviation flies three de Havilland Beavers, the first purpose-built bush plane for flying to remote and rough areas of the world.  A high-winged aircraft with hydraulic wheel-skis mounted on non-retractable landing gear, our Beavers can land anywhere from the Talkeetna tarmac to mountain glaciers to remote bush strips.  In addition to spectacular STOL (short takeoff and landing) capabilities, the Beaver was designed for bush use with such features as doors that are large enough to fit a 45-gallon drum and an oil reservoir filler inside the cockpit to allow the pilot to add oil in flight.  Our Beavers were built in 1957 and 1958 but despite their age Beavers are so reliable that they are still actively used by the United States military. Flightseeing; glacier landings; mountain climber and expedition drop off and support; rafting, adventure and expedition drop off and support; charters. Pratt & Whitney R985, a nine-cylinder supercharged radial 985 cubic inch engine rated at 450 horsepower.  A large, round engine, the R985 is an old engine design dating back to the planes of World War II. It is exeptionally robust and reliable. Maximum Seating: 7 passengers
Maximum Payload: 1268 pounds
Maximum Range: 540 miles
Cruise Speed: 95 knots (109 miles per hour)

de Havilland Turbine Otter

Fleet

K2 Aviation flies four de Havilland Otters, considered by many to be the quintessential "bush plane."  The Otter was based on the design of the Beaver but built on a larger scale, meaning it also has spectacular STOL (short takeoff and landing) capabilities and is designed for bush use.  The Otters are easily converted from passenger to cargo use, making them especially useful for diverse operations; we convert ours to combi flights (half passengers and half cargo) for flying mountain climbers with all their gear into the Alaska Range.  During the winter, when the Otters aren't flying in Talkeetna, they are working in Alaska's North Slope, where in the heart of winter the sun won't rise for 56 days and the temperature can get down to -60o Fahrenheit! Flightseeing; glacier landings; mountain climber and expedition drop off and support; rafting, adventure and expedition drop off and support; charters. Our Otters have undergone turboprop conversions and now fly the Pratt & Whitney PT6 rated at 750 horsepower.  The PT6 is one of the most popular turboprop aircraft engines in the world, and is known for its extremely high reliability. Maximum Seating: 10 passengers
Maximum Payload: 2373 pounds
Maximum Range: 575 miles
Cruising Speed: 110 knots (127 miles per hour)

Piper Cherokee Six

Fleet

K2 Aviation flies one Piper Cherokee Six, a larger variant of the Piper Cherokee.  A low-wing aircraft with non-retractable landing gear, the Cherokee lands on wheels alone which makes it great for non-glacier landing flights.  The Cherokee is our fastest single engine aircraft; it is the perfect flightseeing aircraft, and K2 Aviation's owner Suzanne Rust says the Cherokee is her favorite aircraft! Flightseeing; charters. Lycoming IO540, a six-cylinder injected opposed 540 cubic inch engine rated at 300 horsepower.  It is a "flat engine" with horizontally mounted cylinders firing towards each other, creating a more aerodynamic design. Maximum Seating: 5 passengers
Maximum Payload: 941 pounds
Maximum Range: 900 miles
Cruising Speed: 140 knots (161 miles per hour)

Piper Navajo Chieftain

Fleet

K2 Aviation flies one Piper Navajo Chieftain, a larger variant of the Piper Navajo, and our only twin-engine aircraft.  Our newest aircraft, built in 1980, the Navajo is a luxurious aircraft with a center aisle, creating an interior that's reminiscent of large jets.  The Navajo is our only aircraft that's equipped with oxygen, making it our highest altitude aircraft.  It is our only aircraft with deicing equipment and also our only aircraft with retractable landing gear, which combine to form a sleek looking aircraft flying through the sky. Flightseeing; summit tours; charters. Twin Lycoming TIO540s, turbocharged and intercooled six-cylinder injected opposed 540 cubic inch engines rated at 350 horsepower each, creating a total of 700 horsepower.  They are "flat engines" with horizontally mounted cylinders towards each other, creating a more aerodynamic design.  The engines are counter-rotating, so despite being the same engine design the left and right propellers spin in opposite directions from each other. Maximum Seating: 9 passengers
Maximum Payload: 1598 pounds
Maximum Range: 950 miles
Cruising Speed: 170 knots (196 miles per hour)