K2 Aviation has two Cessna 185s- 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; they fly supplies, volunteers, and dogs along the route of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race from Anchorage to Nome.
- Glacier landings
- Adventure/expedition drop-off and support
- Mountain climber/expedition drop-off and support
Our Cessna 185 planes have Continental IO520 engines, a six-cylinder injected opposed 520 cubic inch engine rated at 300 horsepower. These are “flat engines” 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)