de Havilland Beaver
K2 Aviation owns three de Havilland Beavers. These planes are high-winged aircraft with non-retractable hydraulic wheel-skis. Our Beavers can land anywhere from the Talkeetna tarmac, to mountain glaciers, to remote bush strips. In addition to spectacular takeoff and landing capabilities, the Beaver boasts such features as doors 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 these models are so reliable that they are still actively used by the United States military.
- Glacier landings
- Adventure/expedition drop-off and support
- Mountain climber/expedition drop-off and support
Our Beavers’ engines are Pratt & Whitney R985s, nine-cylinder supercharged engines rated at 450 horsepower. A large, round engine, the R985 is an old engine design dating back to the planes of World War II. These engines are exeptionally robust and reliable.
- Maximum Seating: 7 passengers
- Maximum Payload: 1268 pounds
- Maximum Range: 540 miles
- Cruise Speed: 95 knots (109 miles per hour)