de Havilland Turbine Otter
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 -6oo 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)