Walk up to a Series II Kodiak and you’ll be hard-pressed to notice differences between it and the original model unless you have logged hundreds of hours in the type. It still appears to be the result of aviation Darwinism, an ursine-like utility aircraft whose progenitors survived, if not thrived, in the rugged outback of its namesake Alaskan archipelago. Its robust aluminum fuselage is designed to be repaired in the field, prolonging its life in the wilderness. The 54 ...

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