The aircraft manufacturer and OEM supplier DAHER has bought at the end of 2019 a small American aircraft manufacturer, QUEST AIRCRAFT, which produces the KODIAK.
KODIAK aircraft is a small single engine turboprop designed to be rustic, safe and modern at once.
Developed in the early 2000s (unlike many turbopros whose design dates back several decades), it has the advantage of being able to carry up to 10 passengers and to be STOL, that is to say to be able land and take off over very short distances (STOL = Short take-off and landing). It can even land on unprepared landing fields.
It can be used in cargo mode or passenger mode. It can be operated as seaplane.
It is not pressurized, but it can be air-conditioned (which must make it considerably heavier with this option).
It benefits from a reliable engine with a PT6A-34 engine from Pratt & Whitney (Canada) and for which there are maintenance centers all over the world (There are more than 50 thousand PT6 in service in the world.)
Three hundred units of the KODIAK are presently in service, mainly in the United States (just like the TBM). It is produced a few hours away from Seattle, which doubtless allows DAHER KODIAK to benefit from the local Boeing ecosystem (subcontractors, services, employment, etc.).
No doubt that with the takeover by Daher, the KODIAK will go upmarket, in terms of reliability as well as options or services. Prices are likely to follow the same upward slope.
With this acquisition, DAHER is also acquiring an american production and maintenance site. So far, TBMs are made in France, in Tarbes (Hautes Pyrénées). This also could change within the coming years.