Backcountry airfields are valuable resources for everything from outdoor adventures to serving agencies and organisations that protect the environment, and Daher is continuing its support for such remote sites with deliveries of critical care defibrillators across the state of Idaho, using company-built Kodiak 100 aircraft.
In coordination with the Backcountry Aviation Defibrillator Project, Daher provided two Kodiak 100s, along with pilots, fuel and logistics assistance, to deploy the automated external defibrillators at four airstrips, with the Cavanaugh Bay unit being sponsored by Daher.
Using the Kodiak’s short take off and landing capabilities, the flights were performed to: Cavanaugh Bay in northern Idaho, not far from Daher’s Kodiak production site at Sandpoint; Big Creek and Johnson Creek in the state’s central portion; and to Smiley Creek in south-central Idaho.
“At Daher, our philosophy is ‘we support those who care for aviation,’ and the Backcountry Aviation Defibrillator Project flights are a continuation of this commitment,” explains senior vice president of Daher’s aircraft division and CEO of Kodiak Aircraft Nicolas Chabbert, who piloted one of the defibrillator delivery missions.
Chabbert says the flights are the perfect complement to Daher’s ongoing support of the Recreational Aviation Foundation, for which it recently utilised a Kodiak to airlift US Forest Service personnel and equipment into two isolated grass strips in the mountains of southeastern Idaho.