Aircraft Feature Newly Available Options
July 26, 2010, Oshkosh, WI...Quest Aircraft Company, manufacturer of the new-generation utility aircraft, continues to enhance the KODIAK with additional options and operational improvements. Two new KODIAKs are here on display (Booth #263-264).
“We are pleased to be back here at AirVenture this year, especially with more completed milestones and new announcements,” said Paul Schaller, Quest Aircraft’s President and CEO. “Quest introduced the KODIAK to EAA in 2005, received type certification and began customer deliveries in 2007, received production certification in 2009 and continues to add increased functionality to a proven, certified platform.”
EAA visitors to Quest’s booth will see several of the latest enhancements, including a KODIAK with an External Cargo Compartment and a Timberline interior outfitted to accommodate air conditioning. A major milestone was accomplished earlier this year with the increase in the KODIAK’s maximum takeoff weight to 7,255 lbs. Additionally, the first KODIAK on floats was delivered to the customer last month, following Wipaire, Inc.’s receipt of the Supplemental Type Certification (STC) of their Wipline 7000 Amphibious Float.
“We have multiple customers for the KODIAK that have been waiting for floats,” Schaller added. “The certification of the Wipaire float was the completion a significant milestone for us, which along with the gross weight increase demonstrates the capabilities many of our customers are most interested in.”
The KODIAK’s rugged aluminum construction combines superior STOL performance and high useful load. It offers proven turbine reliability with the Pratt & Whitney PT6 turbine engine, is capable of working off floats without structural upgrades and has the ability to land on unimproved surfaces. The KODIAK can take off in under 1,000 feet at full gross takeoff weight of 7,255 lbs and climb at over 1,300 feet per minute. A 3-panel Garmin G1000 integrated avionics suite is standard equipment on the KODIAK. Quest also offers Synthetic Vision Technology for the G1000.
Quest Aircraft Company, LLC is the manufacturer of the KODIAK, a 10-place single engine turboprop utility airplane, designed for STOL use and float capability. Headquartered in Sandpoint, Idaho, Quest was established in 2001 and currently employs 215 skilled personnel.
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