Progress Toward Final Certification Well Underway
July 28, 2014, Oshkosh, WI….Quest Aircraft Company is pleased to announce the integration of the Garmin GFC 700 Automatic Fight Control System (AFCS) in the KODIAK. The GFC 700 is an attitude-based autopilot which integrates completely with the G1000 avionics systems and provides excellent stability and control of the aircraft. All certification testing has been completed and FAA approval is expected later this summer. Deliveries of the KODIAK with the Garmin GFC 700 are slated for October.
The GFC 700 provides flight director, autopilot, yaw damper, automatic and manual electric trim capabilities and brings a high level of digital sophistication to general aviation flight control. The system provides additional coupling to vertical navigation and airspeed hold. To complement the robust airframe, Quest has enhanced many of the safety and performance features that will be part of the GFC 700-equipped KODIAK.
“The GFC 700 is well-suited to the variety of missions our customers fly,” said Sam Hill, Quest President and CEO. “Designed from inception to fly on turbine aircraft, the GFC 700 incorporates the safety and performance features found in this class of aircraft and complements the G1000 avionics system that is standard equipment on the KODIAK.” The KODIAK was the first turboprop installation of the G1000 avionics suite.
Some of the standard features of the new autopilot include Electronic Stability Protection (ESP), which assists the pilot in maintaining the airplane in a safe flight condition. Through the use of the GFC 700’s sensors, processors and servos, ESP provides control force feedback, i.e. a “soft barrier,” to maintain the aircraft within the pitch, roll and airspeed flight envelope by automatically engaging one or more servos when the aircraft nears unusual attitudes.
Also included in the GFC 700 AFCS on the KODIAK is underspeed protection, which prevents the airplane from decelerating below established minimum airspeeds and allows for coupled go-arounds. With a takeoff and go-around button conveniently located on the side of the power lever, the pilot merely presses the TO/GA button and pushes the power lever forward during a missed approach. This greatly reduces workload during a critical phase of flight.
“We continue to enhance the KODIAK to provide our customers with the highest levels of performance, capability and mission reliability,” added Steve Zinda, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Quest. “Our customers have been extremely happy with the G1000 and the integration of the GFC 700 autopilot is another feature that sets the KODIAK apart.”
As part of the systems enhancements, Quest is also introducing a large Level button or “LVL” to provide the pilot with a simple way to place the AFCS into wings level and altitude-hold mode with a single press of a button. This is ideal for situations when the pilot may have disorientation or needs time to sort things out in the cockpit.
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, has the ability to land and take off from unimproved surfaces and is capable of working off floats without structural upgrades. 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 including Synthetic Vision Technology is standard equipment on the KODIAK.
Quest has seen strong market acceptance in key market segments around the world, including personal use, Part 135 operations, government, and humanitarian organizations. The KODIAK is certified in 17 countries, with several additional certifications imminent.
Quest Aircraft Company, headquartered in Sandpoint, Idaho, is the manufacturer of the KODIAK, a 10-place single engine turboprop airplane, designed for STOL use and float capability. Since beginning customer deliveries in late 2007, the KODIAK has been deployed around the world in a variety of applications. For more information, please visit www.questaircraft.com.
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