Quest Moving Forward with Product Enhancements
Steady Progress Continues on Several Initiatives
April 1, 2014, Lakeland, FL….Quest Aircraft Company continues to work on new options and enhancements for the KODIAK. Significant progress is also continuing at Quest’s vendor partners such as Aerocet Floats.
Aerocet is entering the final stage towards certification of their carbon fiber composite floats for the KODIAK. Operational flight testing of the prototype platform has proven to be exceptionally stable, lightweight and of outstanding performance according to both R&D and Market Survey pilots. Aerocet says FAA certification is expected in the second or third quarter of this year.
Earlier this year, Quest received FAA approval to Increase the landing weight of the KODIAK to 7,225 lbs. Other recent enhancements include redesigned exterior lighting, fuel flow transducer upgrade, and an extension in the airframe fatigue life to 10,000 hours. The Summit Executive interior, which is on display at Sun ‘n’ Fun is nearing completion of the final testing and FAA certification is expected later this quarter.
Quest saw strong sales in 2013, with KODIAK deliveries almost double those of 2012. The momentum is continuing in 2014 with sales to customers in a variety of markets such as Latin America and China. Five KODIAKs were delivered in the last few months to countries in Latin America, with additional deliveries expected later this year.
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 16 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. KODIAKs are in service with charter operators, small businesses, personal owners, U.S. and international governments, and humanitarian organizations. For more information, please visit www.questaircraft.com.
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