Exterior Lighting Upgrade for KODIAK
New Technology Improves Reliability and Efficiency
July 29, 2013, Oshkosh, WI….Quest Aircraft Company is pleased to announce it has redesigned the exterior lighting that is installed on the KODIAK. The enhanced lighting systems are currently being installed on all new KODIAKs coming off the production line, and will be available for retrofit later this year.
“We continue to develop product upgrades and operational improvements to ensure the KODIAK is the best aircraft in its class,” said Sam Hill, President and CEO. “The enhancements to our navigation, landing and taxi lights offer greater reliability while weighing less and using less power. This is another example of how we continually evaluate new technologies and systems as a result of our own engineering work and in response to customer feedback.”
The updates in the KODIAK’s lighting include changing the navigation lights to an all-in-one wingtip LED system that eliminates the need for a tail light and strobe power. This results in a weight decrease of about six pounds along with lower power use and increased reliability. The incandescent taxi lights are being replaced by high-brightness LEDs, ensuring that the pulse function does not reduce reliability, while the landing lights are now a 35W high intensity discharge (HID) with no pulse function as opposed to the old 50W HID with pulse function. The result is much higher reliability, lower power use, and no significant decrease in brightness. The KODIAK’s beacon light has also been replaced with a new smaller LED which offers a lower profile, less weight and lower power usage.
“The KODIAK operates in a wide variety of environments, including harsh climates and backcountry terrains,” added Hill. “The enhanced lighting systems offer operators more reliability and greater efficiency to complete their mission.”
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 Aircraft Company 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, the company was established in 2001 and began deliveries of the KODIAK in December 2007. For more information, please visit www.questaircraft.com.
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