KODIAK Achieves China Certification
Customer Deliveries Imminent
July 29, 2013, Oshkosh, WI….Quest Aircraft Company is pleased to announce that it has received full certification for the KODIAK from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).This the 12th country in which the KODIAK is now certified.
“China, along with the rest of Asia, represents a huge market for the aviation industry, and we see great potential there for the KODIAK,” said Sam Hill, President and CEO. “We have already sold 12 KODIAKs to Blue Eagle Aviation and we will start delivering the first of these aircraft very soon.”
Blue Eagle Aviation Investment Corp. of Beijing, which was announced as a dealer for the KODIAK at last year’s AirVenture, signed a purchase agreement with Quest late last year for 12 aircraft, including options for additional KODIAKs.
“Receiving Chinese certification is a very big milestone for Quest,” added Steve Zinda, Vice President, Sales, Marketing and Customer Service. “We have received a great deal of interest from potential customers in the region and this certification will help us move the discussions forward.
“The KODIAK’s multi-mission capability and efficiency make the aircraft very well-suited to this area,” continued Zinda. “We’re excited that a KODIAK will be in operation in China soon as it will raise awareness of the product and enhance our sales efforts.”
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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