KODIAK Now Certified in New Zealand
April 5, 2016, Lakeland, FL….Quest Aircraft Company is pleased to announce that it has received type certification for the KODIAK® from the Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand, adding to its accreditations in the Asia Pacific region.
“The KODIAK’s versatility, reliability and performance capabilities make it well-suited for a range of missions,” said Sam Hill, Quest’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “As we continue to enhance our presence in this part of the world, we expect to see continued growth and market penetration.”
Asia and the Pacific Rim are currently the second largest market for the KODIAK. The aircraft is certified in Australia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Papua New Guinea and the Philippines. Last November, Sydney, Australia-based Utility Air was named as the exclusive KODIAK sales representative for Australia, New Zealand and several other countries by Setouchi Trading Asia Pacific, Quest’s authorized dealer for this region. Utility Air’s experience and strong relationships with customers is contributing to the increasing awareness of the KODIAK and its capabilities. Quest also has an authorized KODIAK dealer in China, SkyView Aircraft.
“We continue to strategically expand our presence internationally, which includes working on additional aircraft type certifications in key markets,” Hill added. The KODIAK now has 22 certifications covering 32 countries, with several additional certifications imminent. KODIAKs are in operation around the world in key market segments including personal use, Part 135 operations, government and humanitarian organizations.
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.
Quest Aircraft Company is the manufacturer of the KODIAK, a 10-place single engine turboprop 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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