Display Showcases Company’s Progress on Options and Enhancements
July 28, 2014, Oshkosh, WI…Quest Aircraft Company is pleased to have two KODIAKs on display at this year’s EAA AirVenture (Booth #263-264), demonstrating the variety of options available and the versatility the aircraft offers. Three interior levels are now available, ranging from the base, workhorse Tundra interior to the newly-certified Summit Executive interior; both of which are here on display. Quest is also proud to have been acknowledged for its ten year partnership with EAA in a special award ceremony held on July 27. The KODIAK made its worldwide debut at the 2005 AirVenture.
“Quest is very excited to be at EAA again this year, and especially with our new Summit Executive interior,” said Sam Hill, Quest President and CEO. “We have come a long way in the last ten years. We continue to work on new options and enhancements for the KODIAK, and have had several noteworthy milestones so far this year.”
In addition to the certification of the Summit interior, Quest has completed much of the certification work on the Integration of the Garmin GFC 700 autopilot for the KODIAK, with FAA approval expected later this summer. 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.
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 third quarter of this year. An Aerocet-equipped KODIAK, located in the Aerocet booth, is on display at AirVenture this year as well.
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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