New Options and Upgrades Available for the KODIAK
July 25, 2011, Oshkosh, WI...Quest Aircraft Company, manufacturer of the KODIAK utility turboprop aircraft, continues to offer new options and enhancements for customers. The two KODIAKs on display here at EAA AirVenture (Booth #263-264) feature the recently-certified air conditioning system and a new executive interior.
"We continue to move forward on key upgrades and options based on customer feedback and our strategic growth plans," said Steve Zinda, Director, Sales and Marketing. "We are very pleased to be back at AirVenture with aircraft that showcase some of our product enhancements for the KODIAK."
EAA visitors to Quest's booth will see new additions to the KODIAK's options list. One aircraft will feature a demo interior that includes samples of both the Tundra and the Timberline seats along with cargo flooring. Also on display is a corporate-configured KODIAK that includes air conditioning, the Garmin GWX-68 weather radar, and features the new executive interior. This interior, designed by Wipaire, Inc., is a prototype of what soon will be available via a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC). Any KODIAK already delivered as well as those currently in production can have the interior installed by Wipaire, who is also an authorized KODIAK service center. A factory-installed Summit executive interior is in the initial development phases.
"Quest has made significant investment in both the product and in a corporate strategy focused on global growth and expansion," Zinda continued. "We have begun to ramp up production of the KODIAK and continue to look at ways to better serve the market and our customers through product enhancements."
Earlier this year, the company announced certification of the External Cargo Compartment and Air Conditioning system. Several upgrades and options for the Garmin G1000 avionics suite are being evaluated. Last year, the first KODIAK on floats was delivered to the customer, following Wipaire, Inc.'s receipt of the STC for their Wipline 7000 Amphibious Float. There are 12 float-equipped KODIAKs in the delivered fleet.
Quest has seen strong market acceptance in key market segments, including personal use, Part 135 operations, government, and humanitarian organizations. The versatile 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, LLC 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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