year after receiving its type certificate, the Kodiak
turbine-powered bushplane from Quest Aircraft Co. LLC has arrived at
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008 with a cargo of developments to report.
Among the news: The first five Kodiaks have been delivered, the
first customers recently completed the company’s FAA/Industry
Training Standards (FITS) training course, and the production line
is gearing up to build up to 100 aircraft per year.
are working out quite well," said Quest President and CEO Paul
Schaller at the company’s exhibit space in the Main Aircraft
Display area (Booth 161-163).
Kodiak was designed specifically to fit the needs of missionary and
humanitarian aviation organizations operating in remote locations
around the world. It was developed with deposits made by missionary
asked for a plane that would fly in and out of every strip an STOL
(short takeoff and landing) Cessna 206 could, but burn jet fuel and
carry two to three times the payload of a 206," Schaller said.
Kodiak’s 3,100-pound useful load easily meets that hauling
need for a kerosene-burning aircraft has grown more acute as avgas
has become more difficult to obtain in these remote locations. The
Pratt & Whitney PT-6 can lift the aluminum aircraft off a rough
airstrip in 700 feet at its gross weight of 6,750 pounds.
Idaho-based Quest reports it has more than 100 orders on its books,
and the market has expanded beyond the missionary and humanitarian
missions the aircraft was designed for. As evidence, the company is
showcasing its Timberline interior, which the company describes as
"rugged refinement," well-suited to the private purchaser,
in the aircraft at its display area. Quest also offers an
executive-style interior with club seating and cabinetry. The trike
fixed-gear aircraft can also be outfitted with floats. With an
integrated G1000 glass panel that will soon incorporate synthetic
vision, the Kodiak brings high-tech capabilities to a high adventure
utility category," Schaller said, "but more of a utility
kind of aircraft for a variety of different applications."