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Posted: 9/16/2009 7:01:24 PM EST
Quest Aircraft Receives Production Certificate

September 16, 2009, Sandpoint, ID...Quest Aircraft Company has received full unrestricted production certification for the KODIAK. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) presented Quest with the certificate yesterday, September 15, in a brief ceremony at the company’s Sandpoint Headquarters.

“Achieving this final step in the process of designing, producing, and delivering a brand new aircraft is an important milestone for Quest,” said Paul Schaller, Quest Aircraft’s President and CEO. “I want to thank the dedicated team of Quest employees who along with the FAA have worked hard to achieve this certification. This process has truly been a partnership between Quest and the FAA and we are grateful for their hard work and support.”

With the production certification in hand, Quest is now able to issue standard airworthiness certificates for the KODIAK aircraft it produces. The company has been ramping up production, and KODIAKs are rolling off the line at the rate of three aircraft a month.

“We’ve been very blessed over the last couple years at Quest,” continued Schaller. “We received our type certification in May 2007, just 32 months after the first flight of the KODIAK prototype. We began customer deliveries later that year and have delivered 22 KODIAKs to date. The production certificate will allow us to streamline the production and delivery process over time, as we take responsibility for inspections and coordinate changes with the FAA’s Seattle Manufacturing Inspection District Office (MIDO).

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, is capable of working off floats without structural upgrades and has the ability to land on unimproved surfaces. The KODIAK can take off in under 700 feet at full gross takeoff weight of 6,750 lbs and climb at over 1,500 feet per minute. A 3-panel Garmin G1000 integrated avionics suite is standard equipment on the KODIAK. Quest also offers Synthetic Vision Technology for the G1000. Quest has seen strong market acceptance in key market segments, including personal use, Part 135 operations, government, and mission/humanitarian organizations.

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, Quest was established in 2001 and currently employs more than 300 skilled personnel.

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Link Posted: 9/16/2009 7:56:23 PM EST
Caravan?
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 8:07:47 PM EST
Originally Posted By captainpooby:
Caravan?


Nope... What a Caravan wishes it was.
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 8:19:28 PM EST
Thats a pretty neat looking aircraft.
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 4:04:16 AM EST
looks like a single engine twotter
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 4:07:32 AM EST
Sweet looking aircraft. I'm digging the avionics setup. Man I need to hurry up and get licensed.
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 8:55:29 AM EST

Originally Posted By PBIR:
Sweet looking aircraft. I'm digging the avionics setup. Man I need to hurry up and get licensed.

Don't forget that whole part about ponying-up $1.6 million just to buy one.
And maintenance.
And insurance.
And fuel.
And hangar / tie-down.
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 8:58:34 AM EST
Here's a picture for those who want a quick glimpse....

Link Posted: 9/17/2009 9:10:51 AM EST
Originally Posted By JS98010:

Originally Posted By PBIR:
Sweet looking aircraft. I'm digging the avionics setup. Man I need to hurry up and get licensed.

Don't forget that whole part about ponying-up $1.6 million just to buy one.
And maintenance.
And insurance.
And fuel.
And hangar / tie-down.


I didn't mean I would buy one.
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 9:32:54 AM EST
So what's the advantage over a PC-6? Its somewhat faster?
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 1:44:21 PM EST
There was an article about this plane in FLYING a few months ago.
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 4:39:41 PM EST

Originally Posted By Kalahnikid:
There was an article about this plane in FLYING a few months ago.

I think AOPA Pilot covered it too.
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 6:41:01 PM EST
I read that article too, but I'll be damned if I can remember which one it was.
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 10:12:41 PM EST
Originally Posted By chadjetlag:
looks like a single engine twotter


Exactly what I was going to say.
Link Posted: 9/20/2009 6:42:25 AM EST
I saw one parked on the ramp at Boeing Field a few months ago. Great looking plane.

Mike F
Link Posted: 9/20/2009 10:24:15 PM EST
Here's a crappy picture of it taking off in Chandler, AZ. Cool plane but, I hated fueling it. Our ladder was a little short. They did a lot of test in the area.

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