In The Works: Quest Aircraft Kodiak

 - January 23, 2007, 10:23 AM

While Quest Aircraft’s brawny high-wing all-metal utility turboprop didn’t achieve FAA certification by the end of last year as the company had hoped, the program continues on the path to approval in the first quarter of this year. By mid-December, the prototype had logged nearly 600 hours of flight testing. Most structural testing is done and flight testing of avionics, electrical, interior and environmental systems was under way during December. Orders to date extend the backlog into 2010,
according to Quest CEO Paul Schaller, and 30 Kodiaks are already targeted for humanitarian and mission-related work. Quest expects to achieve known-icing certification shortly after receiving the Kodiak’s type certificate, Schaller told AIN.