Quest flies its Kodiak Turboprop single
Quest Aircraft’s new Kodiak high-wing, 10-passenger turboprop single made a brief first flight October 16, exactly two years after the startup dedicated its 27,000-sq-ft research and development facility in Sandpoint, Idaho. The flight of the 750-shp Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-powered STOL, fixed-gear airplane lasted just six minutes as the pilot made one circuit of the airport. Tom Hamilton, formerly of Stoddard-Hamilton Aircraft, is Quest Aircraft’s CEO, and Bruce Kennedy, former CEO of Alaska Airlines, is chairman of the board. Test trials continue, with 14 total flights logged at press time.