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.
Quest flies its Kodiak Turboprop single
- December 14, 2007, 7:24 AM