Kodiak Answers Latin America’s Call For Versatility

 - August 13, 2014, 1:00 AM
Quest Aircraft expects its Kodiak turboprop single will perform well in a number of roles in Latin America, including meeting transportation needs for vacationing city-dwellers. (Photo: David McIntosh)

Quest Aircraft do Brasil has brought its company-owned Kodiak demonstrator turboprop single to LABACE to show off the versatility of the multi-function design. The company was established last December to be the exclusive distributor for the Kodiak in Brazil, and is in an advanced state of negotiation for the sales of three aircraft. It sees the region as an ideal market for the single turboprop.

With its rugged construction, large cargo door, spacious interior and luggage panniers, plus its low stall speed and ability to use fields of around 1,000 feet in length, the Kodiak is applicable to many missions throughout South America. These include commercial operations in remote areas, parachuting, cargo transport and mining/agricultural support.

Here in Brazil, one role of particular importance is transporting passengers up to 400 nautical miles between cities and outlying areas, including to and from vacation homes. Quest offers different passenger trim levels, with an executive four-seat club arrangement (with table) as an alternative to the standard 10-seat arrangement.

An important option is the amphibian configuration using Aerocet carbon-fiber floats, which have recently been certified. One of the three pending sales concerns an amphibian Kodiak. Other options include weather radar, an important consideration for Brazilian operations, and various communications fits.

In baseline configuration the Kodiak costs $1.97 million, while the float option adds around $275,000 to the price. Quest Aircraft do Brasil claims that the Kodiak is cheaper to buy and operate than its main rival, the Cessna Caravan, and benefits from a more modern design and better performance. The company has already established one workshop in Brazil to support the Kodiak fleet, and is in negotiations to add two more to extend the network around the country.