Seattle Falcon 50 operator Mariner Air has ordered a Max-Viz EVS-1000 enhanced-vision system (EVS), a setup that will include an uncooled IR sensor in the top of the tail and a head-down cockpit display. Western Aircraft of Boise, Idaho, will perform the installation. The Max-Viz sensor system was first certified in March aboard a Challenger 601-3A. Cessna has selected a dual-sensor version, the EVS-2000, for the Citation X and Sovereign.
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.
Quest Aircraft’s new Kodiak high-wing, fixed-gear turboprop single successfully completed its 50th flight on January 11, just three months after the aircraft made its maiden flight and some two years after the start-up company dedicated its 27,000-sq-ft research-and-development facility in Sandpoint, Idaho.
Interiors development and certification specialist Millennium Concepts of Wichita has received an order from Quest Aircraft for follow-on production interiors for the Sandpoint, Idaho company’s Kodiak utility aircraft. Millennium has worked closely with Quest on design, certification and fabrication of components for the Kodiak’s various interior packages–the Tundra, Timberline and Summit.
The owners of Boise, Idaho-based Western Aircraft sold 100 percent of the company stock to investment group Berkley Aviation Investors. Western Aircraft has been under its current ownership since 1995, when Al Hilde bought the company from Morrison Knudsen. Hilde was the majority shareholder. Western shares were also held by CEO Allen Hoyt and Tim Hilde.
Boise, Idaho-based Western Aircraft is offering FBO customers a new concierge-style service called Gold Standard. Arriving aircraft will be assisted by a Western Aircraft ramp coordinator, who will take care of all passenger, crew and aircraft needs. According to the company, services–including arranging for ground transportation and sprucing up the cabin–are provided free to customers.
Sandpoint, Idaho-based Quest Aircraft has chosen Millennium Concepts to design, fabricate and certify interior packages for its Kodiak 10-seat, single-engine turboprop.
HAI is warning its members that a dry, warm winter across the Northwest and even the record winter rainfall in the Southwest have created conditions that indicate this year’s wildfire season could be extreme.
The FAA is reviewing a proposed noise-compatibility program for Boise Air Terminal/Gowen Field, Idaho. The program, being developed under Part 150, is scheduled to be approved or rejected next February 13. Comments are due October 12. For more information, contact the FAA at (425) 227-2653.
Cessna 208B Caravan, Bellevue, Idaho, Dec. 6, 2004–Mountain Bird’s UPS cargo flight crashed in flat open terrain about seven miles outside Bellevue, Idaho, in VMC. The aircraft was destroyed and the two ATP pilots were killed. The captain had logged 9,757 hours. En route from Salt Lake City to Freidman Memorial (SUN), Hailey, Idaho, the Caravan was on an IFR flight plan.