Quest Aircraft Co. of Sandpoint, Idaho, introduced an executive interior for its rugged Kodiak turboprop single at EAA AirVenture at Oshkosh, Wis., last week.
Since former Hawker Beechcraft president of commercial sales Brad Hatt formed Sojourn Aviation last year, the company has quickly moved into diverse areas of business. That diversity has helped Sojourn Aviation prosper during the economic downturn, Hatt told AIN.
Quest Aircraft, the Sandpoint, Idaho-based manufacturer of the Kodiak turboprop single, secured recapitalization and new investment funding from private investors last month. The amount of funding was not disclosed, but company president and CEO Paul Schaller said it “positions Quest to meet the needs of multiple market segments as the general aviation industry continues to recover.”
Quest Aircraft yesterday received approval from the FAA for the Kodiak turboprop single’s ice protection system, meaning the aircraft is now able to fly in known icing conditions. According to the Sandpoint, Idaho-based aircraft manufacturer, the glycol-based TKS system has been installed on three Kodiaks to date.
Sandpoint, Idaho-based Quest Aircraft received FAA approval to increase the mtow for its Kodiak turboprop single to 7,225 pounds, up from the existing 6,750 pounds. With the increase, the Kodiak’s useful load rises to 3,535 pounds. The Kodiak obtained FAA certification in 2007.
Safe Flight Instrument (Booth No. 5130) has been selected to provide the speed-control system for Quest’s Kodiak turbine single.
Quest Aircraft (Booth No. 4566) has received type certification from Canada and Papua New Guinea (PNG) and type acceptance certification from Indonesia for its Kodiak single-engine turboprop. “Canada is a prime market for us, as the Kodiak is the perfect platform for a variety of mission profiles flown in remote areas,” said Paul Schaller, Quest Aircraft’s president and CEO.
Quest Aircraft recently delivered the second Kodiak turboprop single to come off the production line to Spokane Turbine Center. The new owner will offer flight andmaintenance training for the Kodiak, as well as for the airplane’s Garmin G1000 avionics and Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A engine, for the mission aviation community, aviation students and humanitarian organizations.
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.