Quest Aircraft is bringing its next-generation turboprop single, the Kodiak 100 Series II, to NBAA 2018 next week. The Sandpoint, Idaho-based manufacturer unveiled the upgraded model in May, a decade after the original Kodiak entered service, detailing an aircraft that incorporates the new Garmin G1000NXi suite, a number of interior upgrades, and an option for a single-point refueling port.
Since that time, the Series II aircraft has completed a nationwide demo tour, and Quest has delivered the first 10. “This year has been a momentous year for the team at Quest,” noted Quest Aircraft CEO Rob Wells. “We’ve celebrated a decade of continual improvements to the Kodiak platform, culminating with the announcement Series II model.” Following the nationwide demo tour, Wells said the company “witnessed a dramatic increase in worldwide demand and overall brand awareness.”
With the new avionics, the equipment list was expanded to include an angle-of-attack indicator, digital 4-in-1 standby, Flight Stream 510, and a two-year subscription to the Kodiak mobile app, backed by Garmin Pilot. Two new gloveboxes were added to the flight deck to increase storage, improved Rosen sun visors were incorporated for better UV protection and ergonomics, and LEMO plugs were added for hardwired Bose headsets.
Other improvements included a redesigned cargo doorstep that reduces weight and fuselage seals were improved for better soundproofing and cabin ventilation. These changes were among the more 200 enhancements that have been folded into the aircraft since it was introduced in 2008, the company said.
In addition to highlighting the new model, Quest also has marked the delivery of the 250th Kodiak this year, and the highest-time aircraft in the fleet recently surpassed 5,000 hours. “Heading into NBAA, we’re looking forward to celebrating these accomplishments and debuting the Series II to our customers and peers,” the company said.
Two of the Series II models will be on display at the show: one at the Quest booth and another on static display at the Clay Lacy stand. Clay Lacy is the authorized Kodiak dealer for the Northeast U.S.