The Quest Aircraft Company of
Sandpoint, Idaho, has reached another milestone in its manufacture of the
Kodiak, a powerful short take-off and landing bush plane. Last week, the
Federal Aviation Administration presented Quest with its unrestricted
production certificate for the aircraft, meaning the company can issue standard
air-worthiness certificates to their buyers.
is a 10-place single engine turboprop utility airplane, designed for use on
unimproved runways and with floats. It's in the same class of aircraft as the
Cessna Caravan, and is designed as a replacement for the discontinued de
Schaller (shall-er) is Quest Aircraft's president and CEO:
-- (Quest 1 36 sec "It
was named for the place ... the Kodiak to be able to do.")
Schaller says that with its
750-horsepower Pratt and Whitney P-T-6 turbine engine and a unique wing
design, the Kodiak couples short takeoff and landing capabilities with a true
airspeed of 190 knots.
Quest has delivered 22
Kodiaks to date, and is hoping to improve on its current production rate of
three aircraft a month:
-- (Quest 2 22 sec "We
were pleasantly surprised ... two aircraft per week.")
said the unrestricted production certificate will allow Quest to streamline the
manufacture and delivery process, as the company has taken responsibility for
inspections and can coordinate changes with the FAA's Seattle Manufacturing
Inspection District Office.
The Kodiak was originally designed
to serve the humanitarian missions of religious organizations in the Third
World. The company reports that purchasers have also included private pilots,
air taxies and governments, as well.