Quest Aircraft Co. recently received Canadian type certification for the Quest Kodiak. This follows the receipt of type certification from Papua New Guinea and type acceptance certification from Indonesia in June.
“From the outset, we had planned on receiving numerous international certifications for the Kodiak,” said Paul Schaller, Quest Aircraft’s president and CEO. “The airplane was purposely designed for the mission/humanitarian community, which by definition means extensive usage in the most remote regions around the world. Our customer base for other market segments is worldwide in nature as well.
“Canada is also a prime market for us, as the Kodiak is the perfect platform for a variety of mission profiles flown in remote areas,” Schaller continued.
The Papua New Guinea certification was obtained in conjunction with JAARS, one of the Quest Mission Team (QMT) members. JAARS’ first KODIAK, s/n 008, was delivered in January and is currently in-service operating in the most remote areas of Papua New Guinea. Indonesian certification was achieved through the efforts of the FAA and Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF), another QMT partner.
The Kodiak can take off in under 700 feet at full gross takeoff weight of 6,750 lbs and climb at over 1,500 feet per minute. A Garmin G1000 avionics suite is standard equipment. Quest also offers Synthetic Vision Technology for the G1000. The Kodiak is powered by the Pratt & Whitney PT6 turbine engine and is capable of working off floats without structural upgrades.
Quest received full unrestricted production certification for the Kodiak Sept. 15. The production certificate allows Quest to streamline the production and delivery process over time, as the company assumes responsibility for inspections and coordinate changes with the FAA’s Seattle Manufacturing Inspection District Office (MIDO).
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