SANDPOINT, Idaho — Quest Aircraft Company has named Samuel Hill its new Chief Executive Officer. Hill has more than 40 years of aviation experience, most recently with Honda Aircraft Co. from which he retired in early 2012.
Hill spent 10 years with Embraer Aircraft Corp. in several key leadership positions, including President and Vice Chairman. He was responsible for starting Embraer’s Corporate Aircraft Division and launching the Legacy 600, the company’s first executive jet.
“I am very pleased to welcome an individual of Sam’s caliber to our management team,” said Dave Vander Griend, chairman of Quest’s Board of Directors. “Sam not only is extremely experienced as well as highly respected in the aviation industry, but he embodies the same values and purpose of mission that Quest represents.”
Vander Griend, who had been serving as the company’s interim CEO since mid-2011, will continue in his role as Chairman of the Board.
Prior to Embraer, Hill worked with the Brooke Group where he was responsible for evaluating and developing strategies for aviation industry investments, including launching a helicopter subsidiary. He also served as General Manager of Aircraft and Flight Services for Piedmont Aviation. Hill began his aviation career as Chief Pilot with Continental Grain Company, and also spent time as Director of Flight Operations for AVX Corporation. He is an active pilot and holds a multi-engine ATP license and is type-rated in a number of aircraft.
Quest Aircraft Company is the manufacturer of the KODIAK, a 10-place single engine turboprop utility airplane (pictured), designed for STOL use and float capability. Quest has seen strong market acceptance in key market segments, including personal use, Part 135 operations, government, and humanitarian organizations. The company has also begun developing a special mission KODIAK, the Air Claw, in conjunction with Northrop Grumman. Headquartered in Sandpoint, Idaho, Quest was established in 2001 and began deliveries of the KODIAK in December 2007. For more information: QuestAircraft.com