Quest Kodiak Now EASA-Certified
Quest Aircraft now has EASA certification for the Kodiak 100, the company announced last week at Aero Friedrichshafen. The single-engine turboprop, built in Sandpoint, Idaho, now is certified in more than 50 countries, the company said. “With its STOL capabilities, the Kodiak will allow European operators with large payloads to access many airstrips and locations that would previously have proven difficult,” said Rob Wells, CEO of Quest. “We anticipate that Europe will play an important role in the continued growth of our company, even more so now with the recent and very welcome regulation changes in regards to single-engine turboprop commercial operations.”
The 10-place Kodiak features all-aluminum construction, a Pratt & Whitney PT6 turbine engine and Garmin G1000 avionics. It can land and take off from unimproved surfaces, and floats can be added without structural upgrades. It can take off in under 1,000 feet at full gross takeoff weight of 7,255 pounds and climb at over 1,300 feet per minute. The airplane will be sold and supported throughout Europe by Quest Dealer Rheinland Air Service, headquartered at Mönchengladbach Airport, near Dusseldorf, Germany. The Kodiak sells for about $2.5 million.