Quest Aircraft Kodiak
The company was officially launched in May 2001, and by that summer employed a staff of 14. On October 16, 2002, the 27,000 square foot new Quest facility was officially dedicated and the team moved the production work to its current home at the Sandpoint (ID) Municipal Airport. Work began on the prototype aircraft.
In 2004, two years later to the day, the first flight of the Kodiak (N490KQ) took place. Within three months, the Kodiak had completed its 50th flight. In March 2007 s/n 001, the first fully conforming production aircraft, made its initial flight and joined the Kodiak prototype in the flight test program.
The Kodiak received FAA Type Certification on May 30 2007, and began customer deliveries in December of that year.
The 10 place Kodiak turboprop can take off in under 1,000 feet at full gross weight and climb at over 1,300 feet per minute. The landing gear and 19 inch propeller clearance allow the Kodiak to handle unimproved airstrips. The discontinuous leading edge technology brings control at slow speeds. At touchdown, the Kodiak only needs 705 feet to bring the full gross weight of 7,305 pounds to a stop–even on rough, bumpy strips.
Powered is by a Pratt and Whitney PT6-34 of 750shp with a 4,000TBO.
A wide range of options are available such as the external cargo compartment, TKS ice protection, Stormscope, Weather Radar, TCAS, and a jump package.
Kodiak is certified under Part 23 of the Federal Aviation Regulations in the Normal Category for day, night, VFR, and IFR flight operations, and certified for flight into known icing when equipped with the optional TKS Ice Protection System.
Kodiaks are in service with charter operators, corporate operators, personal owners, skydiving operations, governments, and humanitarian organizations.
Engine: P&W PT6A-34, 750 hp Takeoff @ 2200 RPM
Max. Continuous Power: 700 hp
Propeller: 96 in constant speed, feathering, reversible
Tip Clearance: 19 in
Cabin Width: 4’6″
Cabin Height: 4’9″
Cabin Length: 15’10″
Cargo Volume (exc. cockpit): 248 cu ft
Overall Length: 34’2″
Door Sill Height: 38 in
Cargo Door (LH side): 49.25 x 49.25 in
Cockpit Doors (both sides): 31 x 51 in
Wing Area: 240 sq ft
Flap Type: Fowler, single-slotted
Flap Horizontal Span: 20′
Overall Height: 15’3″
Max. Ramp Weight: 7,305 lbs
Max. Takeoff Weight: 7,255 lbs
Base Aircraft Empty Weight: 3,770 lbs
Base Aircraft Useful Load: 3,535 lbs
Fuel Capacity: 320 USgal
Max. Wing Loading: 30.1 lbs/ sq ft
Max. Power Loading: 9.67 lbs/hp
Stall Speed Vs1 (flaps up): 77 kcas
Stall Speed Vs0 (flaps down): 60 kcas
Rate of Climb (max. cont. at SL): 1,371 ft/min
Rate of Climb (10,000 ft): 874 ft/min
Takeoff Ground Roll: 934 ft
Braked Roll (w/o reverse): 705 ft
Certified Ceiling: 25,000 ft
Cruise Performance: 183 ktas / 339 kph
Landing Gear: Fixed, faired leg, no pants
Main Gear: 8.5 x 10 Cleveland, spring steel
Nose Gear: 6.5 x 8 Cleveland, air-oleo, steel
Range w/ 45 min. reserve: (without Cargo Pod):
Max Cruise, at 174 ktas, 12,000 ft, fuel consumption 48 USgph - 1,005 nm / 5.8 hr
Max Range Cruise, at 135 ktas, 12,000 ft, fuel consumption 33 USgph - 1,132 nm / 8.4 hr