Quest Aircraft Company
The origins of Quest Aircraft Company began in 1998 with the start of Idaho Air Group — the product of co-visionaries Tom Hamilton and David Voetmann. Both men recognized the need for a modern backcountry aircraft designed to meet the demands of humanitarian aviation. Along with an early group of visionaries, they put the Kodiak on paper and went out in search of funding.
Hamilton, a well-known aviation entrepreneur, had extensive aircraft design experience, and Voetmann had more than 40 years of flying experience with humanitarian and relief organizations, as well as raising funds to support these efforts. After years of dreaming and planning, the two launched the Idaho Air Group in 1998, and the origins of Quest Aircraft Company began.
Along with an early group of supporters, they put the Kodiak on paper and went out in search of funding. In May 2001, the company was official launched and a Board of Directors was chosen. Bruce Kennedy, retired CEO of Alaska Airlines, was Quest’s Founding Chairman.
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.
Quest Aircraft Company, headquartered in Sandpoint, Idaho, manufactures the Kodiak 10-seat single engine turboprop airplane. The next-generation Kodiak combines aluminum construction, STOL performance and high useful load.
The Quest facility has since expanded to over 84,000 square feet. In 2011, Quest expanded its worldwide sales network and added strategically-located Authorized Service Centers to better support the growing fleet of Kodiaks in the field.