Quest Aircraft Company is pleased to announce that it has received full certification for the KODIAK from Venezuela's Civil Aviation Authority, the Instituto Nacional de Aeronautica Civil. The KODIAK is now certified in 13 countries, with additional new certifications expected yet this year.
"We are excited that the KODIAK has achieved certification in another Latin American country," said Steve Zinda, Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Customer Service. "We have had a lot of interest from a variety of market segments in this region of the world, and having a KODIAK in service in Venezuela will increase our exposure and enhance our sales efforts in this area.
"The first Venezuelan customer will be taking delivery of his KODIAK shortly, as the aircraft is currently enroute," Zinda continued. "The owner, who will operate the aircraft for personal and business use, is very enthused about the KODIAK and its capabilities and looking forward to using it regularly." The aircraft is equipped with the popular external cargo compartment option and features the Timberline interior.
Since beginning customer deliveries in late 2007, the KODIAK has been deployed around the world in a variety of applications. KODIAKs are in service with charter operators, small businesses, personal owners, U.S. and international governments, and humanitarian organizations.
The KODIAK's multi-mission capabilities, efficiency and low direct operating costs make the aircraft very attractive for operators in Latin America. The aircraft's ruggedness, along with its performance and STOL capabilities are especially well-suited to the region.
The KODIAK's rugged aluminum construction combines superior STOL performance and high useful load. It offers proven turbine reliability with the Pratt & Whitney PT6 turbine engine, has the ability to land and take off from unimproved surfaces and is capable of working off floats without structural upgrades. The KODIAK can take off in under 1,000 feet at full gross takeoff weight of 7,255 lbs and climb at over 1,300 feet per minute. A 3-panel Garmin G1000 integrated avionics suite including Synthetic Vision Technology is standard equipment on the KODIAK.
Quest Aircraft Company is the manufacturer of the KODIAK, a 10-place single engine turboprop utility airplane, designed for STOL use and float capability. Headquartered in Sandpoint, Idaho, the company was established in 2001 and began deliveries of the KODIAK in December 2007. The 100th KODIAK was delivered in September of this year. For more information, please visit www.questaircraft.com.