For Slater, an 11-time world champion surfer, earning his private pilot’s license has been a desire for a long time. While planning to do flyovers of his new Surf Ranch wave pool and the solar panels that power it in Lemoore, California, Slater thought there was no time like the now to get started, and the team at Quest was more than happy to assist.
The intersection of surfing and flying might seem strange partners, but the Quest offers a good value proposition, with good speed, a surfboard-friendly cabin, luxury seating and low operating costs.
The rugged 10-seat turboprop needs less than 1,000 for takeoff at max weight and it can climb at over 1,300 feet per minute. The landing gear and 19-inch propeller clearance allow the Kodiak to easily handle touchdown, anything from airports to unimproved airstrips to gravel bars, getting pilots on the ground even when there isn’t much real estate to work with, as is the case with many strips close to the waves, but far from larger airports.
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Learn more about the Quest Kodiak at questaircraft.com.