The Quest Kodiak is a high-wing, unpressurized, single engine turboprop-powered fixed-tricycle-gear aircraft built by Quest Aircraft and suitable for utility applications on unimproved airfields. A skydiving version has been certificated.
The Kodiak is intended more for the utilitarian market, although an executive interior, the "Summit package" with club seating, was introduced in 2009.
Design and developmentEdit
Engineering design began in 1999, while the company organization was being finalized. The goal was to create a utilitarian vehicle capable of carrying 10+ persons, using aluminum construction, short-field capability, and good useful load. Large contributors to the Kodiak's STOL performance are a fixed, discontinuous leading edge on the outboard wing and the high performance Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-34 turboprop engine of 750 hp (559 kW).
Passenger seats in the Kodiak are track-mounted and easily removed. It has standard access doors for pilot and co-pilot positions, with a clamshell door (48.5" x 50") in the aft fuselage for cargo loading or for access to the other eight passenger positions (the lower half of the clamshell door has automatically extending/retracting steps).
In June 2010, Wipaire, Inc. was granted Supplemental Type Certification allowing Wipline 7000 Amphibious Floats to be installed on Kodiaks. In November of that same year it was also certified for flight into known icing after the installation of a TKS system, which protects exposed surfaces via glycol-based fluids.