[dropcap]Q[/dropcap]uest Aircraft Company has announced the debut of the KODIAK at the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE). The event, which runs from May 19-21, is celebrating its 15th year and will host over 500 exhibitors at Geneva’s Palexpo and adjacent static display. A brand new KODIAK with the Summit Executive interior will be on display in Space #10 in the static area. Quest is exhibiting at EBACE in partnership with Rheinland Air Service (RAS), Quest’s authorized KODIAK dealer for Europe. RAS is also an authorized KODIAK service center.
The top-of-the-line Summit interior features club seating with a recline function, folding tables, forward cabinets, enhanced soundproofing and other amenities. The KODIAK on display also includes the popular external cargo pod, over-size tires, air-conditioning and upgraded avionics options. RAS took delivery of the aircraft last month.
“We are excited to have a KODIAK aircraft on display at EBACE for the first time,” said Steve Zinda, Vice President of Sales. “There are already several KODIAKs in service in Europe, and we see this as a growth market for Quest. We have recently begun our European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification program. The EASA rules review and impending changes regarding single-engine turboprop operations should drive even more interest from a variety of customer segments. In addition, having strong European representation through our dealer RAS is a great asset in penetrating this market.” RAS’ territory covers 35 countries which include both European Union (EU) and non-EU member countries.
Quest has seen strong market acceptance in key market segments around the world, including personal use, Part 135 operations, corporate transport, government and humanitarian organizations. The KODIAK is certified in 18 countries, with several additional certifications imminent.
The KODIAK embodies rugged reliability. It 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 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.
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