Kodiak, the utility aircraft from Quest Aircraft, is making its NBAA debut with a corporate-configured turboprop on display in the static park.
The competitor to the Cessna Caravan was originally designed to work in the missionary and humanitarian market, but has found a host of different applications and now the executive market is being addressed. The Kodiak on show includes air conditioning, the Garmin GWX-68 weather radar, and an executive interior designed by Wipaire. It is the prototype of what soon will be available via a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC).
Any Kodiak already delivered - or in production - can have the interior installed by Wipaire (booth C11150).
The aircraft on display also features a newly certified external cargo compartment, which offers an additional 65 cubic feet (1.84 cubic meters) of storage and is the first external compartment certified to the latest flammability and system protection regulations for lightning.
Steve Zinda, director of sales and marketing, said: "The ECC has been a highly requested option since its development, both on corporate and utility configurations."
"We are excited to be at NBAA with the Kodiak," Zinda said. "We have been to the show before, but this is the first time we have brought the aircraft."
Since beginning deliveries in 2007, the Kodiak has since been deployed in more than 10 countries around the world in a variety of applications including charter operators, small businesses, personal owners, skydiving operations, US and international governments, and humanitarian organizations.
The Kodiak's aluminum construction delivers STOL performance taking off in less than 1,000 feet fully loaded. It features a Pratt & Whitney PT6 turbine engine, can land and take off from unimproved surfaces and is capable of working off floats without structural upgrades. A 3-panel Garmin G1000 integrated avionics suite including synthetic vision technology is standard equipment on the aircraft.