Quest Aircraft has secured Chilean certification for its Kodiak single-engined turboprop, paving the way for the US airframer to begin deliveries of the high-wing, all-metal type to the Latin American country.

The approval brings to 33 the number of countries that have validated the Kodiak, including another six in Latin America: Brazil, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama and Venezuela.

John Hunt, vice-president of sales for north, south and central America, says Quest “continues to see interest in the aircraft from a variety of market segments in this region of the world”. These include charter, commercial, cargo and air ambulance providers, he adds.


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“This latest certification will help our marketing efforts in Chile and the surrounding countries,” Hunt says. The company has a small fleet of seven Kodiaks in the region.

Earlier this year, Quest appointed Santiago-based Aeroservicio as its authorised sales representative for the 10-seat aircraft. “Aeroservicio’s strong relationships with customers have definitely strengthened Quest’s presence in the region,” Hunt says. “Having Chilean certification will enhance their sales efforts.”

Flight Fleets Analyzer records a global fleet of nearly 190 Kodiaks. Sixteen were shipped by the Sandpoint, Idaho-based company in the first six months of 2016.

Quest Kodiak on floats

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Quest says global demand for its short take-off and landing aircraft remains strong. The company plans to deliver a record 39 turboprops this year, 52 in 2017 and 60 aircraft annually thereafter.

Source: Flight International