Quest Aircraft hopes to get its Kodiak 10-seat single-engine turboprop certificated by the end of June as it readies the first production-conforming aircraft for its maiden flight in May. Idaho-based Quest flew the first Kodiak prototype in October last year and has chalked up around 375h in the high-wing, fixed-gear aircraft: the new aircraft will be used for function and reliability testing, it says.

The Kodiak is available in three configurations. The Tundra 10-seat high-density version targeted at the air taxi and commuter markets; the Timberline mid-range model for business and leisure users; and the Summit, eight-seat VIP model. The first aircraft will be handed over immediately following certification to Idaho-based operator Salmon Air.

Source: Flight International