Quest Aircraft's new
KODIAK took its first flight last week, Saturday, October 16. The
aircraft, piloted by Bruce Barrett, took off at 2:15 p.m. from the
company's facility at the Sandpoint Municipal Airport.
With inclement weather that was less than hospitable for a
maiden flight, the KODIAK taxied out as the chase plane took to the
air looking for traffic and surveying the weather. First flight
lasted approximately six minutes with Barrett making a lap around
the pattern followed by a smooth touchdown. Company officials were
hopeful they could take back to the air later in the week, when the
weather improves. The KODIAK has since successfully completed
its second fight, lasting 30 minutes.
"Today was a great day for Quest Aircraft," stated Tom Hamilton,
Quest's CEO and President, immediately following the first flight.
"What started as a vision years ago is today a reality. I want to
congratulate everyone on our team for all their hard work and
The KODIAK flew exactly two years to the day since the
dedication of Quest's new 27,000 square foot R&D facility. The
flight test program has been submitted to the FAA's Seattle
Aircraft Certification Office (ACO) and Quest is ready to resume
flight testing, which will continue through 2005. The company has
already broken ground for an additional 57,000 sq ft which will
give the company a total facility of 84,000 square feet for KODIAK
"We have been very circumspect about the development of the
KODIAK," added Hamilton. "We wanted to focus our efforts on
building a quality aircraft that can meet the rigorous demands that
utility aircraft can face and not fight to meet expectations and
promised deadlines. That's why we have chosen to stay out of the
public eye until recently.
"Now that we have accomplished first flight, we look forward to
sharing our progress with the media and our potential customers,"
continued Hamilton. The company plans to publicly debut the KODIAK
at the Alaska Airmen's Trade Show in May 2005.
Quest Aircraft, LLC is the manufacturer of the KODIAK, a
10-place single engine turboprop utility airplane, designed to be
float capable. Headquartered in Sandpoint, Idaho, Quest was
established in 1998, and currently employs more than 35 skilled