January 25, 2010
By Alton K. Marsh
A new Quest Aircraft single-engine turboprop Kodiak headed for Haiti shortly after Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) received it new from the factory. The missionary group previously dedicated three aircraft to the relief effort.
It is the first Kodiak to join the fleet of general aviation aircraft helping to provide aid to Haiti. It left MAF headquarters in Nampa, Idaho, on a three-day, 3,000-mile flight to Haiti. Total flying time will be 18 hours.
“The Kodiak is the next-generation bush plane and is made for such a time as this,” said John Boyd, president of MAF. “It can land on short, unpaved airstrips to get essential humanitarian help to its destination quickly and safely in the absence of viable roads. The Kodiak will greatly expand our ability to quickly take aid where it is most needed.”
Over the next few years, MAF will place 18 Kodiaks into service, replacing many of its Cessna 206s.
AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Alton Marsh has been a pilot since 1970 and has an airline transport pilot certificate and instrument and multiengine flight instructor certificates, aerobatic training, and a commercial seaplane certificate.
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