July 30, 2010
By Thomas A. Horne
Quest Aircraft Co., manufacturers of the Kodiak—a 10-seat, 172-knot single-engine turboprop designed for short-takeoff-and-landing (STOL) and utility operations—July 30 delivered nine amphibious versions of the Kodiak to the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).
The airplanes will be used in the USFWS’s migratory bird management program, where their mission will be to monitor and manage waterfowl and other migratory bird populations. In addition, the Kodiaks will be used to conduct aerial damage assessments due to environmental disasters such as hurricanes, and to conduct remote sensing and survey work.
Quest also announced that a weeping-wing ice protection system—manufactured by CAV Aerospace—is in flight test and awaiting certification. On display at the 2010 EAA AirVenture were two other new options for the $1.67 million Kodiak: air conditioning (a $33,500 option) and an external cargo compartment ($55,500). The external cargo compartment offers 65 additional cubic feet of storage and can carry up to 750 pounds.
AOPA Pilot Editor at Large Tom Horne has worked at AOPA since the early 1980s. He began flying in 1975 and has an airline transport pilot and flight instructor certificates. He’s flown everything from ultralights to Gulfstreams and ferried numerous piston airplanes across the Atlantic.
AOPA expressed concern in a meeting with town officials from East Hampton, New York, that restrictions proposed to curb airport noise “overwhelmingly” generated by transient commercial flights would unfairly burden traditional airport users.
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