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.
The AOPA Medical Advisory Board is the latest group to urge quick action on the proposed FAA rule that would allow thousands more pilots to fly without the need for a third class medical certificate.
Mexico has lifted a requirement that pilots of arriving and departing private general aviation flights use a third party provider to file advance passenger information system (APIS) manifests.
The Perlan Project is less than a year away from the first flight of a glider being built to ride waves near the edge of space. While construction continues in Oregon, the team’s pilots are staying proficient in more ordinary aircraft.
VOLUNTEER AT AN AOPA FLY-IN NEAR YOU!
SHARE YOUR PASSION. VOLUNTEER AT AN AOPA FLY-IN. CLICK TO LEARN MORE >>>
VOLUNTEER LOCALLY AT AOPA FLY-IN! CLICK TO LEARN MORE >>>
BE A PART OF THE FLY-IN VOLUNTEER CREW! CLICK TO LEARN MORE >>>