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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh RSS Feed Kodiak goes executive
Venerable bushplane gets passenger refinements
By JAMES WYNBRANDT
Kodiak
PHOTO BY CHRIS MILLER

Can a bushplane find happiness in civilized surroundings? A look at the new executive-configured Kodiak single-engine turboprop indicates this rugged utility aircraft would be quite comfortable in a more refined setting. Previously the company offered a bare cargo floor on its basic and intermediate interiors. The new executive interior features club seating, wool carpet, and tables and cabinets sporting hardwood accents. The aircraft also showcases new options available for the Kodiak, including Garmin GWX-68 weather radar and air conditioning.

The six-place interior features club seating, wool carpet, and tables and cabinets sporting hardwood accents. The aircraft also showcases new options available for the Kodiak, including Garmin GWX-68 weather radar and air conditioning. “We believe what they want to do is jump out of their business jet, and step into the Kodiak and have a similar feel, and then go off to their property with their family or business partners.”

Expanding appeal
Previously the company offered only its basic Tundra and intermediate Timberline interiors both with a bare cargo floor.

The new executive interior, developed by float manufacturer Wipaire, is a prototype that will be available shortly under STC.

The six-place interior features club seating, wool carpet, and tables and cabinets sporting hardwood accents. The aircraft also showcases new options available for the Kodiak, including Garmin GWX-68 weather radar and air conditioning.

Pricing for these upgrades has not been established.

“Part of what we want to do here is get feedback, not only from people that come to the booth, but from existing customers, and then also to sit with our sales staff in the airplane, talk about what’s right with it, and what’s wrong.
“When we get to final design, we can set the price. The radar pod is in the same area – we’re developing pricing, and we have to look at how many units we can sell, because that will affect the price.”

The executive interior will be available for the aftermarket as well as new Kodiaks. Installations will be performed at Wipaire in St. Paul, Minnesota.

A fast-moving company
Quest, based in Sandpoint, Idaho, was founded in 2001 to develop a single-engine turboprop designed to meet the needs of humanitarian aviation missions.

For every ten Kodiaks sold, Quest donates one to any of several humanitarian or missionary organizations.

Fifty-four Kodiaks are currently in the service and the company plans to build 24 aircraft in 2011, raising production to 36 in 2012.

But those targets will be reviewed quarterly to adjust production in line with marketplace realities.

Quest has restructured its sales force over the past year and is establishing U.S. and international dealer networks.

Quest has unveiled other major enhancements to the program in the past year, including a cargo pod, and approval to equip the Kodiak with Wipline 7000 amphibious floats.

No structural upgrades are required for mounting the aircraft on the Wiplines. Thus far 12 owners have equipped their Kodiaks with floats, including Steve Appleton of Boise, Idaho, who had his aircraft painted in Tiger livery—complete with a snarling mouth on the cowl and extended claws on the floats.

H.O. Aircraft of Blaine, Minnesota, did the paint.

Regardless of whether a tiger can change its stripes, the new executive interior proves a Kodiak certainly can.

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