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Quest Kodiak

Light Utility Aircraft

Quest Kodiak

Light Utility Aircraft


The Quest Kodiak and its versatile design allow it to serve in various industries - VIP travel, cargo transportation, skydiving.
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ORIGIN: United States
YEAR: 2008
STATUS: Active, In-Service
MANUFACTURER(S): Quest Aircraft - USA
OPERATORS: Botswana; Brazil; India; Japan; Panama; United States

Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Quest Kodiak model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.
LENGTH: 34.19 feet (10.42 meters)
WIDTH: 44.95 feet (13.7 meters)
HEIGHT: 15.26 feet (4.65 meters)
WEIGHT (EMPTY): 3,770 pounds (1,710 kilograms)
WEIGHT (MTOW): 7,275 pounds (3,300 kilograms)
ENGINE: 1 x Pratt & Whitney Canada (PWC) PT6A-34 turboprop engine developing 750 horsepower and driving a four-bladed propeller unit at the nose.
SPEED (MAX): 211 miles-per-hour (340 kilometers-per-hour; 184 knots)
RANGE: 1,305 miles (2,100 kilometers; 1,134 nautical miles)
CEILING: 25,000 feet (7,620 meters; 4.73 miles)
RATE-OF-CLIMB: 1,370 feet-per-minute (418 meters-per-minute)


Series Model Variants
• Kodiak - Base Series Name.
• Kodiak 100 - Original production form of 2007.
• Kodiak 100 (Series II) - Model of May 2018; Garmin G1000NXi avionics suite; Angle-of-Attack (AoA) indicator.
• Kodiak "Air Claw" - Military-minded variant modified by Northrop Grumman to servce in the surveillance role.


Detailing the development and operational history of the Quest Kodiak Light Utility Aircraft.  Entry last updated on 1/24/2019. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©
The Quest Kodiak is a versatile, light utility, all-weather aircraft produced by Quest Aircraft of the United States for both military and civilian markets. Its versatility allows it to be used in a variety of roles, from reconnaissance and general surveillance to skydiving, cargo transport, and passenger travel. The series was validated in 2007 and has since seen a period of consistent refinement over the last decade of service.

The Kodiak's design features a braced, high-wing monoplane for excellent lift-versus-drag, allowing the aircraft to better serve shorter runways in harder-to-reach areas of the world. The fuselage has slab-sides, dotted with panoramic windows for viewing, with the engine at the extreme nose of the design and the side-by-side cockpit directly aft. The passenger area makes up a bulk of the internal volume of the vehicle. The tail is tapered at its ventral line and carries a traditional, single-finned arrangement. The reinforced undercarriage, of conventional tricycle configuration, is wheeled at all three legs and fixed during flight, allowing for take-offs and landings from unprepared surfaces as well. This arrangement can be replaced with dual floatplanes for on-water landings and take-offs. Only one pilot is required to manage the aircraft. Ice protection is optional as is a "large tire upgrade" to increase landing weights.

The internal arrangement of the aircraft can be configured to suit the need: up to eight seats can be had in the maximum passenger configuration or the seats can be completely removed (leaving just the two pilot positions) for maximizing cargo space. Additionally, a mixed-cargo approach can be had which leaves some of the passenger seats in place while providing room for cargo still. For facilitating the loading and unloading of cargo, a large cargo door is fitted to the fuselage. Additional storage can be had with the optional cargo pod attached to the ventral side of the aircraft. A useful load of 3,535lb is reported.

Heavy automation has been built into the Kodiak's operation. The cockpit is dominated by three large, full-color displays running horizontally ahead of the two pilot positions and each position has access to hand-held yokes for control. The available onboard systems provide enhanced situational awareness and real-time reporting of various systems and sub-systems while assistance is provided for landing and take-off actions. Various avionics options are made available to operators including the Garmin GWX-70 pr WX-500 Stormscope weather radars, a turbulence detection system, Garmin SurfaceWatch, and GTS 800 TAS (Traffic Advisory System). Autopilot was added as a standard fit in 2015.

Quest Kodiak (Cont'd)

Light Utility Aircraft

Quest Kodiak (Cont'd)

Light Utility Aircraft

Power is from a single Pratt & Whitney Canada (PWC) PT6A-34 turboprop engine driving a four-bladed propeller unit at the nose - this engine series powers many such aircraft globally and is a proven successful design. Performance specs for the Kodiak include a maximum speed of 183 knots, an extended range of 1,132 nautical miles, and a climb-rate of 1,371 feet-per-minute. Take-off distance is 934 feet.

In its seaplane configuration, no major changes are made to the aircraft's existing structure beyond the loss of its tricycle undercarriage. The floatplanes themselves are wheeled to allow the aircraft to act as a true "amphibian", able to land and take-off from water sources while also being able to land and take-off from runways. Each floatplane is constructed of carbon fiber and made for salt water operation. In fact, the Kodiak was designed from the outset to offer this floatplane feature all the while retaining its land-based capabilities.

Since introduction, the Kodiak series has been used in recreational activities, humanitarian aid, VIP travel, produce transportation, wildlife protection (Botswana), and tourism (Panama).

The original production model is the Kodiak 100. The upgraded form of May 2018 is the Kodiak 100 Series II. This model introduces the Garmin G1000NXi avionics suite as well as tablet integration, an Angle-of-Attack (AoA) indicator and digital standby four instrument group. The "Air Claw" is the Kodiak platform modified by defense powerhouse Northrop Grumman to serve as an airborne surveillance system complete with Forward-Looking InfraRed (FLIR) and the Persistent Surveillance Systems Hawkeye wide-area sensor.

Production into 2018 has resulted in about 250 aircraft built in the Kodiak family line. Formal series introduction occurred during January of 2008.


Our Data Modules allow for quick visual reference when comparing a single entry against contemporary designs. Areas covered include general ratings, speed assessments, and relative ranges based on distances between major cities.

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Relative Maximum Speed
Hi: 300mph
Lo: 150mph
This entry's maximum listed speed (211mph).

Graph average of 225 miles-per-hour.
City-to-City Ranges
Graph showcases the Quest Kodiak's operational range (on internal fuel) when compared to distances between major cities.
Aviation Era
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Unit Production (250)
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units

  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.

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Supported Roles
Ground Attack
Aerial Tanker
A2A=Air-to-Air; UAV=Unmanned; CAS=Close Support; ASW=Anti-Submarine; AEW=Airborne Early Warning; MEDEVAC=Medical Evac; EW=Electronic Warfare; SAR=Search-Rescue
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Commitments / Honors
Military lapel ribbon for Operation Allied Force
Military lapel ribbon for the Arab-Israeli War
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Britain
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Midway
Military lapel ribbon for the Berlin Airlift
Military lapel ribbon for the Chaco War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cold War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cuban Missile Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for pioneering aircraft
Military lapel ribbon for the Falklands War
Military lapel ribbon for the French-Indochina War
Military lapel ribbon for the Golden Age of Flight
Military lapel ribbon for the 1991 Gulf War
Military lapel ribbon for the Indo-Pak Wars
Military lapel ribbon for the Iran-Iraq War
Military lapel ribbon for the Korean War
Military lapel ribbon for the 1982 Lebanon War
Military lapel ribbon for the Malayan Emergency
Military lapel ribbon representing modern aircraft
Military lapel ribbon for the attack on Pearl Harbor
Military lapel ribbon for the Six Day War
Military lapel ribbon for the Soviet-Afghan War
Military lapel ribbon for the Spanish Civil War
Military lapel ribbon for the Suez Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Vietnam War
Military lapel ribbon for Warsaw Pact of the Cold War-era
Military lapel ribbon for the WASP (WW2)
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 1
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 2
Military lapel ribbon for the Yom Kippur War
Military lapel ribbon for experimental x-plane aircraft
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