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Quest Aircraft will find new CEO, and starts to increase Kodiak production

Spokane Turbine Center’s Quest Kodiak sits on the tarmac outside the executive terminal at Spokane International Airport on  May 5. (Andrew Zahler)
Spokane Turbine Center’s Quest Kodiak sits on the tarmac outside the executive terminal at Spokane International Airport on May 5. (Andrew Zahler)

The CEO of Sandpoint airplane manufacturer Quest Aircraft Company is stepping aside, at the same time the company has said it’s boosting production of its highly regarded Kodiak.

Paul Schaller, who’s been in the CEO seat at the privately held firm since 2004, has become a consultant to the company. No reason was offered for his change of job.

Ron Wright, director of operations, is taking over as acting general manager at the Sandpoint manufacturing facility. The board will begin a search for a new CEO, said spokeswoman Julie Stone.

Orders for Kodiaks, which sell for roughly $1.6 million, have increased as the general aviation industry starts to recover. The company is gearing up to produce three aircraft per month, an increase from two per month earlier this year.

The company produced 14 Kodiaks during 2010. The single-turboprop aircraft is popular for flying into rugged terrain and for using jet fuel.




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