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Quest hands over its 100th Kodiak aircraft at recent Sandpoint ceremony

Sandpoint's Quest Aircraft Company handed over its 100th Kodiak aircraft in a recent ceremony at the company headquarters.

The 100th aircraft went to Sunstate Aviation, based in Phoenix. Representatives of the company’s owner, Mike Watts, were on hand to accept delivery of their new single-prop aircraft. SunState is a flight training company.

“The Kodiak is the perfect aircraft for us,” said Watts in a prepared release. “It has the performance capabilities I was looking for and a cabin with the right mix of personal comfort and space for baggage and other equipment that we need.”

The Kodiak is a 10-place turboprop utility airplane, designed for short takeoff or landing (STOL) use and float capability.

Quest was established in 2001 and began deliveries of the Kodiak in December 2007.

The Kodiak aluminum construction combines superior STOL performance and high useful load. It's designed especially to operate in remote areas with limited or unimproved surfaces.

Sandpoint’s Quest Aviation chosen as Idaho Small Business of the Day

It's National Small Business Week, and Idaho Sen. Jim Risch chose Sandpoint's Quest Aircraft as the state's Small Business of the Day.

The company was honored in Monday's Congressional Record of the United States Senate.

The company produces the highly regarded Kodiak single-prop aircraft, used by many church missions because of its versatility and short runway performance.

It's also sold to government agencies and nonprofits around the world.

After starting in 1998 with less than 15 employees, the privately held company now has nearly 200 workers worldwide.

The company's social mission includes using profits to donate approximately every 10th airplane produced to a not-for-profit humanitarian organization.

A press release noted Risch is the highest-ranking Republican on the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

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

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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