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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.

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