Quest KODIAK Modern STOL Design:
Because Short Take-Offs & Landings are Mandatory.
It’s no secret that backcountry airfield operations are challenging. Mountains, valleys, riverbeds and traversing wildlife can be a part of every landing. In these kind of conditions, low-speed control is essential with every hard banking turn you’ll make to clear terrain or obstacles on your final approach to find a runway threshold that may only appear seconds before touchdown. And you’ll need the ability to land at a slow speed to make a comfortable, controlled landing and get stopped as soon as you can, since backcountry runways are rarely considered “long”.
These regular challenges are why Quest developed the modern STOL design for the KODIAK.
Confidence Through Technology.
So how does modern STOL Design of the Quest KODIAK inspire confidence through technology?
Slipping into the tightest backcountry airstrips in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada or the mountainous areas of California may require high bank angles on final to avoid obstacles and precisely reach the airstrip threshold. Every knot over 70 means using more precious runway for rollout. This is where KODIAK’s discontinuous leading edge helps give a skilled pilot the ability to make this approach possible.
Here’s how: The outer section of the airfoil provides lift and full aileron control at airspeeds lower than comparably-sized airplanes can even fly. The sudden change in the airfoil halfway down the wing creates a vortex that keeps airflow moving where you need it most.
This is just one of many features that give you the confidence to fly at speeds and angles normally associated with aircraft half the KODIAK’s size.
Real Missions, Real Testing.
You may be thinking that backcountry airstrips may be a little extreme for a 10-place, turbine airplane – but this is the kind of operating environment that a utility aircraft like KODIAK is needed most. Through testing in real-life backcountry operations, Quest knows that KODIAK does more than just fly; it gets you safely back on the ground, even when there isn’t much ground to work with.