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Quest receives approval for Kodiak Ice Protection

Nov. 23, 2010, Salina, Kan. - Quest Aircraft Company has received final approval from the FAA for the KODIAK’s Ice Protection System (IPS).


November 23, 2010
By Carey Fredericks

The system has been installed on three KODIAKs so far, and is now fully operational. Kodiak’s TKS™ ice protection system is manufactured by CAV Aerospace Inc., and is widely recognized as the most effective ice protection available for today's general aviation aircraft for flight-into-known-icing (FIKI).

“Since receiving our type certification in 2007, we have continued to work on enhancements and improvements to the KODIAK,” stated Paul Schaller, Quest Aircraft’s President and CEO. “Ice protection is an option that many of our customers have been looking forward to having available to them and we are very pleased that the system is now certified, especially as we move into the winter flying months.”

Retrofits
CAV’s TKS ice protection system works by exuding a measured amount of glycol-based ice protection fluid through precision laser-drilled microscopic holes in wing leading edges fashioned of titanium, along with a dispersion mechanism for propellers. IPS can be retrofitted to any existing KODIAK or installed new during production.

The system does not require additional external fittings such as a cargo pod and fits directly to the standard airframe. It protects the wing leading edges, vertical tail, horizontal tail, landing gear, struts, propeller and the windshield. The robust system meets all flight-into-known-icing requirements (FIKI).

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Adds Flexibility
“Adding proven TKS ice protection to the KODIAK adds yet another dimension to an aircraft that already demonstrates great versatility,” said CAV Aerospace President Kevin Hawley.

“Our testing successfully demonstrated the effectiveness of the KODIAK IPS, which will greatly enhance the aircraft’s safety and dispatch reliability,” Schaller added. “The KODIAK, by design, is intended for rugged operational use. The certified IPS is another reflection of the inherent capabilities the KODIAK offers users. We have seen interest from all of our key market segments, including personal use, Part 135 operations, government, corporate, special operations and humanitarian organizations.”