Monday, February 29, 2016

Quest Kodiak 100 Turbo-prop N150KQ Touches Down at Hamilton Island Airport

As the sun was setting on Monday 29 February, an interesting aircraft in the form of Quest Kodiak 100 N150KQ touched down at Hamilton Island Airport from Cairns.

The Quest Kodiak is a high-wing, unpressurized, single-engine turboprop-powered fixed tricycle landing gear aircraft built by Quest Aircraft, a Japanese owned aircraft manufacturer based in the United States of America.  The Kodiak is described as a utilitarian air vehicle capable of carrying 10 or more persons, using aluminium construction, short-field capability, and good useful load.  Large contributors to the Kodiak's STOL performance are a fixed, discontinuous leading edge on the outboard wing and the high performance Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-34 turboprop engine of 750 hp (559 kW).

Certainly a first for a Central Queensland Airport that I certainly know of!

Thanks to the fantastic FNQ Skies Blog for allowing us to use their great photos of N150KQ at Cairns Airport.

Photo taken by the FNQ Skies Blog  ©

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