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Garmin autopilot for KODIAK receives certification

Quest Aircraft Company has received final approval from the FAA for the integration of the Garmin GFC 700 Automatic Fight Control System (AFCS) in the KODIAK. The GFC 700 is an attitude-based autopilot which integrates completely with the G1000 avionics systems and provides excellent stability and control of the aircraft. Deliveries of KODIAKs equipped with the Garmin GFC 700 will begin in the middle of the 4th quarter.

“The GFC 700 was designed specifically for turbine aircraft and incorporates the safety and performance features found in this class of aircraft,” said Sam Hill, Quest President and CEO. “It is well suited to the variety and type of missions our customers fly and complements the G1000 avionics system that is standard equipment on the KODIAK.” The KODIAK was the first turboprop installation of the G1000 avionics suite.

The GFC 700 provides flight director, autopilot, yaw damper, automatic and manual electric trim capabilities and brings a high level of digital sophistication to general aviation flight control. The system provides additional coupling to vertical navigation and airspeed hold. To complement the robust airframe, Quest has enhanced many of the safety and performance features of the GFC 700-equipped KODIAK.

Standard features of the KODIAK GFC 700 system include Electronic Stability Protection (ESP), which assists the pilot in maintaining the airplane in a safe flight condition and underspeed protection, which prevents the airplane from decelerating below established minimum airspeeds and allows for coupled go-arounds. With a takeoff and go-around button conveniently located on the side of the power lever, the pilot merely presses the TO/GA button and pushes the power lever forward during a missed approach. This greatly reduces workload during a critical phase of flight.

“Our customers have been extremely pleased with the G1000 and the integration of the GFC 700 autopilot will enhance the KODIAK's performance, capability and reliability,” added Steve Zinda, Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “The GFC 700 will also be available as an aftermarket retrofit for the existing KODIAK fleet, and we already have several installations scheduled.”

Quest has seen strong market acceptance in key market segments around the world, including personal use, Part 135 operations, government, and humanitarian organizations.

The KODIAK is certified in 17 countries, with several additional certifications imminent.

The company will continue to support the S-Tec 55x autopilot, both with training and service requirements.

Press release issued by Quest Aircraft Company on September 8, 2014


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