The airplane of mission aviation future has finally become a reality!
The Quest Kodiak:
I'm pleased and very excited to announce that MAF has just received their very first Kodiak airplane! This is a HUGE development, especially in the mission aviation world, as the airplane was specifically and intentionally designed, built, and customized for use in missions! It boasts a very reliable 750 horsepower turbine engine, extremely strong landing gear to absorb the abuse airplanes take when landing and taking off on grass, dirt, and gravel airstrips. It seats 10 people (including the pilot), and perhaps best of all are its performance figures:
Takeoff roll = 760 feet!
Landing roll = 915 feet!
Useful Load = 3,100 pounds!
All of these things are greatly desired when flying in a mission environment. You want to be able to land and take off in very short distances, but still be able to carry a lot of passengers and supplies. And perhaps the best part of all is that the turbine engine runs on jet fuel (diesel), which is readily available all over the world for $4-$5 a gallon. Long the workhorse of the mission aviation world, the Cessna 206 (what I trained in at Moody), runs on "Avgas," a more refined version of auto gas. It is becoming less and less available, and generally costs 3-4 times as much as jet fuel. MAF's 206 fleet is also getting old and worn out...most were made in the late 70's or early 80's.
The Kodiak will significantly reduce operating costs as it can carry 3 times as much as a 206 in one flight, while still being able to land and take off on the same short airstrips! This airplane is going to revolutionize the mission community! Thank God with us as this is a huge blessing, and the Word of God will continue to go forth!