Botswana on a Quest for anti-poaching and law enforcement with Kodiak
Botswana's Ministry of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism has taken delivery of a Quest Kodiak. The aircraft was officially delivered in a ceremony held in Gaborone on Tuesday.
The Kodiak will be used for anti-poaching and law enforcement as well as
various other departmental missions. With the recent ban on hunting, Botswana is well known for its position on anti-poaching and the Kodiak will be an integral part of enforcing that ban moving forward. The country is at the forefront of animal preservation efforts in Africa.
Botswana has the highest elephant population on the continent, and also maintains a growing Rhino sanctuary.
Representatives from the Quest factory and Quest’s dealer for Africa, SkyQuest Kodiak Sales Africa and their partner CDC Aviation, presented the keys to the Kodiak to the Honourable Tshekedi Khama, Minister of the Environment, Wildlife and Tourism.
Kodiaks are in use throughout Africa in a variety of operations.
“Botswana has made an extraordinary commitment to wildlife preservation and anti-poaching efforts said,” Nick Newby, senior vice president of sales, marketing and customer service.
The Kodiak’s rugged aluminum construction offers proven turbine reliability with the Pratt & Whitney PT6 turbine engine. It has the ability to land and take off from unimproved surfaces and is capable of working off floats without structural upgrades. The Kodiak can take off in under 1,000 feet at full gross takeoff weight of 7,255 lbs and climb at over 1,300 feet per minute.
Kodiaks are in operation around the globe. Key market segments include personal use, business/corporate use, Part 135 operations, government and humanitarian organizations. The Kodiak has received 23 certifications covering 33 countries.
Pictured (L-r): Quest and CDC Representatives with Minister Khama, Ministry Staff, Chief Pilot for Department of Wildlife and National Parks.