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In August 2010, Ben Esterhuizen, owner and Accountable Manager of Wonderboom based 208 Aviation went to Sandpoint, Idaho in the USA to complete his factory training on the Quest Kodiak 100 aircraft.

While at the factory an acceptance inspection was done on behalf of Dr Eugene Meyer, owner of the first Quest Kodiak 100 to be imported into South Africa. Ferry tanks were fitted to the Kodiak and the long journey back to South Africa started early one Thursday morning. The ferry lasted a total of five days before finally arriving at Lanseria Airport.

Mr Eric Gates, Technical Service manager at Quest Aircraft Company assisted 208 Aviation with the import of the first Kodiak into South Africa and the process of becoming a Kodiak authorised service centre was set in motion.

In late 2013, Quest Aircraft Company approved 208 Aviation as an Authorised Service Centre for Kodiak in Southern Africa. 208 Aviation are now fully equipped to carry out routine maintenance and factory warranty work on the Quest Kodiak as well as a variety of other turbine type aircraft.

Over the past three years, 208 Aviation have maintained the several Kodiak aircraft based in Southern Africa. Esterhuizen says, "In our experience the Kodiak is a robust aircraft, especially manufactured to operate in harsh African conditions coping very well and displaying an excellent service ability track record. With proven multi-mission capabilities, the reliable and versatile Kodiak is the right aircraft for any mission. We look forward to welcoming you and your Kodiak to our maintenance facility at Wonderboom Airport."

Ben Esterhuizen can be contacted by phone +27 83 744 3412 or email: ben@208aviation.co.za

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