For both P&WC and Quest, the week-long is a great opportunity to reach out to both customers and enthusiasts. Quest will have three aircraft on display, and Mark will spend the event talking to Kodiak fans and prospective customers, educating people less familiar with the aircraft and doing demo flights before and after. The company is also sponsoring an auction to raise money for EAA's Young Eagles program.
Besides the commercial benefits, Quest was eager to sponsor the air shows because the event, and the EAA which organizes it, plays an important role in bringing people in general aviation together and supporting the community.
“General aviation is something that we in the United States take for granted, but I’ve flown the Kodiak in some 50 countries on six of seven continents, and I’ve seen first-hand what can happen when there is lack of support. It could fall by the wayside, which is why support is so important,” notes Mark.
Oshkosh is all about people who fly their own airplanes and who are passionate about aircraft of all shapes and sizes. It lets people touch and feel the aircraft and see what they’re like.
- MARK BROWN, MARKETING DIRECTOR AND FACTORY DEMO PILOT, QUEST AIRCRAFT
A Lifelong Love of Flying
Mark completed his first solo flight on his 16th birthday, before he even had a driver’s license. Flying has always been something he wanted to do. “One of my first memories is of watching my brother take off in a T-38 when he was going through pilot training,” he recalls.
He briefly pursued a career in finance but soon realized that he would rather be flying than sitting behind a desk. After accumulating flying hours through a variety of jobs, he was hired by Quest. His passion for aviation is inspired by a love of travel and the freedom that flight offers. He remains as enthusiastic as ever – as is evident from the amount of time he spends flying each year.
Last year, he travelled for 300 days, talking to fans and prospective customers almost daily. This year, he took part in a month-long tour of Canada and the United States, visiting Quest dealers throughout North America to demonstrate the Kodiak's seaplane capabilities and educate customers about its benefits as the fastest certified float plane currently produced and the only airplane that is ready to be equipped with floats when it leaves the factory.
The tour wrapped up at the end of June and Mark is already eager for his next PT6A-powered flying adventure so that he can continue to share his passion for aviation with others.
“Like most pilots say, an airplane cockpit is the best office in the world. You’re free up there. Whether you’re in a Piper Cub flying at 500 feet or a jet flying at 40,000 feet, the feeling’s the same. The problems you may have, when both feet are on the ground, are put in perspective when you're flying. That’s what I really love about it,” concludes Mark.
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Photo courtesy of Mark Brown and Quest Aircraft