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LONGVIEW (KYTX) - LeTourneau University is inviting the public to get a close-up view of a new airplane that is making a big impact across the world. 

A Quest Kodiak airplane is scheduled to make a stop-off at LeTourneau University's Abbott Aviation Center, 200 Airpark Dr., on a publicity tour for Mission Aviation Fellowship at 4 p.m. Monday, April 7.  One of the two pilots, Scott Channon, is an LETU alumnus.   

The Quest Kodiak is a new and impressive aircraft with a clean-sheet design specifically for missionary work in some of the remotest parts of the world with excellent performance. MAF currently owns 10 of these new airplanes.

The Kodiak is produced by the Quest Aircraft Company of Sandpoint, Idaho. It is powered by a turboprop engine that burns jet fuel, which is much more readily available around the world compared to existing aviation gasoline. The airplane is also equipped with very powerful and modern Garmin G1000 avionics system. 

"LeTourneau alumni were very instrumental in the design and certification of the Quest Kodiak," said Fred Ritchey, LETU dean of the School of Aeronautical Science.  "A number of our alumni were involved in the engineering side of the airplane including the head of engineering.  Additionally, the chief pilot at Quest aircraft is a LeTourneau grad." 

Ritchey said the community is invited to come see this new aircraft and learn more about MAF and LETU and how God is using missionary pilots to serve in the developing world. LETU offers an aviation degree program specifically suited to missions aviation.

Kent and Amy Embleton, 2012 graduates of LETU, are new MAF missionaries assigned to Mozambique, Africa, following the birth of their first child here in Longview in the coming months. They will be available, along with the Quest Kodiak pilots, Scott Channon and Tim Imbrock, and LETU missionary-in-residence Phil Manning to answer questions. 

For more information, contact Kent Embleton at kembleton@maf.org.

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