GippsAero sells first Airvan GA-10 into Botswana
On Monday 20 August Mahindra the holding company of GippsAero announced the sale of the first GA-10 Airvan to Major Blue a charter and scenic flight operator based at Maun International Airport in Botswana. Presently Maun airport has 31 Airvan GA-8s in operation with six operators. The GA8 TC version features one Textron Lycoming TIO-540-AH1A cylinder direct drive fuel injected turbo charged engine rated at 320hp. This light utility aircraft is operated by one pilot and provides seating for seven passengers. Most operators were present at a dinner hosted by Airvan Africa at the Maun Lodge when the announcements were made by Keith Douglas, CEO of Airvan Australia.
Three important announcements were made:
1) An Airvan spares depot is to be established in Maun
2) The Sub-dealer for Airvan Africa will be Aviation Craft in Botswana
3) The first Airvan GA-10 sold to Major Blue Charters owned by Mr Singh from Botswana
Mr S.P. Shukla (group president) Mahindra Aerospace and Defence introduced the Airvan GA-8 operators to the sheer size of the Mahindra Group, which employs in excess of 240 000 people world wide.
The Rolls Royce turboprop Airvan GA-10 was developed and certified by GippsAero, Australia. This aircraft has been under development for two and a half years. The GA-10 Airvan is also certified by the US Federal Aviation Administration, the Botswana Civil Aviation Authority and the South African Civil Aviation Authority. This version is basically a stretched GA-8 operated by a single pilot and can carry nine passengers. Very few new aircraft types have been certified post 2000 and the GA-10 will be the newest certified aircraft to enter African skies. By 2019 the type will also be certified for floats. Assembly takes place in two different parts of the factory so that parts will not be mixed up.
The Rolls Royce turboprop engine delivers 450 shaft horse power (shp) for take-off and 380 shp for cruise.
Gippsland Aeronautics is based in the Latrobe Valley in south eastern Australia. Airvan Africa (Pty) Ltd is the exclusive distributor of GA8 and GA10 Airvans in Africa