GippsAero GA10

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GA10 Airvan
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GA10 prototype
Role Utility aircraft/Transport
National origin Australia
Manufacturer GippsAero
First flight 1 May 2012
Produced 2012-present
Developed from Gippsland GA8

The GippsAero GA10 Airvan is a ten-seat, turbo prop, single-engined utility aircraft currently being developed by GippsAero (formerly Gippsland Aeronautics) of Victoria, Australia.[1]

Design and development[edit]

After successful development of the 8-seat GA8 Airvan piston-engined aircraft, the design has been stretched and re-engined with a turboprop engine to increase seating and payload capacity, resulting in the GA10.[2] With many piston-engined GA-8 aircraft being operated in remote areas, the JetA/JetA1-powered GA-10 is intended to appeal to general aviation customers.

The GA10 retains the aerodynamic design of the GA8 and the intent is to retain as many current production parts as possible.[3] Similarly to the GA8, a STOL kit will be developed for the GA10.

Its 20-minute first flight was completed in May 2012,[4] with the aircraft planning for type certification to FAR 23 standard in mid-2013.[3][5]

Anticipated performance figures have not yet been released, but a design requirement is for a five-hour endurance with eight occupants (including pilot), and a maximum fuel load of 550 litres.[3]

Specifications[edit]

Data from GippsAero.[3][5]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Capacity: 9 passengers or freight
  • Empty weight: 2300 lb (1066 kg)
  • Gross weight: 4750 lb (2150 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Rolls-Royce 250-B17F/2 turboprop engine, 450 hp (313 kW)

Performance

  • Endurance: 5 hours

See also[edit]

Related development
Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "GA10 to fly later this year". Australian Aviation. 5 March 2011. Retrieved 9 July 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "GippsAero's GA10 project on track". Australian Flying. 3 March 2011. Retrieved 9 July 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "GippsAero Newsletter, November 2010". GippsAero. November 2010. Retrieved 9 July 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "GippsAero GA10 completes first flight". Australian Aviation. 22 May 2012. Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c "GippsAero Newsletter, March 2011". GippsAero. March 2011. Retrieved 9 July 2011. 

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