|First flight||1 May 2012|
|Developed from||Gippsland GA8|
The GippsAero GA10 Airvan, marketed as the Airvan 10, is a 10-seat, turbo prop, single-engined utility aircraft currently being developed by GippsAero (formerly Gippsland Aeronautics) of Victoria, Australia.
Design and development
After successful development of the eight-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. With many piston-engined GA8 aircraft being operated in remote areas, the JetA/JetA1-powered GA10 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. 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. Similarly to the GA8, a STOL kit will be developed for the GA10.
Its 20-minute first flight was completed in May 2012. In mid-2015, the aircraft was planned to be certified in 2015, but later in the year no schedule was claimed. It was certificated by the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority on 19 May 2017, as well as the American Federal Aviation Administration.
In January 2018, two GA10s were flying: the prototype and the first production aircraft, which GippsAero hopes to deliver in the second half of 2018. The GA10 should be a capable intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) platform, after the piston GA8, carrying an electro-optical/infrared sensor (EO/IR) ball in a modified underside baggage bay for an unobstructed 360° view.
On 4 June 2018, within flight tests supported by the National Test Pilot School in different configurations from the Mojave Air & Space Port in southern California, a GA10 crashed in the Mojave Desert. The two pilots parachuted safely from about 5,000 ft (1,500 m) above ground.
On 24 August 2018, the first customer for GA10 Airvan was announced to be Major Blue Air, Botswana.
Data from Airvan 10 Brochure
- Crew: 1
- Capacity: 9 passengers or 635 kg freight (with full fuel), 164 ft³ / 4.43 m³
- Length: 33 ft 6 in (10.21 m)
- Wingspan: 40 ft 7 in (12.37 m)
- Height: 12 ft 9 in (3.89 m)
- Empty weight: 2,475 lb (1,123 kg) 
- Gross weight: 4,750 lb (2,155 kg)
- Fuel capacity: 153 U.S. gal (580l)
- Cabin: 45 in / 1.1 m high, 50 in / 1.3 m wide, 16 ft 1 in / 4.9 m long
- Powerplant: 1 × Rolls-Royce 250-B17F/2 turboprop, 451 hp (336 kW) 2,030 rpm
- Propellers: 3-bladed Hartzell HC-D3F-7H
- Maximum speed: 157 kn (181 mph; 291 km/h)
- Cruise speed: 145 kn (167 mph; 269 km/h)
- Range: 550 nmi (633 mi; 1,019 km) 1h IFR reserve, 700 nmi without
- Service ceiling: 20,000 ft (6,100 m)
- Rate of climb: 1,000 ft/min (5.1 m/s)
- Takeoff to 50 ft: 1,600 ft / 488 m
- Fuel burn: 24 gph / 92 l/h
Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era
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