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Airvan 10 gets its papers

India’s Mahindra Aerospace, a majority shareholder of Australian aircraft manufacturer GippsAero, announced that its 10-seat single-engine turboprop, the Airvan 10, has earned both its U.S. and Australian Part 23 type certificates.

Photo by Chris Westinghouse

The Airvan 10 is powered by a 450-shaft-horsepower Rolls-Royce M250 B-17F/2 and typically cruises at 145 knots. Its IFR range is listed as 550 nautical miles, and estimated price is $999,000. 

The unpressurized Airvan 10 is a stretched version of GippsAero’s Airvan 8, an eight-seat piston single powered by a 300-hp Lycoming IO-540 engine. Approximately 240 Airvan 8s are in service worldwide.

Like the Airvan 8, the Airvan 10 is designed as a heavy-duty utility aircraft, capable of cargo hauling, medevac missions, surveillance roles, and charter service. Its sturdy construction makes it especially suited for humanitarian missions where operations out of unimproved airstrips in remote areas are necessary.

Thomas A. Horne

Thomas A. Horne

AOPA Pilot Editor at Large
AOPA Pilot Editor at Large Tom Horne has worked at AOPA since the early 1980s. He began flying in 1975 and has an airline transport pilot and flight instructor certificates. He’s flown everything from ultralights to Gulfstreams and ferried numerous piston airplanes across the Atlantic.
Topics: Aircraft, Turbine Aircraft

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