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Gippsland GA8

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GA8 Airvan
The prototype GA8 Airvan in front of the Latrobe Valley Aero Club circa 1999
Role Utility aircraft
National origin Australia
Manufacturer Gippsland Aeronautics
First flight 1996
Introduced December 2000
Primary user United States Civil Air Patrol
Produced 2000–present

The Gippsland GA8 Airvan is a single-engined utility aircraft manufactured by Gippsland Aeronautics of Victoria, Australia. It can seat eight including one pilot.

Development

The aircraft was designed to fill a market gap perceived by the manufacturer between the Cessna 206 and Caravan models. It is used in various roles, including passenger service, freight, sightseeing, parachuting, observation, and search & rescue.

As of August 2008, more than 130 Airvans had been produced and delivered.

A turbocharged version of the aircraft was planned since 2004, and the prototype turbocharged aircraft commenced flight testing in October 2006. In February 2009, Gippsland Aeronautocs announced that the Australian Civil Aviation Authority had issued an amendment to the GA8 type certificate to cover the turbocharged variant. The variant is known as the GA8-TC320 and is powered by a 320 HP Lycoming TIO-540-AH1A Turbocharged Fuel Injected Engine. The first deliveries took place in February 2009.

A turbine version of the Airvan is also planned.

A floatplane version has been considered by the manufacturer and was awaiting certification of the turbocharged engine version.

Operators


A Civil Air Patrol GA8 Airvan on takeoff during a mission following Hurricane Rita in 2005.
A Civil Air Patrol GA8 Airvan on takeoff during a mission following Hurricane Rita in 2005.
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Specifications

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Capacity: 7 passengers or freight
  • Length: 29 ft 4 in (8.9 m)
  • Wingspan: 40 ft 9 in (12.4 m)
  • Height: 12 ft 9 in (3.9 m)
  • Wing area: 214 ft² (19.85 m²)
  • Empty weight: 2200 lb (997 kg)
  • Gross weight: 4000 lb (1814 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Lycoming I0-540-K1A5 horizontally-opposed six-cylinder engine, 310 hp (231 kW)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 214 mph (343 km/h)
  • Cruise speed: 136 mph (217 km/h)
  • Range: 930 miles (1722 km)
  • Rate of climb: 787 ft/min (4 m/s)

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Published - July 2009














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