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Australian aerospace sales and product support
company Hawker Paci c has delivered the rst
Beechcra King Air 350C to enter aeromedical
ser vice in Australia to the Royal Flying Doctor
Ser vice (RFDS).
e RFDS South Eastern Section ordered ve
aircra -- two King Air 350Cs and three King Air
B200Cs -- for operation under contract to the Air
Ambulance Ser vices New South Wales.
The King Air B200C commonly operates
aeromedical services in Australia, but Hawker
Paci c says the King Air 350C, with its utility,
versatility, larger cabin and economics, is also well-
suited to such special operations missions. e
aircra was modi ed for its role at Hawker Paci c s
Cairns maintenance, repair and overhaul facility. n
Australian general aviation aircraft manufacturer
GippsAero was hoping to cut metal for its rst GA10
turboprop by the end of March. e GA10 is a stretched
version of the manufacturer s GA8 Air van, which has
been delivered around the world.
e Rolls Royce 250 B17F2-powered GA10 will be
based on the high-wing, low-cost design of the GA8,
says Terry Miles, the manufacturer s chief executive
o cer. e project is currently in the prototype design
e Victoria-based company, which is now owned
by India s Mahindra Group, is aiming to y a prototype
of the eight to 10-seater in October, with certi cation
and rst deliveries following by 2013. e aircra is set
to make its debut at the Australian International Air
Show in 2013.
e development programme has followed on from
extensive market surveys on the GA10 and the GA18,
which is the relaunched Nomad.
"We re sur veying the market in order to get the
de nitions right and to really understand the niche,"
says Miles, adding that its surveys are showing a lot of
interest in both types. Longstanding GA8 customer,
Mission Aviation Fellowship, for example, is particularly
supportive of the GA10 development, says Miles.
First ight of the GA18 is scheduled for late 2013,
with deliveries to follow in 2014.
e development of both aircra has been made
possible through the purchase of GippsAero by
Mahindra Aerospace in late 2009, with the Indian
company investing US$20 million in GippsAero
product development over the next two years.
Developments are unlikely to stop there, with the
company eyeing a long-term strateg y that could include
the development of a new low-wing family of aircra
with 50 or 70 seats, Miles says.
Meanwhile, development of the popular GA8
continues, with the manufacturer nalising details of a
oatplane version of the turbocharged GA8TC, to be
developed with Wipaire and brought to market in 2012.
e oat-equipped aircra will feature Wipaire 3450
oats and ight-testing is scheduled to start in October.
GippsAero believes the GA8TC is an ideal oatplane
due to its large, square-section cabin, payload and docile
handling characteristics. ere is a lot of interest in the
new version of the aircra from potential customers in
Florida, Alaska and in Europe, says Miles.
In addition, the manufacturer has received approval
for an increase in maximum takeo weight (MTOW)
for the GA8 and GA8TC. All new Airvans from
serial number 163 onwards will be delivered with the
increased MTOW, allowing operators to increase useful
load by 200lb, while existing customers will be able to
operate at the new weight by implementing a service
e move follows a 10-month development and
testing programme in consultation with the Civil
Aviation Safety Authority. " e increase to MTOW
is an enhancement we ve been working towards for
some time and I am delighted to be able to provide this
capability to new and existing customers," Miles says. n
AUSTRALIANS are looking forward to
taking 70 percent more flights overseas,
in luxurious comfort with ubiquitous
networking by 2050, according to a
consumer survey conducted by Airbus. The
survey involved 1,107 Australians aged over
16 years. Three out of four respondents
said they think people will be flying more
in the future, with many also saying they
want more privacy in future cabin designs.
Respondents also requested full digital
connectivity in-flight, including the ability
to plug-and-play personal MP3 players,
download music and movies online, access
social networking sites and surf the web
via in-flight entertainment systems. The
survey was part of Airbus's effort to engage
passengers in developing its vision for eco-
efficient aviation of the future.
GULFSTREAM'S LOCAL sales representative
Svensen Management Services (SMS) has
passed five years of service for the business
jet manufacturer. The Melbourne-based
company has been an authorised sales
representative for Gulfstream since 2006,
during which time Gulfstream sales in the
country have steadily grown.
GippsAero ready to go
The new GA10 will be based on the popular GA8 Airvan.
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