The 10-seat Taska, a turboprop derivative of the Gippsland Aeronautics GA-8 Airvan piston single, “is only at the concept stage,” according to Michael Hall, Gippsland marketing director. “I would expect at least 12 months before we have a prototype flying,” he told AIN in February.
Meanwhile, Gippsland announced that the eight-seat GA-8 would be the first Part 23 general aviation airplane to offer an Amsafe seat-belt-mounted airbag system as a customer-specified option. Amsafe Aviation of Phoenix, Ariz., has been installing its inflatable restraint systems in airliners since February 2001. The version for general aviation aircraft is expected to be certified in the middle of this year.