Say goodbye to the Gipps imprimatur on its line of general aviation aircraft. India’s Mahindra Aerospace, which bought Australia-based GippsAero in 2009, is renaming its piston GA8 single the Airvan 8 and its under-development turboprop-single GA10 the Airvan 10. Mahindra also announced yesterday at EAA AirVenture that the Airvan 8 would be available on optional Wipline amphibious aluminum floats by year-end and that it is now taking nonrefundable deposits on the Airvan 10. It said it expects Airvan 10 certification in 2015.
This turboprop single is powered by a 450-shp Rolls-Royce 250 B-17 engine and features a 50-inch-wide sliding cargo door. It has a full-fuel payload of 1,400 pounds, a range of 550 nm with IFR reserves and a cruising speed of 145 ktas.
Mahindra also unveiled a new company logo. “The new logo and naming is closely aligned with Mahindra’s brand identity, encompassing both aircraft and component manufacture for Indian and global markets,” said Arvind Mehra, executive director and global CEO of Mahindra Aerospace. “The new identity combines the Airvan name with the numbers 8 and 10 signifying seat capacity,” he said.
The Mahindra Group is a $16.5 billion company employing 180,000 in more than 100 countries.