City, community, and aviation leaders came together recently at Flightline Group’s Technical Service facility in Tallahassee, Florida, to welcome executives from GippsAERO, the Australian based manufacturer of the GA8 Airvan utility aircraft, and their parent company, Mahindra Aerospace, from Mumbai, India. The Mahindra Aerospace/GippsAERO team was in town to finalize the agreement to appoint Flightline Group as a dealer for the GippsAERO GA8 Utility Aircraft and future GippsAERO models. Flightline Group is a regional group of companies dedicated to providing extraordinary aviation sales and aviation support services through facilities in Florida and Tennessee. GippsAero is the aircraft manufacturing division of Mahindra Aerospace. The company has manufactured in excess of 200 aircraft, which fly in 34 countries around the world, including the United States, Australia, and countries in Europe, Africa, and Asia.
Flightline will represent GippsAERO products across the southeastern United States, covering the Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee, Arkansas, South Carolina, and North Carolina. Flightline companies have a long history of successful general aviation sales and customer support in the southeastern United States for piston-powered, turboprop-powered, and turbojet-powered personal and business aircraft. Arvind Mehra, Executive Vice President and CEO of Mahindra Aerospace said of the deal, “We enter into our dealership agreements with an eye towards building long-term relationships with our dealer partners and with our customers and owners. We believe that Flightline and the other North American dealers we hope to sign soon will help us grow market awareness and visibility in North America while providing an additional level of value to our current GA8 and GA10 owners and future customers.”
Paul “Mac” Langston, Flightline Group’s Chairman of the Board said, “The whole team at Flightline Group is honored to partner with the GippsAERO and Mahindra Aerospace team to bring the high-utility GA8 Airvan to the American marketplace. We believe in the GippsAERO team and in their vision and ability to design, build, and deliver an aircraft that provides a highly-sought level of utility, at a truly impressive level of quality, providing for unprecedented ruggedness and versatility. We look forward to introducing the GA8 Airvan and the future GippsAERO products to the aviation market in the southeastern U.S.”
The GA8 Airvan is a single-engine, piston-powered aircraft, available in a normally-aspirated or turbocharged version. The GA8 allows for eight individual forward-facing seats, including crew and up to thirty-two cubic feet of baggage space, with a large, comfortable cabin with center aisle and easy access. The performance envelope and cabin design allows the aircraft to be used across a broad range of demanding uses, including passenger transport, freight transport, special missions, law enforcement, humanitarian aid, search and rescue, ambulance, and medivac, among others. The Airvan is designed and built to the highest standard of structural integrity and flight handling characteristics. It boasts a low noise footprint and low carbon emissions while still being versatile, rugged, safe, and economical.
Building on the success of the GA8, GippsAERO is in the flight-testing phase of their development program to bring the GA10 single-engine turboprop powered ten-seat aircraft to the market. Construction of the manufacturing facility for the GA10 has begun in Australia, and Australian and FAA certification is expected in early 2013.
Dr. Terry Miles, CEO of GippsAERO, added, “Flightline Group embodies the dedication to customer service and satisfaction that our customers demand. GippsAERO is excited about partnering with Flightline and our partnership complements our shared vision for the future. We will be introducing additional North American dealers in the coming weeks, and we are confident that our new distribution network will increase our responsiveness to this important market.”