GippsAero GA10 completes first flight

GippsAero has completed first flight of its GA10 entry-level turboprop. (GippsAero)

GippsAero has completed first flight of its new GA10 single turboprop.

Powered by a Rolls-Royce 250 engine and based on GippsAero’s GA8 Airvan, the ten-seat GA10 will be marketed to a variety of roles including passenger and freight transport, air survey and surveillance. GippsAero, which is owned by Indian automaker Mahindra, hopes to begin shipping the GA10 next year.

“The GA10 will bring an entry level turboprop utility aircraft to the market place enabling operators to make the not inconsiderable step of moving from piston to turboprop power,” GippsAero CEO Terry Miles said. “The projected low purchase price and low operating costs of the GA10, coupled with its great versatility, will offer operators a commercially viable multi role turbo prop aircraft.”

The 20-minute first flight was completed at GippsAero’s home base at Latrobe Regional Airport earlier this month.