Thursday, July 28, 2011

GippsAERO and Rolls to partner

Posted by Neelam Mathews
July 28, 2011

The aircraft manufacturing division of Mahindra Aerospace, GippsAERO, and Rolls Royce have signed an agreement to partner on engine technology for a new aircraft.
The signing was held at AirVentures 2011 in Oshkosh. The agreement will be to integrate the M250 B-17F/2 Rolls Royce engine into the GA10 aircraft.
The GA10, GippsAERO’s offering in general aviation, is currently being developed by GippsAERO at its Morwell, Australia plant. The parties will work together to obtain Type Certification for the GA10 aircraft. The GA10 project is currently in the prototype design phase with certification process to begin in March 2012 and entry into service scheduled for 2013.
Terry Miles, CEO of GippsAERO said: “The development of the GA10 TP will add a new dimension to the GippsAERO product range, and with M250 B-17F/2 power will open new market segments across the globe since the aircraft will offer lowest cost per seat in its class and best in class STOL capability.”
The agreement also provides Rolls-Royce with the opportunity to examine the potential of using the RR500 turboprop engine, currently in development, for future applications.
GippsAERO, the Australian manufacturer of the GA8 Airvan, 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 USA, Australia, Europe, Africa and Asia.

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