March 2012 Issue
Gippsland GA8TC: Flies Sweet, Hauls a Lot
A turbo model is more for high density altitude than speed, but the airplane excels in the combined cargo/freight role.
The heavy-hauler aircraft niche is such a sub-specialty that not many dedicated models exist, with Cessnas Caravan being the most obvious success story. Pipers Saratoga and the 200 series from Cessna qualify, but none are devoted purely to the lots-of-people or the lots-of-boxes role. That certainly cant be said of the Gippsland Aeronautics GA-8 Airvan, an aircraft thats unabashedly devoted to hauling stuff. A lot of stuff. We were first introduced to the Airvan 10 years ago, just after it appeared as what we might now call the leading edge of the world or international airplane. Built in Australia, the model hasnt been a huge seller, but with about 170-plus flying, its gained a foothold.
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