Gippsland Aeronautics / GippsAero Pty Ltd
Approved manufacture and maintenance facility established in 1971. Also developed and offers piston-engined GA-200 Fatman single/two-seat agricultural aircraft with an 800-liter hopper (first flown March 1991) and the AGTrainer as dual-control training model, plus latest GA-8 Airvan piston-engined 8/9-seat general-purpose utility monoplane suited to operations from unprepared and short airstrips (first flown March 1995).
Latrobe Valley, Australia.
The name changed to GippsAero Pty Ltd as of 6 May 2010.
Mr Mahindra, vice-chairman and managing director of the $7 billion conglomerate that bears his family’s name, aspired to turn the group’s aerospace arm into an Indian version of the Brazilian Embraer. The Mahindra brand is better known for its tractors and utility vehicles, and building a regional jet is a complex and time consuming business that usually starts with the production of much smaller turbo prop aircraft. To speed up the process Mahindra agreed to pay about $40 million for a controlling stake in two small Australian aviation companies, Gippsland Aeronautics and Melbourne-based component maker Aerostaff Australia.
Gippsland Aeronautics, based in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley and maker of the popular 8-seat GA8 Skyvan utility plane, planed to beef up its range with an updated 18-seat version of the controversial Australian-made Nomad twin turbo-prop. It bought the rights to the Nomad’s type certification in 2008.