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There is a new util­ity tur­bo­prop in town pro­vid­ing a lower-cost al­ter­na­tive to the Cessna Car­a­van and Quest Ko­diak. Mahindra Aerospace’s Airvan 10 — a 10-seat sin­gle-en­gine tur­bo­prop — achieved type cer­ti­fi­ca­tion from the Australian Civil Avi­a­tion Safety Au­thor­ity and the FAA.

The Airvan 10 is a stretched ver­sion of the pis­ton­pow­ered, eight-seat Airvan 8. Pow­ered by a 450 shp Rolls Royce M250 en­gine, bring­ing the hauler to a typ­i­cal cruise speed of 145 knots, the Airvan 10 is sig­nif­i­cantly slower than the higher-pow­ered Car­a­van and Ko­diak. How­ever, less power also trans­lates to a lower op­er­at­ing cost and, at around $1.7 mil­lion, the Airvan 10 de­liv­ers sig­nif­i­cant cost sav­ings up­front.

With a full fuel pay­load of 1,400 pounds and a 550 nm range with re­serves, the rugged air­plane pro­vides a good util­ity plat­form for use in pas­sen­ger or cargo trans­port, sky­div­ing op­er­a­tions, spe­cial mis­sions and back­coun­try op­er­a­tions. Aus­tralia’s Gipp­saero, the orig­i­nal de­signer for the Airvan, con­tin­ues to sup­port the prod­uct in­tro­duc­tion.

Cus­tomer-spe­cific en­hance­ments are now be­ing made, and the first Airvan 10 de­liv­ery is sched­uled for early 2018.

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