MAHINDRA’S AIRVAN 10 GETS CERTIFIED
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.