With our acquisition of Gipps Aero in 2009, we leapt forward in becoming an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) for the production of light utility aircraft. Gipps Aero handles all aspects of aircraft development, production, marketing and after-sales support and cultivates rich, long-term customer relationships.
We develop and manufacture a family of 2-20-seat utility aircraft sold in more than 30 countries to commercial business operators, government agencies and not-for-profit organizations. We hold Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) approval for engineering, maintenance, manufacturing and modifications and own the Type Certificates for three unique aircraft types: GA200, GA8 and GA18. More than 200 of these aircraft are in service worldwide.
We succeed by providing standard utility products configured to customer-specific needs that offer best-in-practice operating cost. Our full-service portfolio maintains, modifies and upgrades the installed fleet. This strategy also helped us penetrate the US market with a high-profile win against Cessna to supply 16 aircraft to the Civil Air Patrol, an auxiliary arm of the US Air Force.
Our aircraft development, manufacturing, and maintenance facility is situated in the Latrobe Valley of Australia. We have end-to-end airframe manufacturing capabilities including CNC equipment, airframe-specific jigs and tools, inspection authorizations, and a paint shop, all approved by regulators of aircraft manufacture. We maintain a core engineering team working to develop GA8 derivatives, a product support cell to provide customers with spares and technical support, and a maintenance hangar equipped for own design and third-party aircraft.
Working together with Mahindra Aerospace’s India-based design engineering team (a DGCA-approved design organization), we are committed to expanding our portfolio to produce a family of aircraft with the common theme of cost-effective utility for developed and emerging markets worldwide.