GippsAero GA-8 Airvan

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GippsAero GA-8 Airvan

The GA-8 Airvan is a single-engine utility aircraft that is built by GippsAero of Australia. The Airvan It can seat eight, including the pilot.
The aircraft was designed to fill a market niche perceived by the manufacturer between the Cessna 206 and Cessna 208. It is used in various roles, including passenger services; freight; sightseeing; parachuting; observation and search and rescue.
The GA8 is popular with air charter companies, skydiving operators and small feeder air carriers. Larger operators include the Civil Air Patrol, which operates 18 of them for Search and Rescue, . Mission Aviation Fellowship Australia operates eleven Airvans, providing air-transport services in developing countries.
The Lesotho Defence Force operates one.

Variants of the GA-8 Airvan

  • GA8
    Production version with a Textron Lycoming IO-540-K1A5 engine.

  • GA8-TC-320
    Variant with a Textron Lycoming TIO-540-AH1A engine.

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Capacity: 7 passengers
  • Length: 29 ft 4 in
  • Wingspan: 40 ft 3 in
  • Height: 12 ft 9 in
  • Empty weight: 2,198 lb (997 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 3,999 lb (1,814 kg )
  • Fuel capacity: 74.8 Gallons
  • Powerplant: 1 Ɨ Textron Lycoming IO-540-K1A air-cooled flat-six 300 hp
  • Propellers: 2-bladed Hartzel F8475R constant speed propeller

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 130 kn at 5,000 ft
  • Cruise speed: 120 kn 10,000 ft
  • Stall speed: 52 kn (flaps down)
  • Range: 730 nmi
  • Endurance: 6 hr
  • Service ceiling: 20,000 ft
  • Rate of climb: 788 ft/min

Why I think this should be in game?

As IF continues to peruse more general aviation related aircraft, the airvan would be a perfect fit. With it being able to operate from short airfields, the Airvan would fit right in. People would enjoy flying this in the bush of Alaska, or Australia!

Lovely stubby 208. With a stall speed like that Iā€™m gonna have to look around for a vote.

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Lol stubby 208

Certainly going to consider voting, I see these all the time.

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Do it, we need more GA in game and this be a great fit!

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Ganna bump this _ Think this would be perfect for IF!

It would be so awesome if we could get this in IF.
We would have another turboprop and another CAP livery!

2 year bump but Iā€™d agree, beautiful underpowered aircraft. šŸ˜‚

Took these on one of my O-Rides.

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I want to see this so bad in the sim!

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nice one!

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