(Photo credit: Grant Aviation)
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.
Production version with a Textron Lycoming IO-540-K1A5 engine.
Variant with a Textron Lycoming TIO-540-AH1A engine.
- 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 × Textron Lycoming IO-540-K1A air-cooled flat-six 300 hp
- Propellers: 2-bladed Hartzel F8475R constant speed propeller
- 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
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!