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Gippsland Aeronautics a step closer to launching new aircraft.

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27 October 2000            00/489 

GIPPSLAND AERONAUTICS A STEP CLOSER TO  LAUNCHING NEW AIRCRAFT   Victorian aviation company Gippsland Aeronautics is one step closer to supplying aircraft for domestic and international use. 

The Minister for Industry, Science and Resources, Nick Minchin today awarded the company with a Type Certificate for its GA8 Airvan, on behalf of Deputy Prime Minister John Anderson. 

The Type Certificate is an internationally recognised statement issued by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA). It proves the aircraft has met the required standards set out by CASA. This is based on an analysis of test results, design, manufacture and other data. 

"The Government's policy on aviation safety reform aims to position Australia as world leader in terms of its aviation safety regulatory environment," Senator Minchin said. 

"This includes the introduction of a modern certification system to encourage Australian aircraft manufacturers, the majority of whom are based in regional Australia, to expand their operations and enter the export market."  

Gippsland Aeronautics is a lead manufacturer of light aircraft in Australia and is based in the LaTrobe Valley. The company was formed in 1971 as a maintenance, modification and repair facility for light aircraft.  

After several years of modifying agricultural aircraft, the company decided to design its own agricultural aircraft, the GA200. More than 80 per cent of the business is in export. 

"This is a great success story. Gippsland Aeronautics has invested a lot of time and money into this unique aircraft and that commitment has paid dividends," Senator Minchin said. 

"The awarding of this Type Certificate is an important step towards Gippsland Aeronautics being able to start delivery of completed GA8 aircraft to Australian customers. It will pave the way for exporting the aircraft overseas." 

Work is under way to ensure the aircraft meets the necessary noise standards that apply to civil aircraft operating in Australian airspace. 

Contact:  Jennifer Eddy, Senator Minchin's office, 08 8237 7190 


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