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APRIL 2011 AUSTRALIAN AVIATION
but will be powered by a Rolls-Royce 250
B17F2 turboprop engine.
"Our goal is to retain the successful GA8
design and to use current production parts
to provide a strong support solution across
the globe" said GippsAero's engineering
manager Gerhard Jordaan.
e rst metal cuts for the prototype
GA10 was expected in March, ahead of a
rst ight planned for October. e aircraft
is planned for certi cation to FAR Part 23
in 2012, ahead of the public debut of the
rst GA10 at the 2013 Avalon Airshow.
AEROMIL TO OPEN FLYING
Cessna agent Aeromil Paci c announced
that it has submitted plans to Cessna to
open its own ying school which will be
aimed at ser ving potential Cessna buyers.
e decision to start the ying school
came after the company recently displayed
an aircraft in the Sydney CBD, which
resulted in a number of enquiries relating
to ight training by a number of young
"Whilst we could farm them out to y-
ing schools, we felt that there was a distinct
lack of new equipment around and these
guys wanted the latest generation equip-
ment such as the Garmin 1000 [avionics
suite] in the 172, so that led us to start
thinking about doing something," manag-
ing director Steve Padgett explained.
Subject to CASA approval, it is expected
that the school will be operating later this
year, initially from Aeromil's hangar at
Bankstown Airport, while it will also estab-
lish a ight training school at its head-
quarters in the Sunshine Coast. Initially
the school will use an unspeci ed number
of Cessna 172s and 162s, and will focus
exclusively on training private individuals
using courseware adapted from the Cessna
Flying Centres in the US.
Aeromil displayed the new 162 Sky-
catcher single piston (the rst on the Aus-
tralian register, and the rst to be exported)
and Citation CJ4 business jet at Avalon.
PIPER APPOINTS LOCAL SALES
Piper Aircraft Company has appointed
Piper Australia Aircraft Sales as its
Australian sales agent, the manufacturer
announced at Avalon.
Piper Australia Aircraft Sales is an
associate company of Moorabbin Fly-
ing Services, which already operates an
all-Piper eet of aircraft, primarily in ight
"We have chosen one of the best and most
experienced Piper ying organisations in
Australia to be our new aircraft sales agent
on this great continent," said Jackie Carlon,
Piper Aircraft's director of marketing. "As
we expand our global visibility it will be a
great help that Piper Australia Aircraft Sales
knows our airplanes inside and out. We are
thrilled to be collaborating with such an
excellent company at one of the largest avia-
tion venues in the southern hemisphere."
Piper Australia Aircraft Sales exhibited
three Piper aircraft at the airshow -- a Ma-
trix, Warrior and Seminole.
RAAF HERON AT AVALON
e RAAF displayed its new Heron
Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) for the
rst time at Avalon.
e one-tonne unmanned aircraft is
capable of medium altitude, long endurance
reconnaissance ights, and was on display
at Avalon over the course of the airshow
trade days March 1 to 4.
e Heron, which is operated under a
lease arrangement from Canadian rm
MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associ-
ates, has been ying combat operations
in Afghanistan since January 2010. e
RAAF's Amberley based 5 Flight are the
current operators of the Heron, responsi-
ble for the selection, force preparation and
operational Heron ying training of RPA
operators and support personnel before
they deploy on coalition operations in
Equipped with a number of infrared and
optical sensors, the Heron can y for up to
24 hours with a maximum range of 250km.
is allows it to download real time video
imagery that can viewed by Australian
soldiers in a high threat, mission critical
combat environment. e new capability
represents the forefront of the RAAF's
evolution to an integrated and network
centric force. " is imagery can give our
ground commanders a comprehensive
understanding of the situation around
them during both day and night," 5FLT's
WGCDR Lyle Holt said.
"We continue to learn lessons on how we
can best support the guys on the ground
in Afghanistan. And during the last 12
months and 3600 ying hours, our training
and documentation was evolving to apply
ON SHOW The RAAF's Super Hornet made its Avalon debut. (Seth Jaworski)
COMING SOON The turbine GA10 is on track to make its public debut at the 2013 Avalon Airshow.
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