Mahindra Aerospace has received important safety certifications for its Airvan 10, a 10-seater, single-engine turboprop aircraft, from Australian and American authorities.
The move opens up a bigger market for the small plane, especially in India, with the government looking to bring 200 smaller airports into the aviation network.
Conglomerate Mahindra and Mahindra’s general aviation aircraft unit produces Airvan 8 and Airvan 10 aircraft. Mahindra’s Australia-based aircraft manufacturer, formerly GippsAero, has been working on the 10-seat version of Airvan 8 utility aircraft since 2011, with its first flight completed in 2012.
On Monday, the company announced that Airvan 10 bagged its FAR 23 Type Certificate from the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority, followed by the US Type Certificate issued by the US Federal Aviation Administration.
The certification endorses airworthiness standards of smaller airplanes, and relates to structural loads, airframe, performance, stability, controllability and safety mechanisms.
SP Shukla, Chairman, Mahindra Aerospace, and Group President - Aerospace and Defence, Mahindra Group, termed the certification a cornerstone for civil aviation. “This certification, under stringent safety standards in place today, aligns with Mahindra Group’s focus on introducing world-class products in the fast-changing general aviation world, which will be dominated significantly by turboprops in this class of
aircraft,” he said.
He added that it enhanced the company’s global reach, with a specific focus on large markets for regional connectivity such as India, the US and Africa.
Airvan has not yet received approval from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation. However, the aircraft is certified in over 42 countries, and over 220 Airvan 8s are in service.
Source: The Hindu BusinessLine