GippsAero announced Tuesday that its new GA10 turboprop flew for the first time on May 1. The aircraft uses a Rolls-Royce 250 engine and the company says it's "the first single turboprop to be designed and developed in Australia." As the name implies, the GA10 has two more seats than the piston GA8 and is expected to pack the extra payload with even better performance than the already-capable piston airplane.
The first flight went well, according to GippsAero, and the niche the company is aiming for is looking for an occupant. "The GA10 will bring an entry-level turboprop utility aircraft to the market place enabling operators to make the not inconsiderable step of moving from piston to turboprop power," said CEO Dr. Terry Miles. "The projected low purchase price and low operating costs of the GA10, coupled with its great versatility, will offer operators a commercially viable multi-role turboprop aircraft."