GIPPSLAND AERONAUTICS PTY LTD
Involved since 1971 in design and modification programmes for a wide range of aircraft, from wooden homebuilts to pressurised turboprops. Conversion of five Piper Pawnees to two-seat configuration in second half of 1980s led eventually to a totally new design, the GA200 crop-sprayer. Second Gippsland aircraft, GA8 Airvan, first flew in 1995 and was delivered to customers from December 2000 onwards. First export Airvan flew in 2001.
Other activities include main spar life extension of Piper Navajo/Chieftain, of which 57 had been refurbished by October 2002.
In October 2002, Gippsland occupied 4,180 m2 (45,000 sq ft) of factory area; personnel totalled 90.