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21
Jun

GippsAero

Speeches

MR RICH-PHILLIPS (South Eastern Metropolitan) (09:48:33) — Earlier this month I had the opportunity to once against visit GippsAero, the only manufacturer of certified aircraft in Australia, based in the Latrobe Valley. GippsAero has operated from the Latrobe Valley regional airport for more than 40 years. Initially it started manufacturing agricultural aircraft, and in the last two decades it has expanded to building the GA8 Airvan utility aircraft, which is a piston-engine utility aircraft which has found popular acceptance in tourism, in police and surveillance work, in utility work and in transport work around the world. More recently GippsAero has expanded to manufacture the GA10 Airvan, which is a new turboprop aircraft, which has recently received Australian certification. It is a very complex and expensive process, and it is one of the very few aircraft which has received certification in Australia.

GippsAero has been a success around the world. It is now exporting its aircraft through Asia, through North America and increasingly into Africa, and it has succeeded in achieving sales to police forces throughout the United States. Unfortunately GippsAero has not been able to achieve acceptance here in Victoria. We have a successful product exported around the world and used around the world by police forces, but still Victoria Police and the Victorian government will not accept this local product as suitable for local needs. I would call on the Victorian government and Victoria Police to support local manufacturers, to support GippsAero and to ensure that we see the GA8 in service with Victoria Police quickly.
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