Soloy Aviation Solutions has been tapped to provide assembly, and technical support for GippsAERO’s Airvan for all North American orders.
CEO Terry Miles comments: “We are strategically implementing Airvan maintenance centers to penetrate the market and ensure the Airvan is a viable aircraft for operators in the United States. Soloy is a welcome addition to the growing North American strategy as they have unparalleled capabilities to assemble, service and support GA8 Airvans in the region.”
Soloy Aviation Solutions, incorporated in 1969 and located in Olympia Washington, provides a range of aviation-related services including retrofits, reassembly, and aircraft parts/accessories/kits.
GippsAERO identified North America as a region of focus in early 2011 and has been committed to strengthening its presence since. “This significant next step of assembly on USA soil is another tick for their ongoing plan following agreements they have put in place in the last six months to appoint Muncie Aviation and Flightline Group as dealers,” company officials said in a prepared statement. “Understanding that many of the high value components of the aircraft originate from America (engine, propeller, avionics etc), it makes good commercial sense to ship critical aircraft components from Australia for local assembly to reduce lead time and improve flexibility in delivering a more customized solution for the North American market.”
GippsAero, the Australian manufacturer of the GA8 AIRVAN, is the aircraft manufacturing division of Mahindra Aerospace. The company has manufactured more than 200 aircraft, which fly in 34 countries around the world, including USA, Australia, Europe, Africa and Asia.