On Friday, March 15, 2002, Australia's Minister of Trade, Mark Valle officiated at the welcoming ceremony for new GA-8 Airvan at Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport.
Manufactured in Australia's rural Victoria by Gippsland Aeronautics the 8 passenger single-engine aircraft is deemed well-suited to serve Indonesia's tourism and mining sectors. "Australians have been coming to Bali for years for holidays - now when they're enjoying the sights of this beautiful part of the world, they might be flying in an aircraft made in regional Victoria," Mr. Valle said.
The first of an initial six aircraft ordered, the plane will reportedly be used for local tour operations.
The Gippsland GA-8 flies at 120 knots and has a range of 650 miles.
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