Nomad 40 Years Young

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    http://www.gippsaero.com/articles/files/Nomad_40_Years_Young__3_.pdf

    GIPPSAERO , A Mahindra Aerospace Company


    40 years ago this month the Australian designed and built GAF Nomad multi role aircraft first flew.
    A healthy number of Nomads are still active around the world and Australian aircraft manufacturer
    GippsAero, a Mahindra Aerospace Company, is working hard to bring its Nomad based GA18 twin
    turbine multi role aircraft into production.

    The Nomad began life in the late 1960s at the Government Aircraft Factories (GAF), near Melbourne
    as Project N. The Australian Government, which was keen to maintain aircraft production skills at
    GAF after the Mirage III fighter production ended, funded the building of two prototypes in January1970 for the twin-engined, multi-purpose transport market.

    The first prototype (VH-SUP) flew for the first time on 23 July 1971 with Stewart Pearce at the
    controls. The aircraft, known as the N2, was aimed at both military and civilian markets. The
    designation was changed to N22and became theN22B in production. Many examples of the 12 seat
    N22Bhave been used in various roles around the world. An 18 seat development was designated the
    N24 and later the N24A (with an increase in Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW)).

    In 1972 the government approved an initial production run of 20 Nomads, including 11 for the
    Australian Army. The Army Nomads were known as Mission Mastersand were delivered between
    1975 and 1977. The Australian Defence Forces eventually operated 29 Nomads, including 8 N24s.
    The Nomad is operated by the military services of the Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia, and was
    alsoflown by the Papua New Guinea Defence Force.Major civil users included the Royal Flying Doctor
    Service, Northern Territory Medical Service, Northern Territory Aerial Works, Skywest Airlines,
    Australian Customs, many Commuter airlines in Australia, Holland, PNG, the USA and the US
    Customs service.
     
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    A total of 172 Nomads, including the two prototypes, were manufactured and the following variants
    were offered.
    • N2 Nomad - Prototype, two built.
    • N22 - Initial production version- Only one built.
    • N22B - 10 passenger version, MTOW 8,500lb.
    • N22C - MTOW increased to 4,050 kilograms (9,100lb).
    • N22S -Searchmaster- B and L models
    • N22F - Floatmaster - Amphibian float version.
    • N24 -Aeromedical role transport aircraft with a fuselage lengthened by 3ft 9in (1.14m) 6 built.
    • N.24A - Improved commuter version for 18 passengers, MTOW 9,400lb, 37 built.

    In 1986, GAF was incorporated into Aerospace Technologies of Australia, which was later sold to the
    Rockwell.Boeing Australia Limited acquired the Nomad Type Certificate in 1996 after The Boeing
    Company purchased the Rockwell Group including ASTA. Boeing maintained ASTA’s close working
    relationship with the Commonwealth to support and maintain the aircraft’s Type Certificate
    requirements.

    On 2008, GippsAero, the manufacturer of the GA8 Airvan utility aircraft, announced they had acquired
    the Nomad's Type Certificate with a view to restarting production and would provide engineering and
    spares support to the existing Nomad fleet. GippsAero’s parent company, Mahindra Aerospace, has
    since committed funding to return the type to production as the GA18.


    The N24A based GA18 will be re-engineered with upgraded engines, new propellers, glass cockpit,
    weight-saving measures, reduced maintenance requirements and aerodynamic refinements.
    Following an extensive development and test program, the type will be certificated to FAR 23 at
    Amendment 59.GippsAero plans to bring the GA18 to the market place in 2014.


    As of 20 July 2011there are several operational Nomads in the armed services of Indonesia (15),
    Thailand (16) and the Philippines (3), with another 26 aircraft are classed as being in storage. In the
    civil world there is one Nomad in the UK, three in Sabah and an amphibian in the USA.
    In Australia there is one operational Nomad,an N22C VH-ATO, with another four in New Zealand.
    One of these, a N24A ZK-NMC, has now been purchased by GippsAero and following its return to
    Australia, will become the developmental aircraftfor the GippsAero GA18.

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    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    Isn't this the aircraft used by Australia's Flying Doctors?
     
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    Today very few Nomads left .

    (as per wiki ) Operators : Civil Operator :

    Australia :
    Air Pioneer - Currently owns the last remaining Australian Registered Nomad VH-ATO
    Airlines of Tasmania
    Australian Customs Service
    National Safety Council of Australia
    Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia
    Sunstate Airlines .

    nowadays they fly :

    PC-12 Pilatus , [​IMG]

    King Air B200 , [​IMG]

    Cessna Grand Caravan C208 , [​IMG]

    Hawker 800XP2 [​IMG]
     
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    I remember when cable TV was introduced, we had two Australian programmes - Neighbours (Kylie Minogue) and Flying Doctors.

    That is why the aircraft looked familiar!
     
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    The Flying Doctors ....



    ..... are on their way to be the best they can! Tom Callaghan, Chris Randall, Kate Wellings und Pilot David Gibson are doing everything to save the lives of the people in the outback. Music: Coloured Stone -- Australia Dance Remix .....
     
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    Nomad 40, years after a same location and same work capcity very nice...........
     
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    GAF NOMAD

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