Market For Twin-Turboprop Could Surpass 400 Units
Boeing subsidiary Boeing Australia Limited sold certification
authority this week for the twin-turboprop Nomad aircraft to
Australia-based general aviation manufacturer Gippsland
The sale includes technical and spares sales support and all
intellectual property for the Nomad aircraft worldwide. Financial
terms are not being disclosed.
"The Nomad has a bright future," said David Withers, president
of Boeing Australia Limited. "We're delighted with Gippsland's plan
to continue providing outstanding support to existing customers
while greatly expanding the market for this remarkably versatile,
The Hon. Greg Combet MP, the Commonwealth of Australia
Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Procurement, said the
government has supported the Nomad program since its
"Our desire for the Nomad type certificate to remain in
Australia has been fully realized through this sale to Gippsland
Aeronautics," Combet said.
Gippsland Aeronautics Chairman Gary Wight said Gippsland is
pleased to be part of the Nomad's future. "We're committed to
continuing the high standard of support Boeing has delivered to
existing Nomad operators around the world," he said.
Wight added Gippsland was looking forward to possibly presenting
the aircraft to the world market as the Next-Generation Nomad. "The
versatile Nomad will complement Gippsland's rugged GA8 Airvan
multirole utility aircraft," he said.
Global demand for the Nomad could exceed 400 aircraft in the
next 10 years, according to independent research carried out by
Australian firm Connell Wagner and Asia Pacific Air Services on
The Australian Government Aircraft Factory, later renamed
Aerospace Technologies of Australia Ltd. (ASTA), designed the Nomad
in 1965. The first prototype flew in 1971, and production concluded
in 1984. Fifty-four Nomads remain operational worldwide.
Boeing Australia Limited acquired the Nomad type certificate in
1996 after The Boeing Company purchased the Rockwell group of
businesses, including ASTA. Boeing maintained ASTA's close working
relationship with the Commonwealth to support and maintain the
aircraft's regulatory type requirements.