San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Selects the GA8 Airvan for Surveillance Mission Capabilities
SANTA ANA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Following an extensive review of available platforms, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department (SBCSD) has selected the GippsAero-Mahindra Aerospace GA8 Airvan as its next generation ISR mission platform. Replacing its current fleet of Cessna aircraft, the GA8 Airvans are being acquired to expand mission capabilities and lower operational costs.
“The Airvan provides outstanding hot and high capabilities, which is imperative in our operational environment. The Airvan is an all-around performer, which made it the easy choice as our next generation surveillance and mission support aircraft.”
“We operate in desert to mountain topography from sea level (and below) to over 14,000 feet in highly challenging conditions,” states Captain Dale Gregory, Flight Department Head. “We required a multi-mission capable, high performance aircraft which can handle the variety of missions and environments in which we operate. The Airvan proved to be the best surveillance platform for the money to address our needs.”
GippsAero, a division of Mahindra Aerospace, has been producing the FAA certified Airvan since 2001. With a highly successful track record of ISR mission utilization by the government of Australia, the Airvan is also in daily service in the United States with a fleet of 16 mission aircraft flown by the USAF Auxiliary Civil Air Patrol and has delivered over 200 Airvans worldwide.
Wayne Pliss, Chief Fixed Wing Pilot for SBCSD, adds, “The Airvan provides outstanding hot and high capabilities, which is imperative in our operational environment. The Airvan is an all-around performer, which made it the easy choice as our next generation surveillance and mission support aircraft.”
To learn more about the unique configurations and mission capabilities the Airvan provides ISR operators, please visit: www.wcas.aero/airvan.
The GA8 Airvan – Versatile. Rugged. Spacious. Affordable: The GA8 Airvan has been used extensively by utility operators worldwide and now brings its unmatched load carrying ability, reliability and durability to the American market. For more information about the GA8 Airvan by GippsAero, a division of Mahindra Aerospace, please visit www.ga8airvan.com.
About San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department
Responsible for surveillance and support operations in the largest county in the United States, the Flight Department of San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department conducts multiple fixed and rotor wing missions on a daily basis.
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