|Founded||Germany (1971 )|
André Hiebeler (CEO)Andreas Konle (CFO)
|Employees||150 (2013)|
|Parent||H3 Aerospace GmbH & Co KG|
The company was founded in 1971 by Dr Burkhart Grob, son of Ernst Grob, who had started producing internal combustion engines in 1926 and later made other parts for the automobile industry. Grob Aerospace became involved in glider manufacture in 1971 when it was sub-contracted by Schempp-Hirth to build the Standard Cirrus under licence. Burkhart Grob was a power pilot and a glider pilot already.
Two hundred Standard Cirruses were built by Grob at its own Tussenhausen-Mattsies airfield between 1971 and 1975. In 1974 Grob decided to continue with glider production independently using its experience with fibre-composite construction. Instead of building competitive gliders, they decided to build for the club market at competitive prices. The result was the G-102 Astir. The two-seat G 103 Twin Astir followed shortly after.
In the late 1970s Grob also decided to build the G 109, the world's first production all-composite motor glider which was certified in 1981. This was following by the G 115 which was certified by the FAA in 1987. In the late 1980s the G 520 Egrett/STRATO 1 high-altitude aircraft was produced which established five world records. Glider production ceased in 1996 and production concentrated on powered aircraft.
The Grob G180 SPn, six-passenger jet, first flew in 2005. The second prototype crashed shortly after takeoff on November 29, 2006 near the production plant in Germany. Chief test pilot Gérard Guillaumaud, the aircraft's sole occupant, was killed.
On 18 August 2008, Grob Aerospace filed for insolvency, suspending their light-jet production and calling into question timely delivery of Bombardier Aerospace's Learjet 85 prototypes which Grob was contracted to build. The company was unable to find any investors for its SPn jet project. Most employees were released on 3 November 2008.
Niall Olver, Grob's chief executive officer said:
|“||This unfortunate situation has arisen fairly rapidly off the back of recent delays in the SPn program, resulting in commensurately increased cash requirement to see the aircraft through to certification. Our current loan provider has elected to discontinue support, with immediate effect.||”|
On 16 December 2008 Grob insolvency administrator Dr. Michael Jaffé announced that two parties had expressed interest in taking over the insolvent company, Munich based H3 Aerospace and the Chinese Guizhou Aircraft Industry Corporation. Both companies offered about $4.5 million for Grob, with Guizhou also offering an additional $3.5 million for the SPn jet program.
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In January 2009 H3 Aerospace bought the training aircraft and support business of Grob Aerospace and renamed it Grob Aircraft AG. The training aircraft production, which had been halted in November 2008, was restarted in February 2009.
In April 2012 it was announced that Argentina's government-controlled Aircraft Factory FAdeA plans to produce 100 IA-63 Pampa II training and combat aircraft at its plant in Cordoba in association with Grob Aircraft AG. The Pampa II aircraft will have several parts for its updated version supplied by Grob.
- Produced by Grob Aircraft AG
- Grob G 115E - Trainer
- Grob G 120 - Trainer
- Grob G 120TP - Turboprop trainer
- Grob G 520 Egrett - High altitude reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft
- Produced by Grob Aerospace GmbH
- Grob G 102 Astir - single-seat composite construction Standard Class sailplane
- Grob G 103 - two-seat sailplane
- Grob G 104 Speed Astir - single-seat 15 metre Class sailplane
- Grob G 109 - self-launching two-seat motorglider
- Grob G 115 - Low wing all-composite two-seat aerobatic monoplane
- Grob G 116
- Grob G 120 - Trainer
- Grob G 140 four seat turboprop
- Grob GF 200 - Business aircraft
- Grob G 520 Egrett/STRATO 1
- Grob SPn business jet and variants
- HALE G 600 High altitude long endurance variant of the SPn
- Grob G 850 Strato 2c
Grob Aerospace's largest creditor did not approve the sale of the SPn to Guizhou Aircraft Industry Corporation and instead retained it. Niall Olver, Grob Aerospace's former CEO, was appointed by the creditor to find new investors to buy the SPn assets with the aim of restarting the program by June 2009. Olver indicated in March 2009 that the plan was to complete certification and commence production near the middle of 2012.
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