Grob G 120

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Grob G 120
Grob G 120A Take Off.jpg
Lufthansa Grob G 120A at the Lufthansa Airline Training Center Arizona
Role Trainer
National origin Germany
Manufacturer Grob Aircraft
First flight 1999
Status Active in production
Primary users French Air and Space Force
Israeli Air Force
Royal Canadian Air Force
German Air Force
Produced 1999-present
Developed from Grob G 115
Variants Grob G 120TP

The Grob G 120 is a two-seat training and aerobatic low-wing aircraft with a carbon composite airframe, built by Grob Aircraft. It is based on the Grob G 115TA training aircraft and is specially designed for military and civil pilots training. It has a tricycle landing gear and a low tailplane.

Design and development[edit]

The airframe is made of carbon fibre reinforced plastic and is stressed to +6/-4g. Its minimum service life is just over 15,000 flight hours.[citation needed]

The cockpit provides room for students wearing military equipment and helmets. The plane is equipped with movable seats and rudder pedals and an air conditioning system. A second thrust lever is available.[citation needed]

Variants[edit]

G 120A
Piston powered version with a Lycoming AEIO-540-D4D5 six cylinder, four-stroke, air-cooled piston aircraft engine producing 260 hp (194 kW).[1]
G 120TP
Turboprop powered version with a Rolls Royce 250-B17F aircraft engine producing 456 shp (340 kW) for take-off.[2]

Operators[edit]

One of six G 120A of the Kenya Air Force
Grob G-120A badge worn by a Canadian military student pilot from 3 CFFTS
Grob G120A used by RCAF
 Canada
 France
 Germany
 Israel
 Kenya

Specifications (G 120A)[edit]

Data from Jane's All The World's Aircraft 2003–2004[6]

General characteristics

  • Crew: Two
  • Length: 8.605 m (28 ft 3 in)
  • Wingspan: 10.19 m (33 ft 5 in)
  • Height: 2.57 m (8 ft 5 in)
  • Wing area: 13.29 m2 (143.1 sq ft)
  • Airfoil: Eppler E884
  • Empty weight: 960 kg (2,116 lb)
  • Gross weight: 1,440 kg (3,175 lb)
  • Max takeoff weight: 1,490 kg (3,285 lb) (Utility)[7]
  • Fuel capacity: 256 litres (56 imp gal; 68 US gal)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Lycoming AEIO-540-D4D5 air-cooled flat-six, 190 kW (260 hp)
  • Propellers: 3-bladed Hartzell HC-C3YR-1RF/F7663R, 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) diameter [7]

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 319 km/h (198 mph, 172 kn)
  • Cruise speed: 307 km/h (191 mph, 166 kn) at 75% power (1,500 m (5,000 ft))
  • Stall speed: 102 km/h (63 mph, 55 kn) with full flaps
  • Never exceed speed: 435 km/h (270 mph, 235 kn)
  • Range: 1,540 km (960 mi, 830 nmi) at 8,000 ft (2,400 m) and 45% power)
  • Endurance: 6.35 hours at 10,000 ft and maximum endurance power setting[7]
  • Service ceiling: 5,500 m (18,000 ft)
  • g limits: +6/-4G
  • Rate of climb: 6.5 m/s (1,280 ft/min)

Avionics

See also[edit]

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration, and era

References[edit]

  1. ^ Grob Aircraft (n.d.). "The basic training aircraft success story". Retrieved 20 March 2012.
  2. ^ Grob Aircraft (n.d.). "G 120 TP – The intelligent training solution of the 21st century". Retrieved 20 March 2012.
  3. ^ Transport Canada listing of aircraft owned by "Allied Wings"
  4. ^ a b c d e "Fleet Customers". Grob Aircraft. Retrieved 12 March 2020.
  5. ^ IDF confirms Air Force pilot, cadet killed in training mission
  6. ^ Jackson 2003, pp. 166–167.
  7. ^ a b c Grob Aircraft (n.d.). "Grob 120A Technical Specifications". Retrieved 20 March 2012.
  • Grob G 115,120 and 140 Information brochure and Technical Datasheet (Grob Aerospace Sales Department, 2004)
  • Jackson, Paul. Jane's All The World's Aircraft 2003–2004. Coulsdon, UK: Jane's Information Group, 2003. ISBN 0-7106-2537-5.

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