Grob G 120TP
|Grob G 120TP|
|Developed from||Grob G-120|
The Grob G 120TP is a two-seat turboprop training and aerobatic low-wing aircraft with a composite airframe, built by Grob Aircraft. It is based on the Grob G 120A training aircraft and has been developed for military and civil pilots training. It has a retractable tricycle landing gear and a low tailplane.
Design and development
Designed to be a further development of the G 120A, the G 120TP turned during the development process into a nearly new type of aircraft. Due to the new powertrain, the G 120TP offers new capabilities for basic and advanced pilot training where it can be used as a lead in for a jet trainer.
The cockpit provides room for students and teachers wearing military equipment and helmets. The HOTAS control system is similar to that found in other types of aircraft that students may fly later in their careers. Therefore, basic and advanced flight training for future transport aircraft, helicopter or jet pilots will be possible. The cockpit is equipped with movable seats, or optionally, the new Martin-Baker Mk.17 lightweight ejection seats. The instrument panel can be equipped with a 4-screen Genesys Aerosystems IDU-680 EFIS. An autopilot and air conditioning system are available as well as an oxygen system and second thrust lever.
- Argentina is the second operator of the G 120TP. Deliveries of the first batch of four aircraft started in June 2013, with a total delivery of 10 aircraft(+5).
- The launch customer for the G 120TP was the Indonesian Air Force, which operates a fleet of 24 aircraft plus additional 6 follow-up orders, as well as a G 120TP – Flight Training Device.
- The Royal Jordanian Air Force (RJAF) awarded Grob Aircraft an order to supply 14 aircraft among which one CBT System and one G 120TP FTD for elementary pilot training. The aircraft entered service in April 2017. Around that same time Grob confirmed it had delivered 12 of the 14 ordered aircraft. In January 2018, the Bundeswehr announced it had donated two aircraft to Jordan.
- The Mexican Air Force (FAM) has selected the Grob G 120TP as its new elementary trainer. The contract contains 25 aircraft (+15) equipped with the Genesys Aerosytems EFIS IDU-680. The delivery of the first batch was in February 2015 and final batch in February 2016. The training will be completed by a Computer Based Training (CBT) System and four G 120TP Flight Training Devices.
- The Myanmar Air Force operates a fleet of 20 G 120TP (+10) training aircraft equipped with Genesys Aerosystems EFIS IDU-680. The pilot training will be supported by a CBT System and one G 120TP FTD.
- United Kingdom
- The UK Military Flying Training System (MFTS) provides tri-service Elementary Flying Training to British military pilots on a fleet of 23 G 120TPs.
- The system replaces separate flying fixed-wing and rotary training programs for the Royal Air Force, Royal Navy and Army Air Corps. The service provider Ascent uses the G 120TP together with the Beechcraft T-6 to provide initial, basic and advanced training.
- United States
- The United States Army selected the G 120TP to provide comprehensive initial and recurrent training for more than 600 U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force fixed-wing pilots annually, covering transition of army rotary-wing aviators and training of army initial-entry fixed-wing students.
- Together with CAE USA, Grob Aircraft will provide turnkey training services including academic, simulator, and live flying training with a total of 6 aircraft, 1 Flight Training Device and 1 Procedures Trainer at a new training center to be built at Dothan Regional Airport in Alabama, close to the U.S. Army's Aviation Center of Excellence (USAACE) at Fort Rucker.
Data from Grob
- Crew: one
- Capacity: one passenger
- Length: 8.4 m (27 ft 7 in)
- Wingspan: 10.3 m (33 ft 10 in)
- Height: 2.7 m (8 ft 10 in)
- Wing area: 13.5 m2 (145 sq ft)
- Empty weight: 1,095 kg (2,414 lb)
- Max takeoff weight: 1,590 kg (3,505 lb)
- Fuel capacity: 360 litres (79 imp gal; 95 US gal)
- Powerplant: 1 × Rolls-Royce M250-B17F Turboprop aircraft engine, 340 kW (456 hp)
- Propellers: 5-bladed MT Propeller, 2.1 m (6 ft 11 in) diameter
- Maximum speed: 454 km/h; 282 mph (245 kn)
- Cruise speed: 435 km/h; 270 mph (235 kn) (at MCP, 10,000 ft)
- Stall speed: 107 km/h; 67 mph (58 kn) (MSL, landing configuration)
- Range: 1,074 km; 667 mi (580 nmi) at 5,000 ft and 75% power
- Ferry range: 1,361 km; 846 mi (735 nmi) at 10,000 ft and 45% power
- Endurance: 6 hours at 10,000 ft and maximum endurance power setting
- Service ceiling: 7,600 m (25,000 ft)
- g limits: +6/-4G
- Rate of climb: 14.08 m/s (2,772 ft/min)
- EFIS Genesys Aerosystems IDU-680
- Garmin GTN 650/750 (optional)
- Sandel SN3500 EHSI (optional)
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- Flightglobal – IN FOCUS: Grob Aircraft bullish over more G 120TP sales
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- The Jakarta Post - RI first class air force on horizon: Minister
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- IHS Jane's 360 - Mexico selects Grob trainer
- Vuela - EXCLUSIVA: La Fuerza Aérea Mexicana compra 25 aeronaves turbohélice Grob G120TP
- Grob Training Systems - G 120TP Flight Training Device
- Defense News - Elbit-KBR Team Tapped for UK Trainer Competition
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- Marketwatch - CAE USA wins U.S. Army contract to provide comprehensive training for fixed-wing pilots
- Grob Aircraft (n.d.). "Grob G 120TP Technical Specifications". Retrieved 20 March 2012.
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