Grob Unveils Business Jet at Paris Air Show
Tussenhausen, Germany-based Grob-Werke made an unexpected announcement yesterday at the Paris Air Show, revealing that it had designed and built an all-composite light business jet that it plans to fly next month. The 13,889-pound-mtow SPn Utility Jet will seat up to nine passengers and have an approach speed of around 100 knots, balanced field length of 3,000 feet and a landing distance (ISA, sl, mlw) of 2,950 feet. Carrying six passengers and a pilot, the twinjet will be able to fly 1,800 nm. Powered by a pair of Williams FJ44-3A turbofans, the aircraft is expected to receive EASA approval in the first quarter of 2007 under commuter rules for single-pilot operations. FAA certification, also under Part 23 commuter rules (as is the certification goal of the Sino Swearingen SJ30-2), is scheduled for the second quarter of 2007. The $7.1 million SPn will have a 375-knot long-range cruise speed and a max cruise speed of 407 knots. Meanwhile, Grob plans to certify two new turboprop singles this year.