In The Works: Grob-Werke G160 Ranger

 - December 10, 2007, 6:33 AM

Flight testing of the 1,800-nm G160 Ranger, which first flew last March, continues at Grob-Werke’s aviation facility in Tussenhausen, Germany. If all testing goes as planned, the seven-seat turboprop single will receive FAA/EASA certification in the third quarter.

After being fitted with a tail spin chute, a G160 Ranger test aircraft recently fulfilled spin-testing certification requirements, performing more than 180 spins flown in 13 different configurations. According to Grob-Werke, the aircraft was “completely controllable” during all of the intentionally initiated spins.

In fact, the company said, “The use of [the anti-spin chute] was not necessary due to the perfect spin and spin-recovery characteristics of the Ranger.” It also reported that the G160’s flight characteristics are “exemplary and fully confirm the design of its flight controls.”

As of January 7, the Ranger test aircraft had logged about 60 flight hours in 105 test missions. During the 165 takeoffs and landings, the turboprop single had been tested on grass and snow-covered runways. Grob also noted that the $2.56 million airplane’s robust trailing-link landing gear has “proved its worth.”

Meanwhile, flight testing of the company’s four-seat G140TP turboprop single is also continuing in Tussenhausen, in anticipation of FAA/EASA approval sometime before April. Range of the $1.34 million airplane is 1,050 nm.