Grob Offers New Cockpits; Wins Mexico Order for G 120TP

 - July 28, 2014, 6:30 PM
Seen here departing the Farnborough Air Show on July 18, the Grob G120TP trainer and the Grob Egrett surveillance aircraft. Inset: the new G 120TP cockpit has been developed in cooperation with Genesys Aerosystems. (photos: Chris Pocock)

Grob Aircraft revealed another military customer for the G 120TP turboprop trainer. The Mexican air force has ordered 25 and optioned another 15 in a deal worth about $110 million including ground-based training aids. Indonesia, Argentina and Kenya previously selected the German-built aircraft.

Powered by a Rolls-Royce 250-17B turboprop, the G 120TP is fitted with lightweight Martin Baker Mk17 ejection seats, and HOTAS controls. The side-by-side G 120TP cockpit now offers a synthetic training environment via two of the four large electronic flight displays in the cockpit. This Virtual Tactical Training (VTT) system can simulate radar, threat warning, tactical situation display, stores management and other combat aircraft features. It was developed in cooperation with Genesys Aerosystems, a new entity that has been formed by a combination of cockpit avionics specialist Chelton Flight Systems and autopilot specialist S-TEC, both owned by Cobham until a management buyout last April.

GrobAircraft CEO Andre Hiebeler told AIN that the VTT development, together with the high performance of the G 120TP airframe, provides a solution that could train military pilots as far as their entry into advanced jet training. The aircraft has been selected by two of the three teams bidding for the next stage of the UK’s Military Flying Training System (MFTS). However, both teams are proposing that students graduate from the G 120TP to the Beechcraft T-6C for basic flight training before proceeding to the advanced stage.

Grob has also upgraded its unique Egrett high-altitude long-endurance turboprop with advanced cockpit avionics from Genesys. The company is aiming to develop a surveillance services business with the aircraft, which is now designated G 520NG.


I think that some amendments need to be made to your article in order for it to be factual.
1) The aircraft bought by Kenya was the Grob G120A, with mostly analogue instruments, Garmin and Sandel electronics and an IO-540 piston engine.
2) The G120TP has never , and never will be fitted with the Martin Baker ejection seat.
The airframe is not suitable and would require major re-design in order to provide safe evacuation using said seat. Just like promising the Indonesians a third seat !!!
3)VTT ???? I don't think so, there is no implementation of such, all 4 screens just duplicate what can be seen on any other screen. There is absolutely no comparison of this system with the Garmin G1000 as far as clarity and ease of use is concerned. The system is cluttered and un-intuitive at best.
4) Egret with upgraded avionics.....not.
It was merely given a quick splash over with paint and some fancy decals prior to arriving at Farnborough. It is the same old aircraft that was bought back from Australia and is not modified in any way. I saw it......Perhaps the designation NG means Not Genuine
A visit to the company just a few months ago allowed me to see what I have written with my own eyes, and although an impressive looking aircraft at first sight, further investigation reveals all is not what it should be.

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