Grob G180 SPn

November 13, 2008 - 11:53pm

Grob Aerospace has withdrawn from the MEBA show after its German manufacturing division formally declared insolvency on November 1. Swiss parent company Grob AG, itself, is on the verge of also being declared insolvent.

October 2, 2008 - 5:16am

The Grob SPn is delayed indefinitely, due to Grob Aerospace’s having declared insolvency on August 18 in Germany. Grob is working on options to bring the SPn to certification, but so far the company has announced no plan. Grob has orders for more than 100 SPns.

August 29, 2008 - 6:21am

George Antoniadis, the president and CEO of Alpha Flying’s PlaneSense fractional ownership program, is standing by the company’s order for 25 Grob SPns. “We do feel that it is the right aircraft for us, and at this time we’re sticking with it,” he told AIN. Grob Aerospace filed for insolvency on August 18 after a “loan provider” withdrew financial support of the SPn program.

August 21, 2008 - 12:00pm

George Antoniadis, the president and CEO of Alpha Flying’s PlaneSense fractional ownership program, is standing by the company’s order for 25 Grob SPn midsize jets. “We do feel that it is the right aircraft for us, and at this time we’re sticking with it,” he told AIN. “We have not canceled our order.” Grob Aerospace filed for insolvency on Monday after a “loan provider” withdrew financial support of the SPn program.

May 17, 2008 - 5:03am

Grob Aerospace is establishing a completions and training facility for its SPn light business jet at St. Gallen-Altenrhein Airport in Switzerland. The center is due to open during the second quarter of 2009 and will be run by the newly appointed managing director of Grob Aerospace Switzerland, Cedric Migeon.

November 12, 2007 - 5:42am

Grob Aerospace added two more Middle East sales yesterday here at the airshow. Sherif Zarkani, president and founder of Egypt’s ZAS Z-Aviation Services, signed for two Grob SPn light business jets with scheduled delivery in 2009. The agreement has options for a further two SPns in 2010.

November 11, 2007 - 6:52pm

Grob Aerospace added two more Middle East sales yesterday here at the airshow. Sherif Zarkani, president and founder of Egypt’s ZAS Z-Aviation Services, signed for two Grob SPn light business jets with scheduled delivery in 2009. The agreement has options for a further two SPns in 2010.

November 5, 2007 - 10:45am

Design of the full-size executive cabin mockup of the Grob SPn midsize “utility jet” shown in September at the NBAA Convention reflected lukewarm response to the Swiss manufacturer’s airplane in its cargo configuration. The six-passenger version is distinctively upscale, with 18-inch-wide seats from Italy’s Geven, an enclosed aft lavatory, a substantial wardrobe at the entrance and a forward galley.

October 30, 2007 - 11:15am

The third prototype of the Grob SPn flew for the first time yesterday, lifting off the runway at 9:28 a.m. from the company’s airfield at Tussenhausen-Mattsies, Germany. S/N 003’s first flight lasted 1 hour and 44 minutes and followed extensive ground testing of systems such as fuel, engines, hydraulics, landing gear and avionics. At the controls were chief test pilot Tore Reimers and test pilot Peter Weger.

September 26, 2007 - 8:07am

Grob Aerospace is facing the possibility of a further delay to the certification of its new SPn light jet. During the first week of this month, the German manufacturer will be re-evaluating the status of the flight-test program to decide whether to push back the target of completing type certification by the end of next year’s second quarter.

 
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