Grob G115 (Tutor)

Grob G115 (Tutor) G-BYVS
Grob G115 (Tutor) - G-BYVS
Design and Development

The Grob G 115 is an advanced general aviation fixed-wing aircraft, primarily used for flight training. It is built in Germany by Grob Aerospace GmbH.The aircraft is constructed of advanced composite materials. The main fuselage and each wing is a single piece. It has a fixed Tricycle undercarriage with spatted wheels, a short nose bearing the 180 hp engine and a 3-bladed variable-pitch propeller. The cockpit features a broad canopy with good forward visibility, with side-by-side seating for pilot and student. The wings are tapered with square tips and the empennage consists of a large fin and rudder with an oblong tailplane with square tips mid-set to the fuselage. The aircraft is capable of basic aerobatic manoeuvre's (limited to +6G and -3G).

Until 2005 the Tutor was used by RAF University Air Squadrons to provide Elementary Flying Training (EFT) to university students, mainly sponsored by the RAF. From 2006 UAS students are no longer taught EFT, they follow an unassessed flying syllabus with similarities to EFT, but with reduced flying hours. RAF EFT is taught on the Grob Tutor at RAF Cranwell, Wyton and Church Fenton. These reserve squadrons teach the EFT syllabus to direct entrants and former UAS students. Afterwards the students are streamed according to ability: Fast Jet, Rotary Wing or Multi-Engine or non pilot roles

The Tutor is used by AEF's [Air Experience Flights] to provide flying experience to cadets of the Air Training Corps and Combined Cadet Force. The Tutor replaced the Scottish Aviation Bulldog in these roles at the turn of the century. The Tutor fleet is owned and maintained by a civilian company, VT Aerospace, and carries British civilian G-BY** registrations under a Private Finance Initiative (PFI) scheme. The aircraft are painted overall white with blue flashes and RAF roundels

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Production Summary
ModelProduction
Tutor T.1157 built (89 RAF / VT Aerospace & 68 Egyptian AF)
Specifications(Tutor T.1)
Length:7.59m (24ft 9in)
Width:10.0m (32ft 8in)
Height:2.8m (9ft 2in)
Accommodation:2
Hardpoints:6
Empty Weight:14,500 kg (32,000 lb)
MTOW:28,000 kg (61,700 lb)
Max Speed:2,338 km/h (1,452 mph, Mach 2.27)
Max Range:4,265 km (2,650 mi) (with tanks)
Rate-of-Climb:40,000ft/min (12,192m/min)
Service Ceiling:50,000ft (15,240m; 9.5miles)
Engine:2 x Turbo-Union RB199-34R afterburning turbofan Dry thrust: 40.8 kN (9,170 lbf) each, Thrust with afterburner: 77.1 kN (17,330 lbf) each
Armament Standard:One Mauser BK-27 cannon with 180 rounds
Armament Optional:Maximum of 9,000 kg (19,800 lb) inc
AIM-9 Sidewinder
ASRAAM self-defence missiles
BAE Systems Skyflash
AMRAAM
AIM-9 Sidewinder
WE177B nuclear bombs
JP 233 area denial weapon
Sea Eagle anti-ship missile