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Grob Tutor
Grob Tutor 5AEF
Grob Tutor
Role Basic Trainer
Crew 2
First Flight November 1985
Entered Service 1999
Manufacturer Grob
Length 24 ft 9 in 7.59 m
Wingspan 32 ft 8 in 10.00 m
Height 9 ft 2 in 2.8
Wing Area 131.3 ft² 12.2 m²
Empty lb kg
Loaded lb kg
Maximum Takeoff 2183 lb 990 kg
Engines 1x Lycoming 360-A1B6
Power 180 hp 149 kW
Maximum Speed 150 mph 240 km/h
Combat Range n/a miles n/a km
Ferry Range miles km
Service Ceiling 10,000(?) ft m
Rate of Climb 1050 ft/min 320 m/min
Wing Loading lb/ft² kg/m²
Power/Mass hp/lb kW/kg
Photo of Grob Tutor Cockpit

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The Grob Tutor is a single-engined low-wing monoplane used as a basic training aircraft by the Royal Air Force (RAF). The aircraft (a Grob G 115) has fixed tricycle undercarriage with spatted wheels, a short nose bearing the engine and a 3-bladed variable-pitch propeller. The cockpit features a broad canopy and all round vision, 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 Tutor is used by the University Air Squadrons to provide Elementary Flying Training (EFT) to university students mainly sponsored by the RAF. The tutor is also used by 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 in the late 1990s. Unusually, the Tutor fleet is owned and maintained by civilian companies and carries British civilian G-XXXX registrations under a Private Finance Initiative (PFI) scheme. The aircraft are painted overall white with blue flashes and RAF roundels.