QinetiQ announced plans to add two Grob G.120TPs to the fleet of the Empire Test Pilots' School at DSEI 2017 defence fair in London on September 12, 2017. The two aircraft order is part of an overall replenishment of the ETPS fleet that has also seen orders for four Airbus H-125 Squirrel helicopters and two Pilatus PC-21s.
Paul Shakespeare, QinetiQ’s Head of ETPS, said: “The Grob provides a safe and comfortable environment, ideal for new pilots learning the basics alongside their instructor. However, it is also extremely capable, allowing more experienced pilots to carry out advanced manoeuvres at high g-forces. Its low hourly operating cost reduces expense as barrier to practical learning, enabling students to get out of the classroom and spend more time in the air.”
— Tony Osborne (@Rotorfocus) September 12, 2017