Test Pilot Gerard Guillaumaud Confirmed Lost
ANN RealTime Update, 11.29.06, 2202 EST:
European media sources now indicate that the spn was being flown,
single-pilot, by Gerard Guillaumaud and that no other persons
were on board the aircraft. The accident occurred during a
dmonstration flight and was reportedly not involved in formal
ANN RealTime Update, 11.29.06, 1907 EST: The
newest of two prototype Grob spn light bizjets has gone down during
flight testing. This aircraft, the second prototype of the Grob
Aerospace spn, made its first flight just a few weeks ago, 29
September 2006, with Grob Aerospace test pilots, Gerard Guillaumaud
and Alan Lawless at the helm.
While details are sparse at this time, Guillamaud is the
only pilot confirmed to have been on the aircraft at the time of an
accident -- which reportedly was severe enough to have claimed the
lives of anyone on board. The accident occurred early
Wednesday morning, near the factory's airfield in
Reports in German media indicate that the aircraft was
completely destroyed in the crash.
The aircraft was part of a program expected to produce a 7.4
million dollar 8 passenger light bizjet with expected deliveries
and EASA certification coming in 3Q/07, followed by US
Certification by the end of that year.
The second spn prototype, dubbed P2, was the first aircraft to
be equipped with an enhanced version of the Honeywell Primus Apex
avionics suite. The flight test program and aircraft envelope, to
date, were reported to have been "fully opened" by flight tests of
P1 and recent flights by P2. P1 had already achieved a maximum
altitude of 41,000 ft and confirmed a max speed of M .70.
A stall speed of 77kts at MLW was
also documented. Take-off distances were confirmed at
3,000 ft, while the aircraft's published landing distance was
shortened by 10% to 2,670 ft at MLW -- down from 2,950 ft.
A third aircraft was slated to join the fleet recently. The test
fleet has logged several hundred hours, to date.