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Kenya Air Force acquires Grob G 120 training aircraft

As the Kenya Air Force conducted practice flights for tomorrow’s Jamhuri Day flypast, observers noted a new aircraft in the fleet.

Kenyan Aviation can now report that the new aircraft is the Grob G 120. The air force will use the G 120 as a basic trainer, eventually phasing out the Scottish Aviation Bulldog that has been used in that role for at least three decades.

A Kenya Air Force Grob G 120 training aircraft in Germany before delivery to Kenya. Photo: Grob Aircraft.

A Kenya Air Force Grob G 120 training aircraft in Germany before delivery to Kenya. Photo: Grob Aircraft.

The G 120 is a two-seater training aircraft powered by one, nose-mounted Lycoming 6-cylinder piston engine. The aircraft’s fuselage is largely made of composite material, which makes it relatively light compared to an all-metal airframe.

KAF Commander Major-General Joff Otieno (right) in the cockpit of one of the G 120 aircraft. Photo: Grob Aircraft.

KAF Commander Major-General Joff Otieno (right) in the cockpit of one of the G 120 aircraft. Photo: Grob Aircraft.

According to the aircraft’s manufacturer, the G 120 is certified by both EASA and FAA to g forces of +6/-4.

“It provides the ideal training platform for the full range of conventional high-performance aerobatic maneuvers including spins, inverted spins, loops, rolls, stall turns, outside turns and recovery from unusual attitudes,” says a statement on Grob Aircraft’s website.

“This versatile aircraft also offers excellent handling at both high and low airspeeds, making it ideal to tackle the full spectrum of primary training requirements, including pilot screening, instrument flying, navigation and mission-oriented tasks,” says Grob Aircraft.

KAF personnel and Grob Aircraft instructors pose for a photo with one of the new G 120 trainers. Photo: Grob Aircraft.

KAF personnel and Grob Aircraft instructors pose for a photo with one of the new G 120 trainers. Photo: Grob Aircraft.

Other air forces that have ordered the G 120 include the Royal Canadian Air Force, German Air Force, French Air Force and Israeli Air Force.

In Kenya, the new G 120 fleet will eventually replace the older fleet of Bulldog aircraft that KAF has used as basic trainers for over 30 years.

A former Royal Air Force Bulldog training aircraft similar to those currently used by the Kenya Air Force.

A former Royal Air Force Bulldog training aircraft similar to those currently used by the Kenya Air Force.

Grob Aircraft is based in Tussenhausen, Germany.

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