Gama completes Grob Tutor safety upgrade for UK

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Gama Engineering has completed a programme to boost the safety of the UK's Grob G115E Tutor military trainers, almost three months ahead of schedule.

Incorporated with 93 aircraft, the work included the installation of Avidyne's TAS600 traffic advisory system and a Sandel electronic horizontal situation indicator.

"These provide for a significant improvement and assist pilots with situational awareness and collision avoidance," UK-based Gama said.

The modification project had been due to run until the end of December, but its early completion was marked during an event at Gama Support Services' Farnborough site in Hampshire on 30 September.

Then operating as Lees Avionics, Gama Engineering began work in mid-January under a contract with engineering firm Babcock, which supports the operation of the Tutor fleet at multiple sites around the UK.

 

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The G115E is used to deliver elementary training to student pilots for the UK Royal Air Force, Royal Navy and British Army, as well as supporting University Air Squadron activities.

The type also is used to provide air experience flights for cadet organisations.

The need to provide the Tutor with traffic advisory and collision avoidance systems was identified following two separate fatal incidents involving the type in 2009.

Both involved mid-air collisions and resulted in the deaths of three instructors and three cadets.