GERMAN MANUFACTURER Grob is already planning to develop a six-seat stretched version of its prototype GF200 light "pusher" aircraft (above), despite the so-far unsuccessful search for a major partner to fund series production. Known as the GF250/6, the stretched version will be powered by a313kW (420hp) Allison turbine engine, replacing the original 310hp Teledyne Continental TSIOL-550 Voyager engine. A twin-engine version, driving through a specially developed gearbox, and designated the GF350, is also planned. The manufacturer says that the aim of the GF350 is to combine "...the operational simplicity of a single-engine aircraft with the safety factor of a twin". The GF200 made its UK debut at North Weald '95.

Source: Flight International