The Grob G103A Twin II Acro, known by the RAF as the Viking TMk1 Aircraft, is used by the Air
Cadet Organisation to give basic gliding training to air cadets. The aircraft is currently used by 11 Volunteer Gliding Schools (VGSs) located at various sites around the UK. Their role is to train air cadets to a standard that will allow them to fly solo. Courses available to the air cadets are the gliding induction course, the gliding scholarship course and the advanced gliding training course. The aircraft is also used at the Air Cadet Central Gliding School, at Syerston, in Nottinghamshire, where it is used to train the VGS instructors.
Nottinghamshire, where it is used to train the VGS instructors. The Viking TMk1 is a high performance sailplane, which can be winch launched or aero-towed. The aircraft is fitted with a non-retractable tandem undercarriage and upper surface airbrakes. The Viking is a cost-effective, modern, high performance glider, ideally suited to its training role with the Air Cadet Organisation.
Viking TMk1 Flying Training
• Two-seat sailplane, designed for basic training, high-performance flying and simple aerobatic
• Tandem seating for a crew of two.
• Constructed using the latest techniques in industrial glass-reinforced plastic for lightweight and strength.
• Used to train air cadets to solo flying standard.
Powerplant: The aircraft can be winch launched or aero-towed
Length: 8.18m (26ft 9ins)
Height: 1.55m (5ft 1ins)
Wingspan: 17.50m (57ft 4ins)
Max T/O weight: 625kg (1375lbs)
Max speed: 135kts (155mph)
Max altitude: 8,000ft