L-39 operators met for a fourth time (VIDEO)
Representatives of fourteen air forces from three continents and several civilian operators of L-39 aircraft met to share their experiences with the legendary jet trainers. The 4th L-39 Users’ Group Conference organised by the Czech Air Force together with two leading Czech Aerospace and Defence companies AERO Vodochody AEROSPACE and OMNIPOL took place in Bratislava, Slovakia.
Major General Petr Hromek, the Czech Air Force Commander, and Commander of the Slovak Air Force Major General Ľubomír Svoboda were among the participants, along with representatives from Hungary, Nigeria, Senegal, Vietnam and other countries. Civilian L-39 operators and some of the major suppliers of Aero Vodochody, producer of L-39, were also present.
“This year’s Users Group is even more special for Aero Vodochody, because we are celebrating 100 years anniversary of our company,” said Dieter John, President & CEO of Aero Vodochody. “Of these 100 years, fifty have been dominated by an exceptional aircraft – L-39 Albatros. During those 50 years, the L-39 has proved it´s qualities and successfully served in many air forces and with many civilian operators.Every year, we perform general overhauls and various updates on L-39 jets. Thanks to that, we are extending time of service for these amazing aircraft,” added John.
For one day of the Conference, the participants moved to Sliač Air Base, home of Slovak L-39 fleet, where they could learn about the Slovak Air Force and also about a successor of the L-39 Albatros – the new L-39NG aircraft. The L-39NG prototype made its first trip abroad to be presented at the conference.
"The L-39 aircraft has been connected with OMNIPOL for more than 30 years, OMNIPOL has been responsible for exporting almost 3.000 L-39´s in the past. The involvement in the L-39NG project since June 2015 as the strategic partner, was therefore a logical choice for us, as we are building on tradition and at the same time providing our proven know-how," said Jiří Podpěra, the president of the OMNIPOL company, the 50% owner of the L-39NG project.
Just a few days before the User Conference, the Chief of the Air Force of the Republic of Senegal General Joseph Mamadou Diop made one hour flight in the L-39NG prototype and he shared his thoughts with the other conference participants. Some of the countries present are interested in the L-39NG or in upgrading their L-39 aircraft to re-engined and modernised L-39CW configuration.
The L-39NG aircraft is a modern and effective trainer designed as a unified, comprehensive training system for modern air forces. The L-39NG is based on the aerodynamic concept of the current L-39, but utilizes the latest technologies and equipment. Power is provided by the modern FJ44-4M engine supplied with the TAP Blue engine support service to ensure unprecedented airworthiness and predictable maintenance costs. The aircraft's avionics are prepared to train future pilots of 4th and 5th generation aircraft and can be tailored to the customer's requirements. The L-39NG is equipped with five hard-points for weapons. The aircraft also features a broad range of simulation technologies, including the integration into high-tech tactical simulation centres with the goal to increase training efficiency. Strategic partner of the L-39NG project is Czech company Omnipol. For more information, visit www.l-39ng.aero
AERO Vodochody AEROSPACE
AERO Vodochody AEROSPACE a.s. focuses on the design and manufacturing of military and civil aircraft and is the largest aviation manufacturer in the Czech Republic and one of the oldest aerospace companies worldwide. In the field of military aircraft, Aero has been a reliable long-term partner to many of the world's air forces and it has a strong position on the market of military training and light combat aircraft. With a huge existing fleet of L-39 and with a brand new aircraft, L-39NG, Aero is positioning itself as a leader in the jet training market. In the field of civil aviation, Aero collaborates with many of the world's largest manufacturers in a diverse range of projects. More recently, Aero became a full partner in several risk-sharing programs, taking responsibility not only for the production of structures but also for development.
Since 1934, OMNIPOL, a.s. has been a reliable global systems integrator and supplier of military, security and aviation systems. In addition to aviation technology and aviation training systems, Omnipol’s primary focus is on defence and security electronics. Omnipol initiated a new phase of its development when it purchased ERA, a.s., creating the conditions for the rapid development of a new generation of unique passive (invisible) tracking and recognition systems called VERA-NG. The system is complemented by other types of passive systems (such as SDD) and thereby offers a comprehensive solution for the monitoring of air, sea and land space on the principle of “seeing without being seen”. Omnipol is also a supplier of technological production units and services for both the defence and food industries.
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