Press Release

Aero receives certification for maintenance, repair and development of L-39NG aircraft of the Hungarian Air Force

Vodochody, July 2, 2024 – Aero, the largest aerospace manufacturer in the Czech Republic, has received the official Authorization to develop, manufacture, maintain and repair Hungarian state-registered aircraft, aircraft parts and equipment. The Certificate covers the L-39NG aircraft that Aero will deliver to the Hungarian Air Force and formally recognizes the competence of Aero’s design, manufacturing and repair organizations.

The official certificate was personally handed over by the Director of the Military Aviation Authority of the Republic of Hungary, Colonel Alexandra Tóth Halászná, during her visit to Vodochody. The authorization to develop, manufacture, maintain and carry out repairs was received from her hands by Petr Jinda, Executive Vice President & Chief Development Officer at Aero, who emphasized its importance: “Obtaining this certificate is a key step for us and a confirmation of our quality and credibility. We are ready to fully support the Hungarian Air Force in the certification process of the L-39NG.T1 version and in the development of further mutual cooperation.”

Colonel Alexandra Tóth Halászné, Director of the Military Aviation Authority of Hungary, highlighted Aero’s long tradition in aircraft production, especially in jet trainer aircraft. She also highlighted the L-39 Albatros, which has gained worldwide renown, and its modern successor, the L-39NG. The audit results, according to the company, clearly demonstrated that Aero meets all the requirements for authorisation. It thus formally recognises the competence of Aero’s design (DOA), production (POA) and repair organisations (MRO).

The Director of the Hungarian Military Aviation Authority, Colonel Alexandra Tóth Halászné, visited Aero Vodochody accompanied by the Head of the Airworthiness Supervision Department of the Hungarian Military Aviation Authority, Lieutenant Colonel Sándor Simon, and representatives of the Military Aviation Supervision Department, Lieutenant Colonels Martin Fučík and Václav Svoboda. The visit also included a tour of the Aero production halls and development hangar, where the guests saw the L-39NG aircraft under production and ready for flight testing.

Czech manufacturer Aero will deliver a total of 12 L-39NG jet trainers to the Hungarian Defence Forces Command, eight in the trainer version and four in the reconnaissance category, including a ground simulation training system and other support services.

AERO Vodochody AEROSPACE a.s. focuses on the development, production, maintenance and modernization of military and civil aircraft and is the largest aircraft manufacturer in the Czech Republic and one of the oldest aircraft manufacturers in the world. In the field of its own aircraft, Aero is a permanent partner of a number of military air forces and has a strong position in the market for military trainer and light combat aircraft. With 11,000 aircraft produced in its 100 years of existence, hundreds of L-39 Albatros aircraft still in service with dozens of military operators and a number of demo teams, and especially with its new L-39NG aircraft, Aero has established itself as a leader in the global jet trainer market. In the civil aviation sector, Aero works with major aircraft manufacturers on a wide range of projects and is a partner in several risk-sharing programs, where it is responsible not only for the manufacture and assembly of aircraft assemblies, but also for their development.


Radka Černá, PR & Communications Manager
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