Czech pilots in L-39NG cockpit
In the last week of April, pilots from the 21st Tactical Air Force Base at Čáslav and from the Pardubice Military Airport visited AERO Vodochody to fly a new L-39NG jet aircraft. The skilled Czech Air Force pilots tested the flight characteristic of the aircraft and shared their comments with pilots and engineers from Aero.
The commander of the 213th Training squadron Lt. Col. Martin Pelda and deputy commander of 212th Tactical squadron Maj. Martin Jambor and commander of the Pardubice Military Airport Lt. Col. Radoslav Matula all flew the L-39NG. In total, three flights with mixed crew of one guest and one Aero pilot were conducted.
Evaluation of the new aircraft by pilots with extensive experience is important feedback of high value for AERO Vodochody. “Thanks to the expert evaluation of professionals with hundreds of flight hours with the L-39, L-159 and JAS-39, we can continue to improve the L-39NG to meet all the requirements for a modern training aircraft,” described Jaromír Lang, chief designer of the L-39NG. “At the same time, they gave us a number of inspiring tips on how to further develop the aircraft,” he added.
The first Czech army pilot who had the opportunity to fly the L-39NG was the commander of the 213th Training Squadron, Lt. Col. Martin Pelda, who described his opinion right after the flight as follows: “Piloting the L-39NG is very comfortable. I tried to get the aircraft in situations simulating mistakes that can be made by a student pilot and the plane gives a good warning and behaves well in answering to such situations. In general, the first impressions of the aircraft exceeded my expectations.” Another of the L-39NG's acclaimed features was its very low fuel consumption.
The L-39NG aircraft is a modern and effective light jet capable to serve in a role of light attack and/or unified, comprehensive training system for modern air forces. The L-39NG is based on the aerodynamic concept of the current L-39 with optimized features to reduce resistance and increase efficiency and 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.
In September 2020, the L-39NG aircraft received a type certificate in accordance with the new international standards EMAR 21 and EMACC from the Military Aviation Authority of the Ministry of Defence of the Czech Republic. Strategic partner of the L-39NG project is the Czech company OMNIPOL by having 50% of share and financial contribution in the project.
AERO Vodochody AEROSPACE
AERO Vodochody AEROSPACE a.s. focuses on the design, manufacturing maintenance, overhaul and upgrade of military and civil aircraft and is the largest aviation manufacturer in the Czech Republic and with history since 1919 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 track record of 11,000 aircraft produced over the last 100 years, a broad coverage of dozens of military operators and demo teams, a huge existing fleet of L-39 Albatrosses and with a brand new aircraft, the L-39NG now, Aero is maintaining its positioning 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 programmes, taking responsibility not only for the production of structures but also for development.
OMNIPOL is a Prague headquartered investment and trading group with more than eighty-five years of experience in both the domestic international markets. The company provides cutting-edge solutions for the defence and security sectors.
OMNIPOL is the owner of two very well known subsidiaries namely ERA and MESIT. They are both production companies with advanced technologies, which mainly focus on passive systems for monitoring air, land and naval targets, military communications, aircraft instruments and precision engineering production, including its own foundry together with galvanic processes. They also deal with related software products, but also cybersecurity, both for the military and civilian sectors. The entire OMNIPOL Group employs more than 1,400 professionals, of which over 200 employees are involved in research and development of new products.
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