The sale of Aero Vodochody is concluded with Viktor Sotona taking the CEO position

September 30, 2021 The Aero Vodochody sale transaction was successfully completed; new owners took over the largest Czech aircraft manufacturer. Based on an agreement signed in July 2021 Hungarian company HSC Aerojet Zrt. becomes the 100% owner of Aero. In HSC Aerojet Zrt. majority is held by Hungarian businessman Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky and minority is held by Czech company OMNIPOL a.s. The sale also includes Vodochody Airport.

The new owners will control Aero through Vodochody Holdings HU company, which is 100% owned by HSC Aerojet Zrt. With the change of owner new President & CEO Viktor Sotona is coming to Aero as of 30 September 2021. Viktor Sotona has been CEO of the ERA company focused on surveillance and reconnaissance solutions for 9 years. Under his leadership, ERA achieved record sales and doubled its staff.

“Aero will continue to develop all three pillars of its business, i.e. production and development of its own military aircraft, the MRO business, and Aerostructures programmes for domestic and international customers. All those three pillars will remain part of our business strategy,” said Viktor Sotona, the new President & CEO of Aero.

After 14 years, Aero is leaving the Penta group, which acquired the traditional aircraft manufacturer in 2007. Under Penta, Aero has for many years successfully developed range of civilian and military aerostructure programs and in recent years, it resumed the development and production of its own aircraft in the form of L-39NG program. In September last year, the new L-39NG aircraft received a type certificate.


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.


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