First Flight NewsAero Vodochody L-39NG
On September 14th, 2015, the factory crew of AERO Vodochody Aerospace a.s., composed of Miroslav Schützner and Vladimír Kvarda, successfully completed the first test flight of the L-39NG trainer demonstrator.
The L-39NG features the new FJ44-4M engine from Williams International and avionics built around Genesys Aerosystems’ multi-functional displays and head-up displays (HUD) by SPEEL Praha. The aircraft will serve to validate the installation of the new engine and avionics in the L-39NG project. Other noticeable improvements include composite wingtips in place of the original tanks.
Company president Ladislav Šimek summarized the project thusly: “The choices of the FJ44-4M engine from Williams International and avionics from Genesys Aerosystems and SPEEL Praha have proven to be absolutely spot on. After less than three weeks from engine delivery, the aircraft successfully underwent its first flight. I’d like to thank all our partners who made it possible to complete this project in record time. I’d also like to acknowledge the hard work of our employees, who adhered to a very demanding construction schedule while maintaining a full workload of other projects and successfully completed the aircraft by the deadline we promised publicly. By using the best available components, the integration of which culminates in this first flight, we have brought to the market an unprecedentedly effective type of aircraft, accessible to a broad spectrum of users.”
AERO Vodochody AEROSPACE a.s. has produced over 3,000 L-39 aircraft to date, and the L-39NG is the new generation of this internationally successful trainer. Along with the new FJ44-4M engine and entirely new avionics come a number of other enhancements that together create the most effective type of trainer available on the market. Those interested in learning more about the aircraft will have the opportunity to take a closer look during NATO Days in Ostrava on September 19 and 20, 2015. Next year, the company plans to participate in a number of international aviation trade shows.
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 highly modern FJ44-4M engine supplied with the TAP Blue engine support system 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 to a great extent. The L-39NG is equipped with five mounting points for weapons. The aircraft also features a broad range of simulation technologies including integration into high-tech tactical simulation centres with the goal of increasing training effectiveness. For more information please visit www.l-39ng.cz.
Williams International is the world leader in design, manufacturing and support of small gas turbine engines. During its 60-year history, the company has manufactured more than 25,000 engines, the culmination of which is the FJ44-4 series including the FJ44-4M version designed for military trainers such as the L-39NG. The FJ44-4 family has safely flown over 10 million flight hours in various applications. Thanks to the durability of its engines and the high quality of its customer support, Williams International has been repeatedly ranked as the leading engine manufacturer in the world. For more information about the company, its products, and support, please visit www.williams-int.com.
Genesys Aerosystems is a leading provider of integrated avionics systems for government and civil customers. Genesys Aerosystems' avionics systems can be offered individually or integrated to provide an entire cockpit. Its synthetic vision Electronic Flight Instrument System (EFIS) revolutionized safety in low-level flight operations and is now approved on more than 700 aircraft and helicopter models. Genesys Aerosystems' Helicopter Stability Augmentation System and Autopilot (HeliSAS) adds to its extensive range of S-TEC autopilot solutions and brings added safety within the reach of a host of operators for whom such systems were previously too expensive and heavy. For more information, visit www.genesys-aerosystems.com.
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 in the world. In the field of civil aviation, Aero partners 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. In the field of military aircraft, Aero has been a reliable long-term partner to many of the world's air forces. Aero is a founding member of the Confederation of the Czech Aviation Industry.