L-39 Users From all Over the World Meet in AERO Vodochody
ODO LEN AV O DA, CZECH REPUBLIC. A ER OVo doch ody AEROSPACE and its business partner Omnipol invited representatives of many countries to the 1st L-39 Users’ Group Conference September 15 to celebrate the legendary jet aircraft. Austria, Bangladesh, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Lithuania, Mozambique, Nigeria, Slovakia, Thailand, Tunisia and Uganda– representatives of these countries arrived in AERO to share their experience with the L-39 Albatros jet trainer. The 1st L-39 Users’ Group Conference was held under auspices of the Czech Air Force.
The aim of the meeting was not only the celebration of past successes of the aircraft, but also the future outlook of the programme. The attendees were introduced to the project of a new military aircraft currently driven by AERO –the L-39NG. For current users of the L-39, AERO offers a smooth transition to the L-39NG conceived as a two-step process starting with the installation of a new engine and optional avionics into existing airframes and followed by the transition to the entirely new L-39NG airframe while using the previously acquired engine and avionics.
The L-39 and its successors L-59, L-139 and L-159 became the most successful jet training family worldwide ever. Over 3,000 aircraft of this type were manufactured up to now and the jet trainer has been historically used by 45 military operators. Today, the aircraft is operated also by civil customers in at least 15 countries. The L-39 proved its qualities in 15 aerobatic teams all over the world, 8 of them still active as of today. The L-39 family has a total log of over 5,000,000 flight hours with dozens of thousands of pilots trained on jets made in AERO. The aircraft became a legend not only because of its excellent manoeuvrability, but also for its ability to successfully complete
missions in all climatic conditions.
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 utilises the latest technologies and equipment. While power is provided by the highly modern FJ44-4M engine 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 the integration into high-tech tactical simulation centres with the goal of increasing training efficiency.
The conference was closed by a ceremony and flight display of aircraft made by Aero, including demonstration of under development L-39NG aircraft.