New Czech trainer gets full certification

The latest aircraft developed by Czech manufacturer Aero Vodochody (Aero) can now be operated worldwide.

The newly obtained unrestricted type certification for the Aero L-39NG trainer jet, which took more than five years to obtain, is the main requirement for aircraft registration by customers. The first production L-39NG is expected to fly by the end of 2022. Negotiations with more potential customers began at the recent Farnborough Airshow.

The Aero L-39NG is a modern, efficient, and effective jet trainer for full-scale training of pilots of modern air forces. The aircraft is the successor to the L-39C, which has been used to train thousands of professional pilots worldwide.

“The newly obtained unrestricted type certification for the L-39NG confirms that this state-of-the-art aircraft outperforms its predecessor. All of us at Aero are confident that the L-39NG will be very successful in the future. This is positive news not only for Aero, but for the entire Czech aerospace industry, which is heavily involved in the development and production of the L-39NG,”said Viktor Sotona, president and CEO of Aero Vodochody.

The L-39NG uses the latest production technologies and modern equipment. The aircraft's avionics are well suited for the training of pilots of fourth and fifth generation jets. The aircraft comes with a wide range of modern simulation technologies, including complete integration into a highly advanced tactical simulation centre, increasing overall training effectiveness.

“L-39NG serial production is running at full speed. With the contracts we have already signed and the continued high interest in our trainer aircraft, our production capacity will be fully utilised at least until 2025,” says Filip Kulštrunk, vice president sales and marketing at Aero Vodochody. “As of now, Aero is in advanced negotiations to deliver the L-39NG to several customers in Europe, Africa, and Asia. In addition, new dialogues with potential customers and partners commenced at the recently concluded Farnborough Air Show in the UK.”

He added: “The L-39NG is a very affordable and, above all, long-term reliable multi-role solution for modern air forces. Completely new design elements allow the L-39NG to be continuously upgraded in accordance with customer requirements, especially at the level of communication and avionics systems.”

Jaromír Lang, chief designer of the L-39NG commented: “The main advantages of the L-39NG are a completely new aircraft design in line with modern technologies (e.g., use of composite parts, wet wing, improved cabin view, central point refueling, etc.) and the highly reliable FJ44-4M engine. As a result, our aircraft achieves best in class operating costs, range and endurance.”

The certification of the Aero L-39NG is the result of more than five years of development and testing in several stages. The type certificate validates that the aircraft has been developed in accordance with all applicable aviation regulations and standards and is hence safe for standard flight operations. Any newly manufactured aircraft of this type can automatically be issued with a valid Certificate of Airworthiness, assigned a registration mark and be listed in the Air Registry.

The certification for the L-39NG was issued by the Military Aviation Authority (MAA-CZE) and is therefore fully compatible with all requirements and systems within the European Union and NATO. The certification has no time restriction and is valid for the entire production life of the L-39NG.


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