First serial Aero L-39NG makes maiden flight

Serial Aero L39NG maiden flight
First serial Aero L-39NG trainer-light combat aircraft.

Czech aircraft manufacturer Aero announced on Monday that it has successfully completed the maiden flight of the mass-produced L-39NG aircraft. It marked a historic milestone for the company since the last serial production aircraft was built 20 years ago.

The pilots performed a flight of approximately 40 minutes during which they verified the functions of the engine, aircraft systems, and avionics, as well as the handling and behavior of the aircraft in all phases of flight from take-off through aerobatics to landing. Testing was carried out in the range of altitudes from 0 to 8 500 meters and speeds from stall to maximum (Mach number 0.8 or 900 km/h).

"The flight of the first production aircraft confirmed the readiness of the L-39NG for serial delivery to our customers. The aircraft is a world leader in its class. In terms of design, flight characteristics, safety, avionics, and modern equipment, it is an excellent platform for training pilots of fourth and fifth-generation fighters," said Viktor Sotona, President and CEO of Aero.

"While this is a significant milestone from Aero's perspective, the sortie itself is a rather routine affair and is conducted after each aircraft is produced. The factory flyaway program has been previously proven on L-39NG prototypes. The first production aircraft with the serial number 7005 has fulfilled all the points of the program," add Petr Jinda, Executive Vice President & Chief Development Officer, and Jaromir Lang, L-39NG Chief Designer, Aero.

The first production L-39NG trainer is destined for a customer in Southeast Asia. Other customers include Hungary and the Czech Republic. Aero currently has orders for 34 units of the L-39NG.

Aero recently commissioned a new production line dedicated solely to the L-39NG aircraft. Within two years, the traditional Czech aircraft manufacturer plans to increase its L-39NG production to 24 units per year. Other Czech companies are also involved in the production of the L-39NG. Over 60% of Aero's suppliers are domestic companies.

Source, Image: Aero

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