L-39NG trainer makes first test flight

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The factory crew of AERO Vodochody Aerospace, composed of Miroslav Schützner and Vladimír Kvarda, successfully completed the first test flight of the L-39NG trainer demonstrator – which features the new FJ44-4M engine from Williams International, avionics built around Genesys Aerosystems’ multi-functional displays, and head-up displays (HUD) by SPEEL Praha – on September 14, 2015.

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.

“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,” commented company president Ladislav Šimek. “After less than three weeks from engine delivery, the aircraft successfully underwent its first flight.”

AERO Vodochody has produced over 3,000 L-39 aircraft to date, with the L-39NG the new generation of this internationally successful trainer.

September 17, 2015

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