Pre-serial L-39NG performs first flight
Aero Vodochody’s first pre-serial L-39NG jet trainer performed its maiden flight on 22 December in Czech Republic.
After taking off from the runway, the aircraft climbed up to 5,000ft and landed successfully at Aero Vodochody Airport after 26 minutes of flight.
During the flight the L-39NG performed as expected in terms of stability and controllability. Tests including configuration changes, acceleration up to 200 knots, turns to 30, 45, and 60 degrees and slow down to approach
speed where also carried out.The L-39NG aircraft has flown in a configuration that is representative of serial aircraft including final upgraded wet wing and air inlets. The company aims to achieve type certification by the end of 2019.
The L-39NG is a single-engine two-seater aircraft with staggered seating and an advanced cockpit design that includes full glass cockpit, an on board virtual training system and a helmet mounted display.
During 2018, Aero announced agreements with with the first customers. The first customer - the Republic of Senegal - was announced in April and was followed by SkyTech and RSW in July. Orders from these customers will secure the production of 38 aircraft.
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