Test flight of first L-39NG (Image © Aero Vodochody)

First flight for L-39NG

In the Czech Republic, the Aero Vodochody L-39NG performed its first flight on Monday 14 September. The flight was successful, the company said. The aircraft will serve to validate the installation of the new Williams International FJ44-4M engine and avionics in the L-39NG project.

The L-39NG is based on the aerodynamic concept of the older, well known and widely used L-39 Albatros trainer, but utilizes the latest technologies and equipment. Among other things, the new aircraft features a Head Up Display (HUD) and multi functional displays in the cockpit.

Other improvements over the older Albatros include composite wingtips in place of the original tanks.