Darren Ansell on F4S – interview and presentation

The Confederation of the Czech AviationIndustry was the partner of Flying 4 Students 2018. There were speeking many interesting speekers during two days in Bethlehem Chapel in Prague. First was aerospace engineer Darren Ansell from University of Lancashire.

Editor: Matěj Mezera, camera: Zbyněk Smetana, Cumulus media s.r.o.

Presentation in PDF HERE.

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AERO and IAI offer a family of aircraft to meet the USAF OA-X program

NATO member Czech Republic’s largest aircraft manufacturer with an unparalleled history of supplying thousands of military light jets around the world, AERO Vodochody AEROSPACE a.s., and world leader in defence systems technologies, Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd., today announce their interest in participating in the United States Air Force OA-X light attack program.

AERO’s family of light jet aircraft, which include the L-159 and the L-39NG offer the USAF a range of capabilities unmatched by any other light jet manufacturer today. Both aircraft meet or exceed the USAF OA-X requirements for mission performance and system attributes. The L-159 is a proven robust platform, which has been successfully tested and operated in NATO joint operations, USAF Red Air exercises and real combat missions with coalition partners. The proven L-159 platform is enhanced with the integration of IAI’s innovative and cutting-edge open architecture technologies. The L-39NG, the next generation of L-39, offers the USAF a unique balance of experience, operational performance, and cost efficiency available in a light jet.

Giuseppe Giordo, Aero Vodochody President & CEO said: “Our family of aircraft offer the USAF a high and low choice of aircraft upon the Air Force’s cost benefit tradeoff. Together with IAI, Aero is ready to offer the USAF a multi-mission aircraft with the best available technology today, with potential for growth tomorrow. Our two non-developmental solutions offer the American Air Force a real choice of low risk, low cost solutions, in aircraft flying with coalition partners today.”

Benjamin Cohen from Israel Aerospace Industries’ Lahav Division said: “Our cooperation with Aero Vodochody offers the USAF impressive proven performance of the L-159, with new innovative IAI systems, to provide customers with aircraft that meet their OA-X requirements. Our virtual training system for the L-39NG is truly world class.”

Light jets from Aero are operated by air forces in strategic regions for the US. L-39s operate in East Pacific, Baltic countries, Middle Europe, some African countries and other regions around the globe. It makes AERO’s light jets very easy to operate in partnership with other forces and very easy to support abroad. Both aircraft, l-39NG and L-159, are available to meet the timeframe and production tempo stated by the USAF. AERO is also able to move production, final assembly, training and logistics to the US thus creating hundreds of American jobs. AERO and IAI are now active in finding American partner for the O-AX program.

AERO is traditional producer of military light jets. The company has produced over 6,000 jet aircraft with an accumulated 13,000,000 flight hours by more than 60 military operators. In addition, 15 aerobatic teams, such as the Breitling Jet Team, utilize L-39 aircraft, because of well-earned reputation of the aircraft for reliability, dependability, and cost effectiveness, both in the air and on the ground.

L-159

The L-159 aircraft brings together Aero’s long and proven experience in development and production of military jet aircraft, together with the latest advances in avionics, engine and aircraft systems technology. The L-159 is a light, multi-role combat jet designed for air-to-air, air-to-ground Forward Air Control (FAC) and ISR missions. The aircraft is equipped with a state-of-the-art multi-mode IAI (Elta) radar for all-weather, day and night operations, can be equipped with IAI’s real time, combat proven, Tactical Data Link supporting a high situational awareness capability.

The L-159 is equipped with combat proven, advanced avionics, offering also an important growth potential can be used the USAF – as well as an economic solution presenting an Improved survivability upon its competitors. The L-159 is equipped with seven hard points for any combination of fuel, weapons, or mission equipment. A two-seat derivate of the single-seat L-159, designed for advanced and operational /lead-in fighter training is also available. All L-159 missions are supported by advanced planning and debriefing station.

L-39NG

The L-39NG aircraft is a modern and effective military light jet designed to meet pilot training and light attack requirements of modern air forces. The L-39NG is based on the aerodynamic concept of the current L-39 and incorporates the latest technologies and equipment. The aircraft is powered by the modern FJ44-4M engine supplied with the TAP Blue engine support service, to ensure highly reliable performance and predictable maintenance costs. The aircraft’s state of the art avionics is designed to support multi mission requirements and can be easily tailored to a customer’s specific requirements. The L-39NG is equipped with five hard-points for any combination of fuel, weapons or mission equipment. The aircraft also features a broad range of simulation technologies, including integration with high-tech tactical simulation centers to increase training efficiency. AERO and IAI collaborating on enhancing pilot training by integrating IAI’s virtual training solutions and helmet-mounted display as part of the overall L-39NG training system. The L-39NG project strategic partner is the Czech company Omnipol. For more information, visit www.l-39ng.aero

AERO Vodochody AEROSPACE

AERO Vodochody AEROSPACE a.s. focuses on the design and manufacture of military and civil aircraft and is the largest aircraft manufacturer in the Czech Republic and one of the oldest aerospace companies in the world. In the field of military aircraft, Aero has been a reliable long-term partner to many of the world’s air forces and it has a strong position in the market of military training and light combat aircraft. With a huge existing fleet of L-39 and with the brand-new L-39NG aircraft, Aero is positioning itself as a leader in the military light jet market. In the field of civil aviation, Aero partners with many of the world’s largest manufacturers in a diverse range of projects.  More recently, Aero is a full partner in several risk-sharing programs, taking responsibility not only for the production of structures but also for their development.

Israel Aerospace Industries

IAI is a world leader in both the defense and commercial markets, delivering state-of-the-art technologies and systems in all domains: air, space, land, sea, cyber, homeland security and ISR. Drawing on over 60 years of experience developing and supplying innovative, cutting-edge systems for customers around the world, IAI tailors optimized solutions that respond to the unique challenges facing each customer.  IAI employs its advanced and proven engineering, manufacturing and testing capabilities to develop, produce and support complete systems – from components, sensors and subsystems all the way to large-scale, fully-integrated systems of systems.

Tobias Tvrdik, AERO Vodochody AEROSPACE a. s.
Photo by Katsuhiko Tokunaga

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Aero Vodochody and Israel Aerospace Industries strengthening ties by cooperating on light jets

Vodochody, Czech republic, April 24, 2018 – The biggest Czech aircraft manufacturer with an unparalled background of supplying proven military light jets around the world, AERO Vodochody AEROSPACE a.s., and world leader in defense systems technologies, Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd., signed a partnership agreement relating to technical and marketing cooperation for the light combat L-159 aircraft.

The cooperation draws on the tradition and experience of Aero Vodochody in the field of military light jet aircraft, the L-159 proven robust platform which has been successfully operated and tested in NATO joint operations, Red Air exercises and real combat missions, and IAI’s innovative and cutting-edge technologies.

The partners have agreed to integrate new combat proven state-of-the-art avionics and other solutions, on the L-159 platform , and to jointly market the aircraft. This approach is focused on further strengthening the already proven L-159 and enhance its position in the light attack market.

Giuseppe Giordo, Aero Vodochody President & CEO said: “Together with IAI, Aero will be ready to offer aircraft with the best available technology. The agreement brings us together with a strong international partner with access to new potential customers.

Joseph Weiss, Israel Aerospace Industries President & CEO said: “The cooperation with Aero Vodochody opens up new and exciting oppertunities by combininng  the impressive proven performance of the L-159, with new innovative IAI systems, to provide customers with aircraft that meet their future requirements”.

AERO and IAI have agreed also to collaborate on enhancing pilot training by integrating IAI’s virtual training solutions as part of the overall L-39NG training system. The L-39NG is now the only platform on the market capable of meeting most of the pilot training syllabus including advanced portion. This will be of benefit to customers that decide to use only one platform for pilot training and also for customers that retain the two platforms approach, by reducing the number of advanced trainer aircraft resulting in significant cost reduction.

L-159

The L-159 aircraft brings together Aero’s long and proven experience in development and production of military jet aircraft, in which field Aero is historically the largest producer in the world, together with the latest advances in avionics, engine and aircraft systems technology. The L-159 is a light multi-role combat aircraft designed for a variety of air-to-air, air-to-ground and reconnaissance missions.

The aircraft is equipped with a state-of-the-art multi-mode IAI (Elta) radar for all-weather, day and night operations, can be equipped with IAI Real Time Tactical combat proven Data Link supporting a high capability of Situational Awareness presentation  and can carry a wide range of NATO standards stores including air-to-air and air-to-ground missiles and laser guided bombs. The two-seat L-159 is a derivate of the single-seat L-159, primarily designed for Advanced and Operational/Lead-In Fighter Training. The L-159 configuration can also be tailored to customer specific requirements and adapted to needs of basic training as well as combat missions including air-to-ground, patrol and reconnaissance missions – all supported by advanced planning and debriefing station.

L-39NG

The L-39NG aircraft is a modern and effective trainer designed to meet the comprehensive pilot training requirements of modern air forces. The L-39NG is based on the aerodynamic concept of the current L-39, but utilizes the latest technologies and equipment. The aircraft is powered  by the modern FJ44-4M engine supplied with the TAP Blue engine support service, to ensure highly reliable performance and predictable maintenance costs. The aircraft’s avionics are designed to support the training of future pilots of 4th and 5th generation aircraft and can be tailored to the customer’s specific requirements. The L-39NG is equipped with five hard-points for weapons. The aircraft also features a broad range of simulation technologies, including integration with high-tech tactical simulation centers to increase training efficiency. The L-39NG project strategic partner is the Czech company Omnipol. For more information, visit www.l-39ng.aero

 AERO Vodochody AEROSPACE

AERO Vodochody AEROSPACE a.s. focuses on the design and manufacture of military and civil aircraft and is the largest aircraft manufacturer in the Czech Republic and one of the oldest aerospace companies in the world. In the field of military aircraft, Aero has been a reliable long-term partner to many of the world’s air forces and it has a strong position in the market of military training and light combat aircraft. With a huge existing fleet of L-39 and with the brand new L-39NG aircraft, Aero is positioning itself as a leader in the jet training market. In the field of civil aviation, Aero partners with many of the world’s largest manufacturers in a diverse range of projects.  More recently, Aero is a full partner in several risk-sharing programs, taking responsibility not only for the production of structures but also for their development.

Israel Aerospace Industries

IAI is a world leader in both the defense and commercial markets, delivering state-of-the-art technologies and systems in all domains: air, space, land, sea, cyber, homeland security and ISR. Drawing on over 60 years of experience developing and supplying innovative, cutting-edge systems for customers around the world, IAI tailors optimized solutions that respond to the unique challenges facing each customer.  IAI employs its advanced and proven engineering, manufacturing and testing capabilities to develop, produce and support complete systems – from components, sensors and subsystems all the way to large-scale, fully-integrated systems of systems.

Tobias Tvrdik, AERO Vodochody AEROSPACE a. s.
Photo Katsuhiko Tokunaga

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First four “serial” Aero L-39NG will go to Senegal

After 20 years, Aero Vodochody is selling new aircraft on the international market. The President of the Republic of Senegal Macky Sall during the national celebration of the Independence Day announced a purchase of four L-39NG aircraft, developed by the leading Czech aircraft manufacturer Aero Vodochody.

The order of the Republic of Senegal contains four aircraft in light attack version, maintaining also the full training capability. The contract will also provide training of pilots, including conversion, instructor and combat training, maintenance personnel training, spare parts, ground support equipment and logistic support services.

During the past years, Aero focused more on aerostructures business delivering to main international aircraft manufacturers. “The L-39NG aircraft is the new future of Aero Vodochody, the company that has been producing proprietary aircraft since 1919. The L-39NG is based on successful aero dynamical concept of the current L-39, but is manufactured with the use of new technologies and contains modern systems,” said Giuseppe Giordo, the president of Aero Vodochody. “Currently we also have two additional contracts in a very mature state of negotiation,“ he added.

In January, Aero has started the L-39NG aircraft pre-series production line. Aero is currently producing a total of four L-39NGs. The first and the fourth aircraft will be used for flight tests, the second one for static tests and the third for fatigue tests. The first flight of the new pre-series L-39NG is planned to happen in the end of 2018. Aircraft deliveries are expected to start in early 2020.

Tobias Tvrdik, AERO Vodochody AEROSPACE a. s.

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Conference READ 2018 – Brno, Czech Rep., 7. – 9. 11. 2018

The Institute of Aerospace Engineering at FME at Brno University of Technology coridally invites all aviation companies to attend the READ 2018 conference. The conference is held at a two-year intervals and this year’s event will take place in the Czech Republic (7. – 9. 11. 2018). The conference is attended by major scientific and academic staff from across Europe. The core topics of the conference are new findings from the field of design, aerodynamics, technology, systems and other fields of aerospace engineering and their projection into education at universities.
For more information visit the webpage:  http://www.lu.fme.vutbr.cz/read2018cz/

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New progress in L-39NG development: The L-39CW received type certificate

Leading Czech aircraft manufacturer Aero Vodochody received type certificate for the L-39CW jet trainer, which represents the L-39 aircraft re-engining and modernization of avionics equipment. This step represents also important milestone in development of L-39NG, the new generation of the successful jet trainer.

Development of the L-39NG is divided in 2 phases to arrive to complete new aircraft composed by new airframe, new engine, new avionics, new cockpit (canopy, ejection seat etc.) and other new features. First step certifies the integration of the new engine and new avionics on an existing L-39 platform leading to intermediate configuration L-39CW. Second step, built upon the first one, will bring new airframe and other systems modifications.

This approach has enabled the anticipation of significant flight test activities, without waiting for the new airframe currently in the production process. The L-39CW will provide also an immediate solution for current operators by upgrading existing platforms with the new engine and new avionics (still 600 aircraft flying around the world). Another benefit of such an approach is Aero Vodochody to produce the new aircraft directly in a serial production configuration rather than prototype.

“Aero has now certification for both, the engine installation and the new avionics. Such an achievement give us important advantage in the schedule of the L-39NG project compared to our competitors and an already available solution for L-39 users. It is an important milestone in our path to roll-out and flying the new aircraft this year,” said the President of Aero Vodochody Giuseppe Giordo.

The type certificate was granted by the military aviation supervisory department of the Ministry of Defense, after the successful completion of the development of the L-39CW.

At the time when the L-39CW successfully completed the development and subsequent certification, the development of new generation aircraft with the designation L-39NG successfully continues. This is now in the stage of pre-serial production of the first four pieces.

The development of the L-39NG aircraft and its intermediate solution L-39CW attracts great attention of a number of countries that need to address the modernization of their training squadron.

The two step approach allows the existing users to build in advance the facilities for the operation of the new L-39NG aircraft and to train pilots based on the new system and new functionalities. In addition to that, Aero offers its customers to reuse later both the new FJ44-4M engine and the new avionics in the newly manufactured L-39NG aircraft, which will allow to strategically spreading out the investment in the purchase of the trainer over time.

About the L-39CW

For L-39 operators who want to increase the performance and availability of their aircraft, AERO Vodochody AEROSPACE offers the possibility to re-engine existing airframes with the new FJ44-4M Williams International engine and to equip the aircraft with new avionics. Compare to original AI-25TL engine, the FJ44-4M has faster acceleration, lower weight, requires no APU and has lower fuel consumption. One of possible usage of L-39 CW is as an intermediate step before acquisition of brand new L-39NG with the same engine and avionics.

About the L-39NG

The L-39NG is a modern and efficient training type aircraft designed as a unified and complex tool for a truly comprehensive training of modern air forces. The aircraft is based on the aerodynamic concept of the original L-39s, but utilizes contemporary technology and equipment. It is powered by a highly modern FJ44-4M engine delivered with the TAP Blue maintenance system, providing its users with unprecedented readiness and predictability of the maintenance cost. The aircraft avionics are prepared for training of future pilots of the fourth and fifth generation aircraft and they can be adapted to a large extend to a customer requirements. The L-39NG is equipped with five hard points for carrying weaponry. A part of the aircraft is also a wide spectrum of simulation technologies, including integration to a highly modern tactical simulation center to increase training efficiency. A strategic partner of the L-39NG project is Omnipol that by 50% financially contributes to the development of the aircraft. More details about the new aircraft can be found on www.l-39ng.aero.

About AERO Vodochody AEROSPACE a.s.

AERO Vodochody AEROSPACE a.s. focuses on development and production of civilian and military aircraft. It is the largest aircraft manufacturer in the Czech Republic and one of the oldest aircraft manufacturers in the world. In the area of proprietary aircraft, Aero is a long-term partner of a number of Army Air Forces and it has a strong position in the market of military training and light combat aircraft. With hundreds of still-in-use L-39s, and in particular thanks to its new L-39NG aircraft, Aero profiles itself as a leader in the world’s jet trainer market.

In the field of civil aviation, Aero is a partner to the largest aerospace manufacturers in a wide range of projects. In recent years, it has taken responsibility not only for the production but also for the development of structural parts of aircraft thanks to several risk-sharing programs.

Tobias Tvrdik, Aero Vodochody

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Aerospace Elites Head to Prague

Lectures of aviation legends as well as the chance to meet the top players of the aerospace industry – all this will be possible during an international aerospace conference called Flying 4 Students which will take place in Prague, Czech Republic, in early March. The event aims to introduce the world of aerospace to young people and to enable them to start a career in the field.

The event will be held in the famous historical Bethlehem Chapel and will offer 10 lectures given by world-class aviation personalities. Visitors will be able to enjoy presentations made by Jacques Bothelin, the leader of the well-known Breitling Jet Team, or Justin Hughes, the former Executive Officer of the famous Red Arrows. Hundreds of students attending the event will also be addressed by the president of the American Lindbergh Foundation, John L. Petersen.

Another important part of the conference consists of workshops led by experts from renowned aerospace companies. Many of them will be looking for talent to bring back to their working teams. Czech Air Navigational Services and Eurocontrol are among those organizations which have already confirmed that they will organize their workshops.

Flying 4 Students will culminate with an exclusive gala where there will be opportunities to get acquainted with significant personalities of both the Czech and global aerospace industry in a more social setting.

The event is organized by the non-profit organization Aerolife which has already made a name for themselves through several interesting activities. „We carried out an air expedition across Western Europe which took us all the way to Morocco and back. We also had the opportunity to give a ride to Sir Nicholas Winton as a thank you for his heroic efforts instrumental in saving hundreds of Jewish children from Czechoslovakia on the brink of World War 2,“ says Martin Meloun, Aerolife’s Chairman of the Board.

In 2016, Aerolife also organized a successful event called Flying 4 People, which promoted aviation and at the same time served as a fair for aerospace companies. “Thanks to this event, we have gained a lot of useful contacts and we started dreaming about putting together something even bigger and truly revolutionary. Flying 4 Students is the result,” explains Mr, Meloun.

Event Details
Date: March 8th – 9th, 2018
Place: Bethlehem Chapel, Betlémské náměstí 255/4, Prague, Czech Republic

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GE Aviation announces first run of the Advanced Turboprop engine

PRAGUE – December 27, 2017 – GE Aviation’s Advanced Turboprop engine, the first clean-sheet turboprop engine to hit the Business and General Aviation (BGA) market in more than 30 years, successfully completed its first engine test run at GE Aviation’s facility in Prague, Czech Republic, on Friday (December 22).

“Running the Advanced Turboprop engine this year was our biggest and most important goal,” said Brad Mottier, vice president and general manager of GE Aviation’s BGA and Integrated Systems organization. “This milestone comes as a result of two years of tremendous effort by a worldwide team. We’re developing a real catalyst for the BGA market and we’re executing on plan. The integration of proven technologies has expedited the design, development and certification cycle of the engine.”

The Advanced Turboprop engine will begin certification testing in 2018. The engine will power Textron Aviation’s new Cessna Denali, which is expected to fly in late 2018. By the time the Denali enters into service, the engine will have completed more than 2000 hours of testing.

Control room

“The continued testing will generate valuable data from the engine and validate the aerodynamics, mechanics, and aerothermal systems,” said Paul Corkery, general manager for GE Aviation Turboprops. “With the engine run and most of the individual component testing completed, early indications show that we will meet or exceed all the performance numbers we have quoted for the engine.”

The new 1,240 SHP-rated Advanced Turboprop engine is in the family of turboprop engines aimed at BGA aircraft in the 1,000-1,600 SHP range. With 79 new technologies introduced, the engine offers a portfolio of advanced technology, as well as unparalleled performance and efficiency.

The Advanced Turboprop engine features an industry-best 16:1 overall pressure ratio, enabling the engine to achieve as much as 20 percent lower fuel burn and 10 percent higher cruise power compared to competitor offerings in the same size class. At 4,000 hours, it offers 33 percent more time between overhaul than its leading competitor.

ATP engine in testing box

When installed on the Denali, these engine efficiencies allow for a larger cabin experience with a comfortable 6000-foot cabin altitude at a 30,000-foot cruising altitude, as well as class-leading, low cost of operation compared to smaller aircraft in the category.

The Advanced Turboprop engine’s proven technology developed from GE’s large commercial and regional engines has reduced engine development risk and timing. It is the first turboprop engine in its class to introduce two stages of variable stator vanes and cooled high-pressure turbine blades, proven technologies developed by GE in its large commercial engines and flown more than 1.3 billion flight hours. With the use of advanced 3-dimensional aerodynamics, improved materials, and cooled turbine technologies, the Advanced Turboprop engine will deliver significantly higher efficiency, as well as greater performance and durability than other engines in its class.

The Advanced Turboprop engine includes more printed components than any production engine in aviation history with 35 percent of the turboprop’s parts built via additive manufacturing. A total of 855 conventionally manufactured parts has been reduced to 12 additive parts, including sumps, bearing housings, frames, exhaust case, combustor liner, heat exchangers and stationary flow path components. Additive components reduce the ATP’s weight by 5 percent while contributing a 1 percent improvement in specific fuel consumption (SFC).

Celebration after first run

Since Mottier unveiled the Advanced Turboprop engine at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Convention in November of 2015, GE Aviation has committed more than $400 million in development costs for the engine. GE also finalized an agreement with the Czech government to build its new turboprop headquarters for development, test and engine-production in the Czech Republic. When complete and at full production rate, this new facility is expected to have 500 additional employees. GE Aviation Czech has already added around 180 jobs, with another 80 expected in 2018.

Source: GE Aviation press release
Pictures: Miroslav Oros, airZone.TV

 

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Christmas meeting of CCAI members had a very relaxed atmosphere. Don’t miss equally relaxed micro-interviews!

On Thursday 14 December, representatives of companies associated in the Confederation of the Czech Aviation Industry met in Prague KOGO restaurant for informal session. The meeting had a very relaxed pre-Christmas atmosphere even though the attendees found time to discuss latest news about European Defence Fund. Members gave positive feedback on the events CCAI organised during this year, especially the panel discussion on 3D printing in aviation and the round table of representatives of students, universities and industrial companies. Professional public also appraised latest activities of the Confederation in external communication.

In 2018, Confederation of the Czech Aviation Industry plans to organise more panel discussions and round tables. The next discussion should take place in March or April. Topic of the meeting is not set yet so we will appreciate any relevant suggestions.

During the Christmas event, we managed to shoot couple of informal micro-interviews with managers from main Czech aerospace companies. And they will convince you that leaders of Czech aviation industry have a special sense of humour as well as many inspirational ideas.

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First “CCAI Round Table” focused on cooperation between industry and universities

Representatives of students, universities and aviation companies met on Thursday 7 December at first CCAI Round Table. Main topic of event organised by the Confederation of the Czech Aviation Industry on premises of the Department of Aerospace Engineering of Czech Technical University in Prague was cooperation between industry and universities.

Guests of the discussion representing universities were Robert Theiner from the Department of Aerospace Engineering of CTU in Prague, Tomáš Vampola from Aerospace Research Centre also of CTU in Prague and Robert Popela from Institute of Aerospace Engineering of Brno University of Technology. From companies, AERO Vodochody AEROSPACE, GE Aviation Czech, LOM Praha, ATG, Ray Service and Řízení letového provozu (Air Navigation Services) sent speakers. Representative of the Czech Invest agency was also present to the discussion. Vojtěch Malý, one of CCAI coordinators, hosted the round table.

Discussion focused on several topics including terms of publishing diploma theses in relation to sensitive data contained in them, methodology of setting themes of diploma theses and seeking for a way to address students with offer to work in aviation.

As a result of the round table, the Confederation of the Czech Aviation Industry has to fulfil several tasks. First of all, CCAI must help to create methodology facilitating communication between companies and universities. CCAI will also help international students to get summer jobs in Czech aviation companies.

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3D print in Czech Aviation Industry

Can aviation manufacturers use 3D print in their production? What are pros and cons of this technology and what about its future? Those were main questions of a panel discussion organised by the Confederation of the Czech Aviation Industry on Wednesday 29th November in the Czech Institute of Informatics, Robotics and Cybernetics.

Representatives of both universities and industrial companies were present at the panel hosted by Alice Undusová, executive director of CCAI, and Michael Valášek, dean of Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the Czech Technical University in Prague. “3D print is one of areas where industrial companies and scientific institutions have very similar level of knowledge,” explained the dean. One of his colleagues from CTU, Mr. Beránek then summarised main advantages and disadvantages of the additive technology and Mr. Vrána from Brno University of Technology described how they test limits of 3D print of various materials. On both universities, students use their knowledge and experience with 3D print in projects of designing and building their own Formula cars.

Representing the industry, Mr. Kůs from Ray Service company described usage of additive technology in production of interconnection cables and engine harnesses for aviation industry. Mr. Vtípil from CARDAM – Center of Applied Research and Development for Additive Manufacturing shared his experience from projects running in cooperation with the Czech Academy of Science. One example of extended usage of 3D printing shared also Milan Šlapák from GE Aviation Czech. In development and manufacturing of new ATP engine, GE used additive technology to reduce time of the development, production cost and even the weight of the engine. “There are 21 3D printed parts on the engine, but they replace 855 parts that we would produce with conventional technology,” said Šlapák.

The presentations were followed by fruitful discussion with students. After the session, attendees had a chance to view objects presented by the speakers as examples of 3D print used in aviation.

 

If you understand Czech, watch the whole discussion:

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Aero has accomplished the development of the L-39CW

AERO Vodochody AEROSPACE is set to be able to start delivering the re-engining of the L-39 aircraft to customers from next year. The development stage of the L-39CW Project with the FJ44-4M Engine, made by Williams International, and with new avionics was successfully accomplished by flying and ground tests.

Among existing users of L-39s, there are currently about 40 countries. Almost 600 of those aircraft are still in operation. “Based on big existing fleet and our approach of supporting L-39s users and building business relationships with them, we developed a package, available for the customers to improve operating capabilities by new engine and also new avionics,” said Giuseppe Giordo, president of Aero Vodochody. The aircraft’s avionics are prepared to train future pilots of 4th and 5th generation aircraft and can be tailored to the customer’s requirements to a great extent.

The L-39CW would provide also an intermediate step to the full brand new L39NG with the same FJ44-4M engine and same avionics, but with more features on top of new airframe. Such a solution introduces an opportunity to build up new facilities in advance for the operation of the new L-39NG aircraft and re-train pilots. Aero also offers its clients with later reuse of both the FJ44-4M engine and the new avionics in the newly manufactured L-39NG aircraft, allowing the clients to strategically distribute in time this considerable investment.

L-39CW during flight tests

The aircraft development culminated with ground and flight tests that were carried out with the purpose to measure the pressure field inside the fuselage at the engine air intake. These tests are required by Williams International and they are also part of the requirements on verification of capability of the engine installation. “The measurement results confirmed that the operating parameters declared by the manufacturer are guaranteed even when housed in the L-39C fuselage,” said Marco Venanzetti, the head of L-39NG program.

The L-39CW project entered the last stage of the certification program, meaning check flights under the supervision of the certification authority. Aero expects issuance of a type certificate for the new product by the end of 2017. In 2018, deliveries of the so much-anticipated L-39C reconstructions to the upgraded version of the L-39CW may start.  There are currently already underway promising negotiations with several customers on tens of re-engined aircraft and Aero plan to contact other.

L-39CW
For L-39 operators who want to increase the performance and availability of their aircraft, AERO Vodochody AEROSPACE offers the possibility to re-engine existing airframes with the new FJ44-4M Williams International engine and to equip the aircraft with new avionics. Compare to original AI-25TL engine, the FJ44-4M has faster acceleration, lower weight, requires no APU and has lower fuel consumption. One of possible usage of L-39 CW is as an intermediate step before acquisition of brand new L-39NG with the same engine and avionics.

L-39NG

The L-39NG aircraft is a modern and effective trainer designed as a unified, comprehensive training system for modern air forces. The L-39NG is based on the aerodynamic concept of the current L-39, but utilizes the latest technologies and equipment. Power is provided by the highly modern FJ44-4M engine supplied with the TAP Blue engine support service to ensure unprecedented airworthiness and predictable maintenance costs. The aircraft’s avionics are prepared to train future pilots of 4th and 5th generation aircraft and can be tailored to the customer’s requirements to a great extent. The L-39NG is equipped with five mounting points for weapons. The aircraft also features a broad range of simulation technologies, including the integration into high-tech tactical simulation centers with the goal of increasing training efficiency. The strategic partner in the L-39NG project is company Omnipol that contributes 50% financially to the aircraft’s development. For more information, visit www.l-39ng.aero.

Williams FJ44-4M engine instalation

AERO Vodochody AEROSPACE

AERO Vodochody AEROSPACE a.s. focuses on the design and manufacturing of military and civil aircraft and is the largest aviation manufacturer in the Czech Republic and one of the oldest aerospace companies worldwide. In the field of military aircraft, Aero has been a reliable long-term partner to many of the world’s air forces and it has a strong position on the market of military training and light combat aircraft. With a huge existing fleet of L-39 and with a brand new aircraft, L-39NG, Aero is positioning itself as a leader in the jet training market. In the field of civil aviation, Aero partners with many of the world’s largest manufacturers in a diverse range of projects. More recently, Aero became a full partner in several risk-sharing programs, taking responsibility not only for the production of structures but also for development.

Source: AERO Vodochody AEROSPACE, Tobias Tvrdik
Photo: Katsuhiko Tokunaga, Zbynek Smetana (airZone.TV)
Video: AERO Vodochody AEROSPACE, airZone.TV

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News from autumn meeting of the CCAI

On Tuesday 17th October 2017, another meeting of representatives of companies and institutions of the Confederation of the Czech Aviation Industry took place in Aero Vodochody company. Currently, there are 23 aviation companies, 4 universities and 2 other institution associated in the Confederation.

In addition to the regular agenda, the discussion focused on the topic of European Defence Fund, through which a large amount of money will be allocated in the near future, and part of it can be used in projects of Czech aviation companies and their partners.

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As news from the companies associated in the Confederation, we can share information from GE Aviation where currently run test of compressor of a new engine that should be manufactured on a new factory plant in the Czech Republic. GE Aviation intents to announce exact location of this plant on the beginning of 2018. Aero Vodochody completed flight test of L-39NG technological demonstrator; the L-39 aircraft with new engine and avionics should be certified by the Civil Aviation Authority in the near future. LOM PRAHA is intensively working on restoring of the Czech helicopter fleet and it is considering expanding the repair capacities to Přerov, Moravia, where it would like to partly relocate also training of helicopter pilots. Its subsidiary LOM PRAHA TRADE a.s. successfully completed training of several dozen Afghan pilots of small helicopters and aircraft.

Other members of the Confederation have also many news. Flight school Flying Academy expands to the US and to India; Chinese investor entered Jihlavan Airplanes company; firearms factory Česká zbrojovka has allocated its automotive and aviation projects to its subsidiary ČZ-Auto; and ATG company is purchasing new technologies for NDT testing. Zodiac Galleys Europe continues to grow and is currently in the process of joining the Safran Group, which should be completed in the first months of next year. Znojemské strojírny company celebrates its 25th anniversary on the 1st November; the machinery begins to intensively robotize some parts of the production. BEKO Engineering has opened a new branch in Pilsen and recruits new employees. The Czech Technical University in Prague and the Brno University of Technology are responding to the problem of shortage of qualified employees and they report growth of number of students in fields close to aviation.

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The Confederation of the Czech Aviation Industry intensifies also its own presentation. The closest event the Confederation prepares in cooperation with the Czech Technical University in Prague prepares, is meeting with students, the public and journalists during a panel discussion on the topic of 3D printing in the aerospace industry. This event will take place on 29th November at 15:00 at the university in the recently opened CIIRC (Czech Institute of Informatics, Robotics and Cybernetics) building.

We will inform you about mentioned news and events in detail in special articles and reportages.

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CCAI Annual General Meeting with take place at Ray Service

On Thursday 27th of April, the CCAI’s Annual General Meeting along with a regular Members Meeting will take place

This year the Confederation has chosen the residence of Ray Service, a.s. in Staré Město in Moravia, near Uherské Hradiště, to host the event. Ray Service, a.s. is a company specialising in  complex solutions in cable harnesses and electromechanical assemblies.

 

Besides formal duties, members will focus on topics such as planned activities for 2017 or extending cooperation with technical universities.

 

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Embraer KC-390 military transport makes successful first flight

São José dos Campos – SP, February 3, 2015 – Embraer today successfully performed the
first flight of the new military transport and aerial refueling jet, the KC-390. Test pilots
Mozart Louzada and Marcos Salgado de Oliveira Lima and flight test engineers Raphael
Lima and Roberto Becker flew the aircraft for 1 hour and 25 minutes, conducting an
evaluation of flying qualities and performance.
“This first flight is a fundamental step toward accomplishing the task with which we were
entrusted. The KC-390 is the result of a close cooperation with the Brazilian Air Force and
international partners, representing what is most likely the greatest technological challenge
that the Company has ever encountered in its history. We are profoundly moved for having
achieved this key milestone”, said Frederico Fleury Curado, President and CEO of Embraer.
“The program continues to move forward as planned and the KC-390 has drawn interest from
several countries around the world”, said Jackson Schneider, President and CEO of Embraer
Defense & Security. “We are proud to once again keep our commitments in the development
of this aircraft, which will set a new standard in the category of tactical military transport.”
“The KC-390 will be the backbone of transport aviation for the Brazilian Air Force. From the
Amazon to Antarctica, the fleet of 28 aircraft will play a key role in the diversity of projects
of the Brazilian State, from scientific research to the maintenance of sovereignty”, said
Aeronautics Commander, Lieutenant-Brigadier General Nivaldo Luiz Rossato.
On its maiden flight, the KC-390 crew performed maneuvers to evaluate its flight
characteristics and conducted a variety of systems tests, having benefited from an advanced
campaign of simulations and extensive ground tests. “The KC-390 behaved in a docile and
predictable manner,” said Captain Louzada. “The advanced fly-by-wire flight control system
and the latest-generation avionics make flying easy and render a smooth and precise flight.”

About the KC-390

The KC-390 is a joint project of the Brazilian Air Force and Embraer to develop and produce
a tactical military transport and air-to-air refueling plane that represents a significant advance
in terms of technology and innovation for the Brazilian aeronautics industry. This is an
aircraft designed to set new standards in its class, at a lower operational cost and with
flexibility to perform a wide range of missions: transport and airdropping of cargo and troops,
aerial refueling, search and rescue, and forest fire response, among others.

On May 20, 2014, Embraer and the Brazilian Air Force signed the serial production contract
for the delivery of 28 KC-390 aircraft and initial logistic support. Besides the order from the
Brazilian Air Force, there are current purchase intentions from other countries, for a total of
32 additional aircraft.

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The production of aircraft interiors and equipment has grown and number of employees in Pilsen has increased over 60 percent

The Zodiac Galleys Europe ltd. Company has introduced a new type of aircraft galleys for Airbus.

Production plants of Zodiac Galleys Europe ltd. in Pilsen at Borská pole are currently producing 35 sets per month – composed of aircraft galleys and crew rests for Airbus that is approximately 5 more than in 2013. The number of employees has grown from May 2013 from 520 to 850 in Pilsen with the annual turnover increase to estimated 74 million Euros in 2014. In Pilsen production area is currently being developed new product – innovation of the kitchen module that will have significant positive economic impact for the turnover of the airlines. Suppliers of the components for Zodiac Galleys Europe ltd. are to the large extent Czech manufacturers.

 

Zodiac Galleys Europe ltd. specializes in aircraft galleys manufacturing and crew rests for the flight crew. They hold nearly a 90% market share of crew rests for the flight crew of Airbuses A330 and in 2013 became a soul supplier of new aircraft galleys for Airbuses A320, which lead to expansion of the factory grounds at Borská pole in Pilsen by a new manufacturing hall. The Pilsen plants have a monthly production of 35 Ship-sets (aircraft galleys and crew rests) that will be inserted on Airbus A320 planes. Last year it was 30 sets. “Thanks to the new manufacturing hall and new contracts the production has grown in a dynamic manner” states Joe Maxant, General Manager at Zodiac Galleys Europe. “Finished products are transported from Pilsen to Hamburg or Toulouse, where they are directly built into the aircraft.” he adds.

The expansion of production went hand in hand with the increase of employees.  The company is currently employing in Plzen, Czech Republic 850 employees which is 330 more employees than a year ago. The greatest increase was in the number of production workers, other non-manufacturing departments with increased numbers were Engineering, Warehouse and Quality” stated Joe Maxant, General Manager of Zodiac Galleys Europe. For the company Zodiac Galleys Europe works in total around 1000 employees (inclusive of the Netherlands and Tunisia plants). Assembly of sets require extremely specific skills from workers, this is due to input of thousands of tiny components and output of one product, entering the aircraft.

The company Zodiac Galleys Europe ltd. extends also the portfolio of its products. Currently in cooperation with Airbus is developing new type of kitchen module. Its most important innovation is that allows an additional row of 6 seats for travellers. That means a major economic impact for the revenues of airliners.

Components for the products of the company Zodiac Galleys Europe ltd. are supplied over 40 % by Czech suppliers. Kitchen modules and crew rests for pilots which come from Pilsen to the aircrafts are mainly composed from the components made in the Czech Republic. The ratio of the Czech suppliers the company Zodiac Galleys Europe ltd. wants to yet increase by 60%.

 

Due to the increase in Demand, Zodiac Galley’s Europe organized a Supply chain event, rewarding the best performers with an award and Public acknowledgement. The demand of local supply chain has grown significantly, employing companies and hundreds of workers located in the Czech Republic, Central Europe, and going as far as Thailand. On the 27th of May 2014 the company Zodiac Galleys Europe ltd. organized ‚Suppliers Day‘ during which awarded the best suppliers from its supply chain. The award for the Best Supplier of stable and timely supply in the 100% quality received the company MegTechnologies Inc., supplier of high quality connecting material for aircraft industry. The Award for the Best Improvement of the supplies and steady growth received company Groth Luftfahrt- und Systemtechnik GmbH & Co. KG that designs and produces equipment for kitchen modules and toilets for aircraft industry. And finally the award for the Best Support and Flexibility and also development based on the needs received the company Quittner & Schimek ltd. the supplier of the electronic equipment for the sophisticated applications in aircraft industry, army and telecommunication technologies.

 

Zodiac Galleys Europe ltd. is the only Zodiac Aerospace plant in the Czech Republic. Zodiac Aerospace has been founded in 1896. It currently ranks among top 10 leading companies manufacturing aircraft interiors and equipment in the world and its shares is increasing. In their manufacturing plants and companies all over the globe the Zodiac Aerospace employs 30 000 people.


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Two new members joined CCAI at the last meeting in Semily

This year’s third meeting of CCAI took place in Charvát AXL in Semily on 29.5.2014. Two new members joined the CCAI at that meeting – Aviation Navigation Services of the Czech Republic and Flying Academy s.r.o. In the evening less formal part of the meeting took place – visit to Svijany brewery followed by thorough sampling of the local production. See more photos on our Facebook profile.

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Number of employees, exports and revenues of CCAI member companies showed significant growth in 2013

CCAI Press Announcement 14th  May, 2014

 

Nineteen companies joined in Czech Confederation Aviation Industry provided its financial data to the CCAI in order to be able to compile confederation statistics for 2013 year and it resulted into a very positive image of the Czech Aviation industry!  All major indicators such as export, sales, profit and number of employees showed significant growth despite of not very favorable economic climate of year 2013. Combined revenues of members companies grew by  almost 29% and out of this pure aviation production grew by 51%! Export grew by almost 25%. However, the fastest growing indicator was operation profit and profit that grew by amazing 351% and 344% respectively which in absolute numbers means 1.8 respectively 1.5 billion CZK. After five times growth in 2015 it means that another more than threefold growth. Together with profit also total sales grew by almost 29% and reached up to 8.7 billion CZK. Number of employees of CCAI member companies increased by 11% to 4,861. Out of this total number 3,772 employees were directly participating in aviation production which means that this employment in this segment grew by 15% compared to 2012. From the above numbers it is apparent that productivity grew a lot as well. One of very positive results of CCAI’s work is the growth of mutual sales among the members that increased by 24.5%.

Confederation of Czech Aviation Industry joined 19 production companies engaged in aviation and aviation supplies and four universities and 2 other institutions. Among the most significant activities of the CCAI member companies are production and integration of aviation parts, development and construction of engines for civil aircraft, development, aircraft construction and repairs, avionics and flight systems, aircraft kitchenettes and interiors and production of machined parts.

 (numbers in thousands  CZK) 2010 2011 2012 2013
Total sales 5 852 551 6 242 422 6 777 299 8 717 382
Sales   – aviation production and services 4 780 778 4 793 841 5 966 626 7 394 033
Operational profit 436 525 248 878 392 157 1 769 624
Export 3 071 167 3 297 058 4 523 582 5 454 291
Number of employees 3 683 4 065 4 369 4 861
Sales among members of CCAI 225 098 319 467 246 552 307 020

 

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BEKO Engineering became the twenty-seventh member of CCAI

BEKO Engineering, spol. s r.o. was founded in 1991 as a subsidiary of Austria´s largest company in the fields of industry using the computers science BEKO Engineering & Informatik AG, forming an important part of technologically oriented Holding company providing services BEKO HOLDING AG.

BEKO Engineering, spol. s r.o. is one of holding´s branch. It is focused on IT solutions with the engineering services. Since it was founded, the company has been a reliable business partner of IBM and Dassault Systemes. It is responsible for a delivery and support of PLM CATIA, ENOVIA and SmarTeam solution, including the related services providing engineering services.

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ZLIN AIRCRAFT a.s. signed contract on supply of 15 light training airplanes Z-242L to the South America

ZLIN AIRCRAFT a.s. celebrates  80th anniversary of its existence this year and just announced signature of contract for delivery of another 15 light trainers Z-242L to Latin American customer. This is a follow-on of last year’s successful delivery of 5 aircraft.  Double-seaters Z 242 L certified also in the aerobatic category and equipped with digital avionics will be used by Mexican Navy for basic pilot training and all 15 aircraft will be delivered to the customer during 2014. This important contract will require increasing number of employees of Zlin Aircraft and therefore it will contribute to employment in the region.

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maxmechanik – new member of Confederation of the Czech Aviation Industry

Company maxmechanik s.r.o. based in Rožnov pod Radhoštěm recently joined Confederation of the Czech Aviation Industry. This mechanical engineering company specializes in production of precisely milled, turned and drilled parts. Swiss owners and management team guarantee a partnership-based relationship with customers and suppliers.

maxmechanik s.r.o. offers to its customers precise treatment of metals (aluminum, steel and stainless steel, copper) and plastics and also assembly work. Over 90% of production and assembly capacities maxmechanik exports to DACH markets. Main customers are from branches as Aviation/astronautics, Air defence technology and Precision mechanics.

The integrated quality management system was certified by TÜV Süd (ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001) in December 2011. This makes maxmechanik one of the first mechanical suppliers in the Czech Republic to have a certified integrated quality management system.

Together with maxmechanik Confederation of the Czech Aviation Industry now have 26 members from various regions of the Czech Republic.

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STARTECH certified to the EN AS9100 and ISO 9001:2008 standards

The STARTECH spol.s r.o., which focuses on the production of rotary and non-rotary machined parts and components, was successfully certified according EN AS9100 rev. C (aviation and space production) and ISO 9001:2008. Both certificates were issued by Lloyd’s Register (LRQA) autority.

STARTECH has become one of the 40 Czech companies so far, which have its quality management system successfully certified in compliance with EN AS9100 certificate.

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ZLIN AIRCRAFT a.s. has signed new contract

The Czech aircraft manufacturer ZLIN AIRCRAFT a.s. has signed a new contract with Escuela de Aviación Naval to deliver ZLIN Z 242 to Mexican Navy. The company said that the contract involved 5 new aircraft, which will be delivered this year and others, which are planned to deliver next year. The aircraft will be operated for training purposes of naval pilots.

The Mexican Navy has been ZLIN aircraft operator since 2001. More than seven ZLIN aircraft are still in service there. New orders from Mexico represent a significant increase in aircraft production at ZLIN AIRCRAFT’s facility this year. The company expects to acquire new orders from customers in other countries and as a result of this, new investments especially in assembly hall were made.

ZLIN 242L in acrobatic version is one of the ZLIN AIRCRAFT products currently offered on the
market. Additionally, new ZLIN 143 LSi FLIR with reconnaissance equipment was also launched this year. The aircraft has recently achieved 13 hours test flight.

The company based in Otrokovice is a traditional Czech aircraft manufacturer of acrobatic, training and multi-role aircraft, which employs 160 skilled people. ZLIN AIRCRAFT will celebrate 80 years of anniversary in 2014. Jan Antonin Bata founded the company in 1934.

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Nextant has selected GE’s H80 Engine to power its G90XT aircraft

Nextant Aerospace, a pioneer in the modernization of business and corporate aircraft, has selected GE’s improved H80 engine to power its first G90XT turboprop aircraft, built upon emanufacturing the King Air C90 aircraft. In addition to the G90XT, Nextant and GE signed a collaborative agreement to work on future product studies in which GE will be the preferred engine supplier.

The enhanced H80 engine for the G90XT will include an integrated electronic engine control system for single-lever power control, full auto-start capability and direct interface with the aircraft
avionics system to further ease pilot work load. The engine will also incorporate a new slower-turning propeller gearbox for reduced cabin and community noise. Other key features of the H80 engine are GE’s 3-D aerodynamic design techniques and advanced materials that create a powerful, fuel-efficient, durable engine with no recurrent fuel nozzle inspections and no hot section inspection. The engine has a service life of 3,600 flight-hours or 6,600 cycles between overhauls. The H80 engine family also offers a standard auto start and limiting unit to simplify engine start-up as well as a choice of propeller governors to allow customers flexibility in propeller selection.

Beyond business aviation, the G90XT aircraft will be available in special mission configurations. With more than 7,000 King Air aircraft produced, Nextant will have a large pool of airframes from which to choose.

Unison designs new H-Series Electronic Engine Control system

GE selected Unison Industries to design and manufacture the first-in-class integrated Electronic Engine Control (EEC) on the H-Series family (H80, H75 and H85) of turboprops engines. The design will be certified for use on all current and future H-Series family platforms.

The EEC, which will be optional on H-Series engines, will enable single-lever power control to enable the pilot to adjust both engine power and propeller speed for the throttle and flight conditions, while allowing for in-flight torque and temperature limiting to protect the
engine and aircraft. The system will also provide full auto-start capability, engine trend monitoring, and direct interface with aircraft avionics systems to further ease pilot workload.

Unison Industries, LLC, is a leader in the design, manufacture and integration of electrical and mechanical components and systems for aircraft engines and airframes. Unison serves both original equipment manufacturers and aftermarket customers in commercial, military and
general aviation markets.

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CCAI expanding: Ray Service Company became new member

The Ray Service Company has already become 25th member of the Confederation of  the Czech Aviation Industry at the beginning of October 2013. CCAI has been growing both in terms of the aviation revenues and the number of members since 2012.

Ray Service together with its affiliated sister companies (EWAS, Ray Service ADE and
Raytech ADC) represent a wide range of capabilities and offer comprehensive solutions in electromechanical components, subassemblies, assemblies, wire harnesses and electronics business. The company established in 1994 is certified in compliance with EN9100, AQAP2120 and EASA Part 21 certifications. The company is focused on aerospace and defence sectors, which has currently 67% share in its business. Its customers in the production of cable harnesses involve such names as Thales AES France or Airbus Germany through AOA Avionics partner.

The company is going to open a new production hall equipped with the latest 5 axis machining centres this year and thus its profile as an indispensable partner  for complex aviation work packages will be reinforced. The company offers capabilities from engineering, investment casting, machining, electromechanical components production and electronics integration, up to final assembly and testing.

The Ray Service Company presented its contributions to CCAI at general meeting on September 26, 2013. Peter Gabriel, its owner, stressed that marketing and new business opportunities are the major driver for joining CCAI.

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Česká letecká servisní a.s. joined the CCAI

Česká letecká servisní a.s. has become a new member of the Confederation of the Czech Aviation industry (CCAI). The company activities involve avionics system solutions, integration and engineering services, production of wire harnesses, avionics line maintenance as well as installations and avionics sales. The company holds EASA PART 21 and PART 145 certificates as well as it`s quality assurance system is certified according to ISO 9001:2000 and AQAP 2110 standards. The company cooperates with major avionics manufacturers such as Rockwell Collins, Honeywell, Garmin and others.

The company was presented by Mr. Ján Scholtz, Managing Director, at the CCAI regular meeting in August. He emphasized that the company is interested in working with other CCAI members and contribute to joint marketing activities of this organization.

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CCAI members initiated new business opportunities at MAKS

Following a long-term tradition in Czech aircraft deliveries to Russia and other republics of former Soviet Union, the Confederation of the Czech Aviation Industry (CCAI) and its members – AERO Vodochody AEROSPACE, ATG Group, LOM PRAHA, GE Aviation Czech, Jihlavan and TL Elektronic presented their capabilities at MAKS Air Show, which was held from August 27 to September 1, 2013. The CCAI members have attracted much attention during the trade fair, especially in the area of maintenance and modifications of aircraft made in the Czech Republic, which are still operated in Russia in hundreds and which are popular. The companies also discussed the possibilities of being involved in upgrades of avionics and systems with Russian counterparts. And therefore, the maintenance and fleet management issues were one of the main topics of many meetings realized by CCAI members at MAKS air show.

The CCAI members also achieved a success in development of new engineering collaborations and partnerships in aircraft testing and diagnostics. The companies introduced a comprehensive solution to Russian partners in the form of activities which are necessary to maintain aircraft and systems capable to operate in the most demanding conditions. Contrary, the other possibilities to embed Russian enormous experience into the development of Czech aviation products were also discussed (such as integrated on-board instruments).

The Czech aviation companies built its credit in Russia because of high quality and reliability of their products. These products proved their functionalities in extreme operational conditions with very low numbers of service events. This is a reference point for all CCAI members and Czech aviation companies helping them to increase its contributions to Russian key aviation programs. The active approach of CCAI’s presentation at MAKS definitely left a very positive picture of the Czech aviation industry and increase our involvements in the international programs in the aviation industry.

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The representatives of Aero met Marina Popovich at MAKS

The legendary test pilot, Marina Popovich, who holds 101 world and 126 Soviet Union‘s records conducted on various aircraft types, met with AERO Vodochody AEROSPACE at MAKS Air Show in Moscow. Marina Popovich achieved several speed and altitude records on L-29 “Dolphin” light training jet produced by AERO Vodochody in 1960s. She became one of the most experienced and well-known test pilots in former Soviet Union as she was flying more than 42 different aircraft types and helicopters and accumulated more than 5,600 test flights including those with Antonov An-22 or MiG-21 fighter jet. Marina Popovich received five highest international awards, for example the Grand Gold Medal of the FAI (Federation Aeronautique Internationale). On January 14th, 2007 the Russian Federation Government awarded her the honorary title “The Hero of the Nation”. She is still active as a professor and member of six academies in Russia.

The representatives of AERO Vodochody AEROSPACE highly appreciate her contribution to the Czech aviation industry and gave her a small present as a memory for its records on L-29 aircraft.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marina Popovich with representatives of AERO Vodochody AEROSPACE a.s.

 

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SKYLEADER 500’s first flights in Russia

The first flights of SKYLEADER 500 (produced by Jihlavan Airplanes s.r.o.)  in Russia proved high market value of the product. The Russian distributor Aviatexim Ltd.(www.aviatexim.ru) based at Novinki Airfield (www.abn.aero/airfield) situated near Moscow has tested the aircraft there in a view to start showing it to prospective buyers and to take decision on its use as a prime trainer at local pilots school.

The first flights of SKYLEADER in Novinki attracted attention of local aviation community – private pilots from neighbor airfields started flying in Novinki with the only purpose to try the new type. The flights were carried out by the pilots of Aviatexim, pilot-instructors and chief pilot of the school and all visitor pilots too. All remarks on the flight performance were highly complementary. We came to a decision that this aircraft can be surely employed as a prime trainer. The looks, design, interiors and craftsmanship were appreciated by all as excellent (wife of the school chief pilot said “I have never tried anything more charming”). Obviously SKYLEADER aircraft have very promising prospects at the market of Russia.

From left to right: Viktor Zabolotsky (pilot-cosmonaut, http://www.spacefacts.de/bios/cosmonauts/english/zabolotsky_viktor.htm, http://www.airspacemag.com/space-exploration/cit-harpole.html), Oleg Zagvozdin (dealer, CEO Aviatexim), Nikolay Ustinov (pilot) and Miroslav Boubela (Skyleader Aircraft)

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New ZLIN Z143 LSi FLIR achieved more than 13 hours in the air

The first test flight of new aircraft ZLIN Z143 LSi FLIR was successfully conducted on August 12, 2013 started at 8:45 p.m. CET at company’s factory airport in Otrokovice (LKOT). The aircraft was 13 hours and 13 minutes in the air (flying more than 2,500 kilometres in total with 30 litres of fuel per flight hour, which is a minimum consumption compared to helicopter as an example). This type of aircraft is produced by ZLÍN AIRCRAFT a.s., a member of CCAI, which continuous developing and manufacturing aircraft based on long and famous tradition of ZLIN aircraft brand and vision of its founder, aviator and entrepreneur Jan Antonin Bata.

The aircraft is equipped by infrared camera system and auxiliary fuel tank and it might be
invaluable aircraft for special mission purposes conducted by targeting customers such as rescue, patrol and security services providers and operators. The initial flight was handled by a legend of the Czech aviation, Jiří Kobrle, who is an experienced test pilot and ZLIN aircraft flying instructor awarded by the FAI Gold Air Medal in 2008.

For more details about aircraft technical parameters, please visit ZLÍN AIRCRAFT’s websites.

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GE Aviation signed agreement for H80 family authorized service center in China

China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Co., Ltd. (CAIGA) signed an agreement with GE Aviation to become the first Authorized Service Center for the H80 turboprop engine family  in China. With this agreement, CAIGA Customer Service Center can perform line maintenance inspections and routine engine maintenance, including removal and replacement of H75, H80, and H85 engines and engine components.

“CAIGA is honored to cooperate with GE Aviation and set up the first H80 family Authorized Service Center in China,” said Mr. Sha Chang’an, Vice President of CAIGA.  “The H80 turboprop engine family is gaining interest in China, and we will ensure operators receive outstanding service and support.”

“This agreement with CAIGA helps expand GE Aviation’s turboprop service and support network into China, which is a growing region for business and general aviation,” said Brad Mottier, vice president and general manager of Business & General Aviation at GE Aviation. “CAIGA’s expertise and commitment to customer service will ensure GE General Aviation turboprop operators in China have access to high quality service and support for their turboprop engine.”

Last year, CAIGA selected GE’s H85 turboprop engine to power CAIGA’s five-seat, light single-engine pressurized turboprop business aircraft with a carbon fiber composite airframe. It is one of the fastest pressurized single-engine turboprop aircraft in its class.

Additionally, Thrush Aircraft Company has delivered the first three of twenty new dual cockpit model Thrush 510G with GE’s H80 engines to China this week. It is the single largest order for the company with the included spare parts and training.

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The Innovation forum of CCAI attracted attention

The forum took place on June 18 at the Czech stand at Paris Air Show and its key topic was innovation in the aviation industry, which was discussed from three different views presented by speakers. The panellists involved Larbi Ouchelouche, SPEEL Prague, which is an avionics and systems engineering company, Jim Stoker, GE Aviation Czech, a turboprop aero engines manufacturer and Gerrard McCluskey, AERO Vodochody AEROSPACE, an aerostructures and aircraft manufacturer. Ladislav Šimek as a CCAI president was a chairman of the panel.

All speakers provided three valuable contributions – Larbi in technical aspects, John in global market perspective and Gerrard in engineering trends, which resulted in joint conclusion –
necessity of partnership among local specialist, global player and strong integrator. The panellists provided evidence that the Czech Republic is an ideal place for engineering works as there is a considerable expertise in design, development and testing of numerous aircraft types, systems and aero engines, which has been passing and developing by generations of aviation professionals since
1920s.

The Innovation Forum was supported by Her Excellency Ms. Marie Chatardová, the Ambassador of the Czech Republic, who opened this event and emphasized that the Czech aviation industry has its long tradition and continuity in aircraft design and development. Moreover, she stressed that the Czech aviation is capable to retain high level of efficiency and reliability and in any case, the Czech aviation companies do not miss any opportunity to embed the “Czech” innovations and additional values into the final products. The support came from the participation of Mr. Jiří Žák as well, who is a Vice Minister of the Ministry of Transport and who delivered his speech at the beginning of the panel. He mentioned that he appreciates the aviation industry in the Czech Republic increases their turnover and he wished more successful contracts in engineering areas with partners worldwide. Among the most respected guests in the audience were the representatives of EADS Innovation Works, Airbus and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

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CCAI active at Paris Air Show

New contacts and meetings at Le Bourget contribute to growing interest in cooperation with CCAI.

CCAI representatives have presented comprehensive capabilities offer and key joint projects to potential partners at Paris Air Show 2013, established important contacts and initiated possible
cooperation in certain areas. CCAI realized B2B meetings with nine aviation companies and fifteen aviation associations and partners during the exhibition, which was held in June 17-21. The results from the meetings contribute to launch new projects, further development of current programs in HR and supply chain performance and increase values for CCAI members and partners.

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AERO is the 2013 Best Employer of the Region

AERO Vodochody AEROSPACE gained the first place in the 11th Sodexo Best Employer of the Region Contest for the year 2013 in the category up to 5,000 employees.

AERO received an award for its pro-employee approach and human resources policy. It is the second achievement of the company in this area, in 2012 AERO obtained a second place in the prestigious Czech Patron Contest. „We are proud of the appreciation. Our company will continue creating new job positions, offering the opportunity to participate in unique international projects and investing in our employees in the future,“ said Tomáš Vlček, HR Director of AERO Vodochody AEROSPACE.

AERO has a high level of further education of employees and closely cooperates with high and technical schools and universities both in the region and the whole country. Collaboration of universities and companies is also one of the priorities of the Confederation
of the Czech Aviation Industry, founded by AERO and other Czech aerospace producers in 2011.

AERO continually creates new job positions both in existing and new production programs. In 2012, AERO hired more than 200 new qualified workers and technicians. In 2013, more than seventy new jobs are expected.

The Sodexo Best Employer of the Region Contest is organized by the Club of Employers under expert supervision of PricewaterhouseCoopers. The criteria for assessment include financial results, number of employees and newly created jobs, educational system or cooperation with schools and regional authority.

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GE Aviation Czech celebrates five years on the Czech market

It’s been five years since GE Aviation acquired selected assets of Walter Engines a.s. and thus built on a hundred-year tradition of turboprop engine manufacturing in the Czech Republic.

GE Aviation has successfully developed a new H80 engine here (the first engine in the history of GE Aviation that has been designed and manufactured outside the United States, in the Czech Republic), which has a phenomenal success as a power of several types of aircraft worldwide.

To commemorate the fifth anniversary, GE Aviation has opened its doors to journalists from around the world representing world renowned aviation media such as Aviation Week, EIN,
Flight International, or BART International, and let them look into the production hall and into the bowels of the engine itself. The highlight of the day was the arrival of the L410 aircraft from Aircraft Industries, which is powered by new H80 engines.

The engine manufacturer based in Letnany currently employs around 410 employees
and has 650 engines in service worldwide, with the largest part of the production (44%)
going to Russia and countries of the former Eastern Bloc.

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H75-powered L410 Engine Upgrade Program Launched

GE Aviation and AIR-TEC signed an agreement to develop an engine upgrade program for the L 410 aircraft. Under the program, AIR-TEC will replace the current M601 engine that powers the L 410 with GE’s new H75 engine.

“AIR-TEC is the largest M601 operator and has a deep understanding of the engine and aircraft,” said Jim Stoker, president and managing executive of GE Aviation Czech. “The engine upgrade to the new H75 engine will enhance the performance of the L 410 aircraft and bring many benefits to customers.”

“We see great opportunities with the H75-powered L 410 aircraft in our own fleet as well as aircraft operating in the African and Latin American regions, and we look forward to  developing this new engine upgrade program,” said Jan Rehousek, chief executive officer of AIR-TEC.

Customers can easily upgrade from a M601 engine to the H75 without any major modifications to the aircraft. The engine upgrade program will provide customers with increased temperature margin, improved fuel efficiency and extended time between overhaul.

The H75, which GE Aviation launched last year, is rated at 750 shaft horsepower (shp) for takeoff and maximum continuous operation and is aimed at the agricultural, commuter, utility and business turboprop aircraft segments. EASA certified the H75 engine last year with the FAA type certification anticipated this year.

AIR-TEC (www.air-tecm.com) is the largest L410 fleet operator in Africa. As well as being an aircraft operator, AIR-TEC also sells and leases L410/420 aircraft for regional airlines, aid agencies and NGOs, oil exploration companies and clients requiring smaller aircraft. Based in Port-Louis, Mauritius, AIR-TEC has branches in France, the Czech Republic and South Africa. The company’s goal is to provide its clients with first-class services to ensure their operational success, and its wide array of fleet diversifaction and custom-made leases allow AIR-TEC to provide its clients with a solution that works best.

 

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New production facility for Airbus A320 galleys

Driessen Aerospace CZ s.r.o., incorporated into ZODIAC Aerospace Group, has been inaugurated its new production facility in Plzen on 14th May 2013, which will be assembling galleys for new generation Airbus A320 aircraft. Thanks to new signed contracts, the company will increase its revenues by 8 million EUR this year. Today, the company’s number of staff is 520 employees and it produces 30 galleys per month. In the following two years, the total number of employees will be about 200 professionals higher and production per month is estimated on 35 galleys per month next year.

“We produce galleys, which passengers can see in the aircraft cabin during their flight and
rest areas for crews on long-haul aircraft Airbus A330 and A340, which are situated under the cockpit inside the cabin and dedicated for off-duty pilots for their rest on long-haul flights. The aviation production requires highly professional and skilled approach reflecting standard procedures, precision and top quality work, mainly manual assembly.” says Joe Maxant, General Manager ZODIAC Galleys EU.

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CCAI on Helishow in Hradec Králové

CCAI members: GE Aviation Czech and LOM Prague have participated on 12th European Helicopter Show 2013 in Hradec Kralove, which was held on May 9-11. The exhibition was focused on producers of helicopters and their operators. GE Aviation Czech presented its H80 turboprop aero engine there, which drew visitors’ attention and interest. The number of visitors came to this event was higher during the weekend. Almost 20,000 people visited helishow on Saturday and 50 helicopters were displayed.

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Jihlavan has signed contract with CESA

JIHLAVAN, a.s., one of the founders of CCAI, has signed significant contract with Spanish company CESA (Compañía Española de Sistemas Aeronáuticos S.A.) to deliver aero hydraulic parts and successfully closed negotiations which took almost two years.

JIHLAVAN will be manufacturing hydraulic linear actuators and valves for landing gears and cargo ramps for Airbus A350, Airbus A400M, CASA C295 and Eurofighter Typhoon. The total value of contract is 25-28 mil. EUR on 10 years period.

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H80 number fifty heading across the ocean

A new H80 engine with serial number 50 has officially left the gates of GE Aviation in Prague-Letnany. The engine heads to American Trush Co., a light agricultural aircrafts producer. Thrush´ s 510G agricultural aircraft is the first aircraft to enter service with the H80 engine.

The official ceremony of the 50th H80 engine export from Letnany was also attended by the representatives from Export Guarantee and Insurance Corporation (EGAP), CzechInvest and AmCham, as export of aircraft engines from GE Aviation CZ is a pilot project of a recently concluded reciprocal agreement on exports guarantees between EGAP and the American Export Import Bank (U.S. EXIM).

„The H80 engine entered service in 2012. It´s operating in the Unites States, Canada or Ecuador now and the feedback from our customers is very very good. In the following months we will have it delivered to China, Russia, South America and other countries“, comments the H80 engine´s success Jim Stoker, CEO, GE Aviation CZ.

Prague-Letnany based company is besides the United States the only place in the world where GE Aviation develops aircraft engines and H80 is the first turboprop engine in the history of GE Aviation that has been designed and manufactured outside the United States.

“The H80 engine is a template of what we would like to see with US / Czech relationships. It is a combination of knowledge, business know-how and value-added manufacturing investment that can be sold everywhere around the world”, says Weston Stacey, Executive Director, AmCham.

The activities in the Czech Republic include sales, service, manufacturing and development of new engines. The company plans to manufacture hundreds of new engines a year, to expand the production and to invest into new models.

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Member of CCAI participates in Hannover Messe

CZ Uhersky Brod, a member of CCAI, will be presented at Hannover International Trade Fair which will be held on April 8-12, 2013. Visit their stand F44, hall 5. CZ Uhersky Brod produces gearboxes for aero engines and machining parts among their other products.

AERO Vodochody will produce Airbus A321 fuselage

AERO Vodochody has signed a new contract for delivery of Airbus A321 fuselage panels to Italian aerospace producer, Alenia Aermacchi. The Italian customer will use four 4.3 meters long panels made by Aero to build a 14a fuselage section of A321. AERO Vodochody should produce up to 96 panel sets a year. The contract value is over 3 billion CZK.

AERO takes this new project as a big opportunity. A321 is the biggest aircraft of Airbus A320 family, the fastest selling airliners in history. A321 entered service in 1994 and can accommodate up to 220 passengers. The 14a fuselage section is 4.14 metres high and 3.95 metres wide and is located just in front of wings of the aircraft.

This contract is not the first cooperation of AERO and Alenia Company. Since 2007, Aero produces centre wing box for Alenia C-27J Spartan. Following this successful cooperation, Alenia Aermacchi offered to AERO to take part in its A321 program. Production of fuselage panels should start before the end of 2013 and there is no time limit of the contract. That means that Aero should participate on all current and all future versions of A321 up to the end of production of this aircraft.

The new program will require some investments in new technologies. AERO becomes the first Czech company using fully automatic riveting of aerospace structures. AERO will also offer about 150 new jobs for engineers and workers.

Alenia Aermacchi is part of Finmeccanica group. Its production includes C-27J Spartan transport aircraft, used by national air forces of Italy, United States, Lithuania, Greece, Mexico and other countries. The Army of Czech Republic also considered buying this aircraft. Except of its own projects, the company participates also on many international projects of the biggest aircraft producers like Boeing, Airbus or Sukhoi. Alenia Aermacchi is the only producer of A321 14a fuselage section and AERO is one of her two suppliers of fuselage panels.

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GE Aviation H75 and H85 Turboprop Engines Receive EASA Engine Certifications

19. 11. 2012 | GE Aviation’s new H75 and H85 turboprop engines received engine type certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The two new engines are derivatives of the H80 engine.

Last week, the China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Co., Ltd. (CAIGA) selected GE Aviation’s new H85 turboprop engine to power CAIGA’s Primus 150 five-seat business aircraft. This is the first application for the H85 turboprop engine.

“GE is proud to certify three new turboprop engines in less than a year,” said Jim Stoker, president and managing executive of GE Aviation’s Business and General Aviation Turboprops. “The H80 family of engines offers customers a range of horsepower with advanced material and technology, and we are seeing significant customer interest in these engines.”

The H75 engine is rated at 750 shaft horsepower (shp) for takeoff and maximum continuous operation, and the H85 engine is rated at 850 shp. Like the H80 engine, the H75 and H85 engines are aimed at the agricultural, commuter, utility and business turboprop aircraft segments. U.S. Federal Aviation Administration type certification of the H75 and H85 is anticipated next year.

The H75 and H85 engines will be manufactured at GE Aviation’s facility in the Czech Republic. Production of the H80 engine is underway with 40 engines being produced this year, increasing to 85 engines in 2013. Along with the Thrush 510G agricultural aircraft, the H80 engine also has been selected to power the Aircraft Industries L410 commuter aircraft, which is expected to enter service early next year.

The H80 turboprop engine family incorporates GE’s 3-D aerodynamic design techniques and advanced materials to create a powerful, fuel-efficient, durable engine with no recurrent fuel nozzle inspections and no hot section inspection. The engines feature a service life of 3,600 flight-hours or 6,600 cycles between overhauls. The H80 engine family also offers a standard auto start and limiting unit to simplify engine start-up as well as a choice of propeller governors to allow customers flexibility in propeller selection.

GE Aviation, an operating unit of GE (NYSE: GE), is a world-leading provider of jet, turboprop and turboshaft engines, components and integrated systems for commercial, military, business and general aviation aircraft. GE Aviation has a global service network to support these offerings. For more information, visit us at www.geaviation.com/bga. Follow GE Aviation on Twitter at http://twitter.com/GEAviation and YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/user/GEAviation. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/gebga.

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CAIGA Selects GE’s H85 Turboprop Engine on Primus 150

13. 11. 2012 | The China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Co., Ltd. (CAIGA) selected GE Aviation’s new H85 turboprop engine to power CAIGA’s Primus 150 aircraft, which will a five-seat business aircraft. This is the first application for the H85 turboprop engine, which is awaiting certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

CAIGA and GE have also signed an agreement to jointly develop a service and support program for the H85-powered Primus 150 and expand turboprop engine service capabilities in China.

“The China region is a growing area for business and general aviation,” said Brad Mottier, vice president and general manager of GE Aviation’s Business & General Aviation organization. “The H85-powered Primus 150 will allow GE to strengthen its presence in the region and to be a significant participant in China’s 12th five-year growth plan.”

The H85 engine is a derivative of GE’s H80 engine, which recently entered service on the Thrush 510G aircraft. The H80 turboprop engine family incorporates GE’s 3-D aerodynamic design techniques and advanced materials to create a powerful, fuel-efficient, durable engine with no recurrent fuel nozzle inspections and no hot section inspection. The H80 engine features a service life of 3,600 flight-hours or 6,600 cycles between overhauls. The H80 engine also offers a standard auto start and limiting unit to simplify engine start-up as well as a choice of propeller governors to allow customers flexibility in propeller selection.

The H85 engine is rated at 850 shaft horsepower (shp) for takeoff and maximum continuous operation. The engine is aimed at the business turboprop, agricultural, commuter and utility aircraft segments. EASA engine type certification is anticipated this year with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration expected next year.

The H85 engines will be manufactured at GE Aviation’s facility in the Czech Republic, which is currently ramping up production of the H80 engines. Along with the Thrush 510G agricultural aircraft, the H80 engine also has been selected to power the Aircraft Industries L410 commuter aircraft, which is expected to enter service early next year.

CAIGA’s Primus 150 is a five-seat, light single-engine pressurized turboprop business aircraft with a carbon fiber composite airframe. It is one of the fastest pressurized single-engine turboprop aircraft in its class.

CAIGA is a subsidiary company of Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) and currently owns two types of very light business jet aircraft and two types of very light business turboprop aircraft. CAIGA acquired US-based Cirrus and possesses a world-class general aircraft industry chain, with five major industry bases in Zhuhai, Guizhou, Shijiazhuang, Jingmen and Shenzhen. The company is developing a comprehensive business model, including R&D and manufacturing, general aviation operation, customer support and service. Its business spectrum covers parts & components manufacturing, final assembly and delivery, pilot training, aviation club, general aviation operation, business aviation, FBO (Fixed Base Operator), maintenance, leasing and various sectors.

GE Aviation, an operating unit of GE (NYSE: GE), is a world-leading provider of jet, turboprop and turboshaft engines, components and integrated systems for commercial, military, business and general aviation aircraft. GE Aviation has a global service network to support these offerings. For more information, visit us at www.geaviation.com/bga. Follow GE Aviation on Twitter at http://twitter.com/GEAviation and YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/user/GEAviation. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/gebga.

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OnPoint Solutions Agreements Expand to H80 Turboprop Customers

1. 11. 2012 | GE Aviation announced its long-term service agreements, called OnPointSM solutions agreements, will be offered to H80 turboprop customers.

“GE’s OnPoint solutions agreements provide multiple benefits to our CF34-3 customers,” said Brad Mottier, vice president and general manager of GE Aviation’s Business & General Aviation organization. “It is a logical step to begin offering these same benefits to our H80 turboprop customers.”

Customers with OnPoint solutions agreements have predictable maintenance costs based on hourly usage. The agreements are fully transferable with no transfer fees. When engine maintenance is needed, GE provides expert care and logistical assistance to ensure minimal impact to a customer’s operations. All maintenance will include OEM-approved parts to ensure engines continue their optimal performance.

The value of OnPoint solution agreements is well recognized. GE successfully demonstrated to aircraft valuation companies that OnPoint solutions agreements provide real tangible asset value to customers with CF34-3-powered aircraft. This resulted in a $2 million increase in residual value for our OnPoint customers’ aircraft, which can benefit them in the resale market.

GE’s OnPoint solutions are long-term commitments designed to meet customers’ unique engine service needs. Backed by GE’s world-class support, these solutions help lower customer cost-of-ownership and maximize the use of their assets. Available OnPoint services include overhaul, on-wing support, new and used serviceable parts, component repair, technology upgrades, engine leasing and diagnostics.

GE Aviation, an operating unit of GE (NYSE: GE), is a world-leading provider of jet, turboprop and turboshaft engines, components and integrated systems for commercial, military, business and general aviation aircraft. GE Aviation has a global service network to support these offerings.

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GE Aviation Names TAE as the M601 and H80 Designated Repair Center in Asia-Pacific

1. 11. 2012 | Australian-based TAE signed an agreement with GE Aviation to become the M601 and H80 Designated Repair Center for the Asia-Pacific region.

Under this agreement, TAE will offer heavy repair services, engines rentals, line replacement unit rotable pools and field service support to all existing and future M601 and H80 engines in the Asia-Pacific region. GE Aviation will provide the necessary OEM parts to meet TAE’s needs.

“TAE has serviced GE’s F404 and F414 military engines for many years, and GE is looking forward to expanding our relationship to include the M601 and H80 turboprop engine for business and general aviation,” said Jim Stoker, president and managing executive of GE Aviation’s Business and General Aviation Turboprops. “TAE’s strong presence in Asia-Pacific will help us assist our customers with quality service and support in this region.”

“We are very excited to have been chosen by GE Aviation to represent them as the Asia-Pacific’s Designated Repair Center for the new H80 engine and the existing Walter M601 engine fleet” said TAE’s general manager Andrew Sanderson. “We look forward to working with GE Aviation and expanding our renowned level of quality customer service to the new H80 engine customer base and the M601 operators in the Asia-Pacific region.”

TAE is Australia’s foremost turbine engine maintenance and engineering business with a proud history dating back to the 1960s. Operating from four sites around Australia, TAE’s customers include military operators, regional commuter airlines and the region’s agricultural aircraft. Our promise is “we keep you flying.” Visit TAE at www.tae.com.au.

GE’s H80 engine received EASA and FAA certification and will power business and general aviation, utility and agriculture aircraft. The H80 engine combines the elegant, robust design of the M601 engine with GE’s 3-D aerodynamic design techniques and advanced materials to create a more powerful, fuel-efficient, durable engine compared with the M601 engine, with no recurrent fuel nozzle inspections and no hot section inspection. The H80 engine features an extended service life of 3,600 flight-hours between overhauls, significantly enhanced hot-day takeoff performance and high-altitude cruise speeds. The H80 will provide the option of a single- or dual-acting governor, allowing customers the flexibility in propeller selection.

GE Aviation, an operating unit of GE (NYSE: GE), is a world-leading provider of jet and turboprop engines, components and integrated systems for commercial, military, business and general aviation aircraft. GE Aviation has a global service network to support these offerings.

For more information, visit us at www.ge.com/aviation. Learn more about GE Business & General Aviation at http://facebook.com/GEBGA. Follow GE Aviation on Twitter at http://twitter.com/GEAviation and YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/user/GEAviation. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/gebga.

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Saab Czech company joined CCAI

25. 10. 2012 | The Confederation of the Czech Aviation Industry has a new member. Today, it welcomed the Saab Czech company, the Czech branch of Swedish company Saab AB.

Saab AB is one of the leading aerospace companies; it produces e.g. JAS-39 Gripen aircraft used by the Czech Air Force. In addition, Saab AB is mainly engaged in development and production in military defence and civil security areas. The Saab Czech has a history since 2007 and focuses mainly on flight simulators. Some of its products are used by other members of the Confederation like AERO Vodochody.

CCAI now has 23 members: seventeen representants of the Czech aviation industry, five universities and one certification agency.

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Iraqi government delegation visited AERO Vodochody

12.10.2012 | The Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki headed an official delegation of Iraqi ministers who visited AERO Vodochody today. The discussion focused mainly on L-159 aircraft.

In addition to PM Maliki, the acting Minister of Defence and Minister of Culture Saadun al-Dulaimi, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Hoshyar Zebari and the Minister of Trade Khairalla Hasan Babaker came to Aero. The Iraqi government have already expressed a serious interest in buying Czech jet fighters several times and this visit was a part of long lasting negotiations. Aero cooperated with Ministry of Defence of the Czech Republic on these negotiations and they would not be as successful without its participation.

“We have a rich experience of cooperation in L-29 and L-39 programs and we are here to create at least as successful future of collaboration,” said president of AERO Vodochody, Ladislav Simek. “We are fully committed to fulfil and even exceed all the requirements and expectations of Republic of Iraq.”

L-159 Advanced Light Combat and Training Aircraft is designed to fulfil a variety of combat missions including air-to-ground, air-to-air and reconnaissance. Currently, L-159 aircraft serve with the Czech Air Force, which uses them for Close Air Support, Advanced Training and Air Defence missions. L-159s have been participating in numerous NATO exercises, mainly in air-to-ground role.

AERO Vodochody is the largest aerospace manufacturer in the Czech Republic with tradition since 1919. The Military Program of Aero is historically the largest producer of jet training aircraft in the world and a partner to several air forces, particularly the Czech Air Force. Aero has produced more than 3.5 thousands of L-29 Dolphin jet trainer aircraft and about three thousands of L-39 Albatros aircraft, which is still one of the most popular jet trainers in the world. Today, Aero also focuses on aerostructures programs and participates in projects of world leading aerospace manufacturers such as Airbus, Boeing, Embraer or Sikorsky.

AERO Vodochody Contact:

Tereza Kryšpínová

PR Specialist

tereza.kryspinova@aero.cz

+420 734 518 038

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GE Aviation’s H80 Turboprop Engine Gains Its Russian Type Certification

10.10.2012 | GE Aviation’s H80 turboprop engine has received type certification from the Interstate Aviation Committee Aviation Register (IAC AR). The Russian agency issued the type certificate on September 24, 2012.

To date, the H80 engine has received type certifications from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Brazilian Civil Aviation agency (ANAC) and the Argentine Administración Nacional de Aviación Civil. GE is pursuing type certificates for the H80 in other countries, including Canada and China, to support of the expanding global customer base.

The 800-shp H80 turboprop engine combines the elegant, robust design of the M601 engine with GE’s 3-D aerodynamic design techniques and advanced materials to create a more powerful, fuel-efficient, durable engine with no recurrent fuel nozzle inspections and no hot section inspection. The H80 engine will feature an extended service life of 3,600 flight-hours or 6,600 cycles between overhauls. It will provide the option of a single- or dual-acting governor, allowing customers to have flexibility in propeller selection.

The Thrush 510G agricultural aircraft will be the first aircraft to enter service powered by H80 engines. The H80 engine has also been selected to power the Aircraft Industries L410 commuter aircraft. Along with these applications, Smyrna Air Center is working on a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for an H80-powered King Air C90 aircraft.

GE Aviation is taking steps to ensure the H80 has a smooth entry into service. Line maintenance classes are underway to help customers learn how to keep their engines in top operating condition. GE Aviation has also developed an extensive network of service and support centers around the world.

GE Aviation, an operating unit of GE (NYSE: GE), is a world-leading provider of jet and turboprop engines, components and integrated systems for commercial, military, business and general aviation aircraft. GE Aviation has a global service network to support these offerings. For more information, visit us at www.ge.com/aviation. Follow GE Aviation on Twitter at http://twitter.com/GEAviation and YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/user/GEAviation.

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AERO Vodochody came second in the Český PATRON competition

10.10.2012 |AERO Vodochody gained silver position in the Český PATRON 2011 (Czech Patron 2011) competition in the Best Employer category which was announced under the auspices of the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs.

Aero was beaten only by WITTE Automotive company from Nejdek, which became the absolute winner of the completion across the categories. Český PATRON is a prestigious competition organized by Czech Chamber of Commerce to honour activities of Czech companies in various areas, as for example environment or care of employees. It is a great success for Aero to gain such a high rank in the Best Employer category and it is also a challenge in order to continue in development of employees’ care henceforth and achieve even greater success next year.

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AERO Vodochody will deliver dozens of cockpits for Black Hawk helicopters

11.09.2012 | AERO Vodochody signed a contract for delivery of cockpits for Sikorsky S-70i Black Hawk helicopter today at ILA Berlin air show. Aero will deliver no fewer than 50 cockpit structural assemblies to PZL Mielec through 2017.

The S-70i cockpit structure Aero will make for Polish company PZL Mielec, subsidiary to American Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation consists of a single assembly that includes the nose section, the windshield canopy, and the platform where the two pilots sit. Included with the assembly are electrical wiring and flight controls comprising the cyclic stick and the anti-torque pedals. “AERO Vodochody is a proven aerostructures manufacturer with an established history of delivering high quality airframe assemblies to Sikorsky,” said Janusz Zakrecki, President of PZL Mielec.

Since 2011, Aero produces cockpits for Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk, the most widely used helicopter of US army. The S-70i Black Hawk helicopter is designed specifically for the international military market. In fact, Aero already took a part on its production. “For the past two years, we have worked with PZL Mielec to produce cable harnesses for S-70i helicopters. Aero also supplies S-76 helicopters to Sikorsky already for twelve years. This contract is therefore a follow-up of our great relationship with our main customer.”

The S-70i Black Hawk helicopter is designed by Sikorsky with affordability and adaptability in mind. Militaries and government agencies can configure the aircraft with optional equipment to meet their specific mission requirements. First S-70i helicopters were delivered already in 1970s, PZL Mielec produces this type of helicopter since 2009.

AERO Vodochody is is a leading Czech aircraft manufacturer with tradition since 1919. Since 2000, Aero focuses mainly on international aerostructures programs, besides of cooperation with Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation Aero participates on projects of Airbus, Boeing, Embraer and other leading aircraft producers. Today, Aero has almost 1,500 employees.

PZL Mielec (Polskie Zakłady Lotnicze) became part of Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation in 2007. The company whose history dates back to interwar period currently employs 2100 people. Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation is the world’s largest producer of civil and military helicopters.

Contact for AERO Vodochody:

Tereza Kryšpínová

PR Specialist

tereza.kryspinova@aero.cz

+420 734 518 038

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GE Aviation Launches Two New H80 Turboprop Engine Derivatives

July 23, 2012 GE Aviation is launching two derivatives engines of its recently certified H80 engine, the H75 and H85 turboprop engines.

The H75 engine will be rated at 750 shaft horsepower (shp) for takeoff and maximum continuous operation, and the H85 engine will be rated at 850 shp. Like the H80, the H75 and H85 engines will be aimed at the agricultural, commuter, utility and business turboprop aircraft segments. Engine type certifications from the European Aviation Safety Agency and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration are anticipated early next year.

“The H80 turboprop has been extremely successful for us with several aircraft applications, and we anticipate the same level of interest for the H75 and H85,” said Paul Theofan, president and managing executive of GE Aviation’s Business and General Aviation Turboprops. “There are several potential aircraft applications that could benefit from these two new engine models. GE looks forward to bringing these engines into the business and general aviation marketplace.”

The H75 and H85 engines will be certified and manufactured at GE Aviation’s facility in the Czech Republic. Production of the H80 engine is underway with 50 engines being produced this year, increasing to more than 100 engines in 2013. The first aircraft to enter service with the H80 engine will be the Thrush 510G agricultural aircraft. The H80 engine has also been selected to power the Aircraft Industries L410 commuter aircraft, which is expected to enter service early next year, and Technoavia’s Rysachock aircraft.

The H80 turboprop engine combines the elegant, robust design of the M601 engine with GE’s 3-D aerodynamic design techniques and advanced materials to create a more powerful, fuel-efficient, durable engine with no recurrent fuel nozzle inspections and no hot section inspection. The H80 engine will feature an extended service life of 3,600 flight-hours or 6,600 cycles between overhauls. It will provide the option of a single- or dual-acting governor, allowing customers to have flexibility in propeller selection.

GE Aviation, an operating unit of GE (NYSE: GE), is a world-leading provider of jet and turboprop engines, components and integrated systems for commercial, military, business and general aviation aircraft. GE Aviation has a global service network to support these offerings.

For more information, visit us at www.ge.com/aviation. Follow GE Aviation on Twitter at http://twitter.com/GEAviation and YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/user/GEAviation. Check out the latest H80 video at http://youtu.be/2fTVyCHCIZU.

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Institute of Aerospace Engineering of BUT joined CCAI

May 24th, 2012 Confederation of the Czech Aviation Industry has a new associate member. On CCAI meeting in May, Institute of Aerospace Engineering of Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of Brno University of Technology joined the Confederation. The membership request was conveyed by doc. Juračka, director of the Institute.

Institute of Aerospace Engineering FME BUT is one of most prestigeous aerospace research institutes in the Czech Republic. It is focused on education, applied research and aircraft testing. The Institute of Aerospace Engineering if fifth educational institution among CCAI members. The Confederation succesfully fulfills one of its main priorities – cooperation between aviation manufacturers and universities.

 

 

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King of Sweden visited Aero Vodochody

May 11th, 2012 Aero Vodochody today welcomed very special visitor. On the occasion of Royal Technology Mission to Czech Republic, Swedish delegation accompanied by the King Carl XVI Gustaf visited the company. Among the visitors were several representatives of Swedish aviation industry, like CEO of SAAB Company, Hakan Buskhe. “Aero Vodochody is the most relevant Czech partner to Swedish aviation industry,” said president of Aero Vodochody, Ladislav Šimek.

The president of Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA), prof. Björn O. Nilsson, led the delegation of representatives of the Academy and of the most prestigious Swedish companies. Swedish ambassadress in Czech Republic, Annika Jagander also accompanied the delegation. The delegation had a tour in the factory and got acquainted with history and presence of Aero Vodochody and its development and production programmes. After the program, visitors left for meeting with Czech Prime Minister, Petr Nečas.

Royal Technology Missions have history since 1984. The purpose of the missions is to forge new contacts, share information and inspire possible scientific and commercial cooperation. AERO Vodochody a.s. was included into its programme due to its important role in the field of aerospace and defence industry.

Aero Vodochody is the most important company in Czech aviation and defence industry. This year, the company expects turnover around 200 mil. USD. With more than 90 years of its history, Aero now concerns with development and manufacture cooperation with leading world aviation manufacturers like American producer of helicopters Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, Brazilian company Embraer or Swedish SAAB. In the area of military aircraft, the company focuses on support and further development of L-159 light combat and training system as well as L-39/L-59 aircraft customer support. The company also significantly invests into technology development including composites. New composite production facility has been opened very recently, on 26th April 2012.

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Aviation industry faces up to lack of qualified employees

In coming years, nearly three thousand workers will be needed by Czech firms for their further development and by foreign investors for implementation of projects in the aviation industry in the Czech Republic. Of these, 65% of employees should have university education.

This is according to an analysis carried out by the Confederation of the Czech Aviation Industry. A remedy to this situation was sought by representatives of secondary schools and universities, state institutions and companies operating in the aviation industry at the Education for the Aviation Industry conference which took place on 1 March 2012 at the Congress Centre in Prague.

The lack of quality graduates in technical fields is one of the main limiting factors for the development of the Czech aviation industry. “A range of factors have an impact on the investors’ decision-making when selecting destinations for their investments. One of the most important is the abundance of qualified workers with experience and language skills,” says Miroslav Křížek, CEO of CzechInvest, adding: “Therefore, we also support technical education and we strive to show pupils and university students the prospects that technical fields offer.”

“The Czech aviation industry must enhance its competitiveness on the global market. Our competitive advantage is neither labour costs nor our geographical location. We must therefore focus on know-how and be a class better than western companies, which have political and economic support of their governments,” says Ladislav Šimek, president of the Confederation of the Czech Aviation Industry.

The Confederation of the Czech Aviation Industry, under whose auspices the conference was organised, presented the results of its analysis and an action plan formulated by a special working group focused on the active resolution of the issue of technical education. Beginning in September 2011, this group composed of representatives of state institutions, universities and the largest employers in the aviation industry analysed demand for aviation specialists and compared it with the supply of graduates in technical and economic fields.

The analysis indicated a critical shortage of applicants for study in aviation fields, even though this is a sector with assured job opportunities and a positive long-term outlook. The greatest demand is for narrowly specialised professionals such as aircraft designers, technologists and engineers, for example machinists, locksmiths and tool-makers.

The analysis also indicated that the main problems of technical fields include their weak appeal for graduates of basic and secondary schools. It is possible to see the causes of this in society, the structure of the education system and in families. Therefore, the working group formulated an action plan consisting of measures which should lead to increasing students’ interest in aviation fields and awareness of the aviation industry in general. These measures include, for example, introduction of long-term internships of selected promising students with member companies of the Confederation of the Czech Aviation Industry and cooperation with schools in formulating study plans which will be in accordance with the long-term work of aviation companies.

“It is important not only that students can find long-term employment in the aviation
industry after graduation, but also that the Czech aviation industry is successful, as it has improved its position in the world in recent years,” says Radka Vojtíková of GE aviation, head of the working group. “We have managed to overcome the situation when we had to convince foreign partners of our capabilities,” adds Ladislav Šimek.

The action plan received a positive response from representatives of state institutions. “For me, the most important aspect is that it showed that the Confederation of the Czech Aviation Industry is open to cooperation and that it wants to play a role in technical education. It is good that firms in the Confederation can offer our students internships, stipends, mentoring and guidance in their dissertation work,” says Petr Bannert, director of the Department of Secondary Education at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport.

“We have long been aware of the problem with technical education. An intradepartmental working group was even set up for the purpose of supporting technical education. We are cooperating with other associations and groups which are affected by similar difficulties. The activities of the Confederation of the Czech Aviation Industry could thus serve as an example for other such organisations,” adds Jana Čermáková of the Export Support Department at the Ministry of Industry and Trade.

Contact to CzechInvest:

Mgr. Štěpánka Filipová

Spokesperson

mobile: +420 724 302 802

e-mail: stepanka.filipova@czechinvest.org

www.czechinvest.org


Contact to the Confederation of the Czech Aviation Industry:

Mgr. Tereza Kryšpínová

PR Specialist

mobile: +420 734 518 038

e-mail: tereza.kryspinova@sclp.cz

www.sclp.cz

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The Confederation invited four new members

CCAI is attractive for companies in aircraft and engineering industry as well as prestigious educational institutions. Yesterday invited among its members Faculty of Military Technologies of University of defence, University of Business and companies Startech and JIHLAVAN airplanes.

Faculty of Military Technologies of University of Defence educates civilian and military professionals in areas such as aviation and rocket technology, air traffic and aviation electronic systems.

University of Business in Prague, one of the oldest private colleges in the Czech Republic actively supports connecting of stadium and praxis. It educates its students in areas such as air transport services in tourist industry.

Startech, Ltd. is Czech engineering company, which machines products for aviation and other industry. Using the latest technologies, Startech produces high quality products in piece, small and medium production.

JIHLAVAN airplanes, Ltd. concentrates on development, manufacture and maintenance of light aircraft (UL and LSA categories) and manufacture of components for aviation industry. It belongs to respected companies in the industry both in the Czech Republic and abroad.

By admitting these members, the Confederation successfully implements some of its long-term goals – cooperation of representatives of aviation industry and leading educational institution educating its students in aviation areas, expanding the supply chain of aviation manufacturers and grouping of companies operating in aviation industry in the Czech Republic.

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Program Manager H85

GE Aviation’s Business & General Aviation (BGA) Turboprops is a recognized leader in the design, development and manufacture of turboprop engines. With more than 1,600 turboprops in service and more than 17 million flight hours to date, BGA Turboprop engines have a proven record of performance and reliability in extreme conditions.

BGA Turboprops is an integral part of GE Aviation’s legacy of more than a century of turboprop and turboshaft engine manufacture, which includes more than 16,000 engines currently in service and more than 87 million flight hours to date.

Learn more about us at www.geaviation.cz.

Role Summary:

At GE Aviation Czech Republic, the engineering organization is growing to a level of engineering work and responsibility that requires additional program manager to complement its dynamic engineering team.
The program manager reporting to Chief Engineer & Head of design organization will provide direction and assistance to program team in order to meet assigned objectives within given assignment in a program.
In this role he/she will work within defined parameters to make decisions, apply concepts to issues of moderate complexity, and resolve issues through immediate action or short-term program planning.

Responsibilities:

  • Execute, with guidance from Chief Engineer and/or engineering managers resources, the analysis, design, test, or integration required to define and support assigned components, assemblies or systems that meet business standards and program, product and engine requirements.
    Prepare and present program plan and technical data to internal and external customers
  • Participate in design reviews with the engineering managers & team assigned for a specific project
  • Interface with the functional team leadership
  • Participate in teams to improve design process and participate in design feedback sessions
  • Identify customers requirement (technical / products problems, execution issues) and suggests solutions
  • Attend internal/external customer meetings (kick off, Technical meeting (TM), coordination review etc.) i.e. coordinate gathering and reporting of programmatic information to customer
  • Share engineering information and promote open dialogue
  • Assure proper documentation of technical data generated for the assigned program, individual projects and/or tasks consistent with engineering policies and procedures driving continuous improvement of lean concept.
  • Coordinate technical team activities in program related work including engineering and/or manufacturing activities
  • Assist the program team in defining individual project scope of work within the overall program
  • Prepare a detailed schedule for a complex engineering and/or manufacturing development work scope
  • Assist in developing the project approach and lead the approach in the project schedule and perform schedule analysis
  • Ensure resource / facility estimates and analyses are integrated with the project schedule
  • Work with Finance section to ensure that project actual cost information is gathered and presented in project review.
  • Ensure that relevant cost, schedule, and technical performance metrics are instituted at all levels in the program
    • Assist in the preparation, submission of final BOM change and incorporate approved/negotiated changes into the program’s planning database
  • Interact with other functions in GEAC to evaluate and complete projects
  • Participate in the preparation of invention disclosures to protect the technology that provides a competitive advantage to the business
  • Prior experience working knowledge as a program manager in engine development or other position with emphasis on aero engine design and development is essential

Requirements:

  • Experience in engine test development is an asset, which must include scheduling, design and development of engine hardware.
  • Good in verbal & written communication in English
  • Proficient in PC and Windows/MS software including MS project is necessary
  • Bachelor Degree or above in Mechanical/Aeronautical/ Manufacturing engineering or equivalent with minimum of 5 years’ experience preferably in Aviation industry

We Offer:

  • Perspective job in the world’s second largest
  • Wide scale of further development
  • Additional week of holiday
  • Contribution to pension scheme/ life insurance
  • Bank and finance products of GE Money Bank with favored conditions
  • Meal vouchers in value of CZK 85 fully reimbursed by employer
  • Company´s fitness centrum and other activities promoting healthy lifestyle

Contact:

Gabriela Hlavicová

Recruitment Specialist

GE Aviation Czech s.r.o.

T +420 222 538 934

M +420 725 908 513

gabriela.hlavicova@ge.com

 

 

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Product Support Representative

GE Aviation’s Business & General Aviation (BGA) Turboprops is a recognized leader in the design, development and manufacture of turboprop engines. With more than 1,600 turboprops in service and more than 17 million flight hours to date, BGA Turboprop engines have a proven record of performance and reliability in extreme conditions.

BGA Turboprops is an integral part of GE Aviation’s legacy of more than a century of turboprop and turboshaft engine manufacture, which includes more than 16,000 engines currently in service and more than 87 million flight hours to date.

Learn more about us at www.geaviation.cz.

Role summary/Purpose:

• Work with customers/operators with more focus on the product reliability
• Close cooperation with internal departments to assure continuosly improvement on quality/reliability issues
• Regular statistically evaluation of product support.

Responsibilities:

• Follow-up of engines returned from field (commission diss.; protocol;analysis report;repair;HPV meetings)
• Warranty evaluation proces (returned parts from ASC/DRC)
• Active management of field quality /reliability issue
• Cooperation with all internal departments
• Regular evaluation and reporting of Customer request database from Quality and Reliability point of view
• Warranty commission process-cooperation
• Cooperate and assist by creation of the final reports towards customers
• Manage/Assist by RCA investigations
• Implementation of six sigma tools
• Implementation of GenSuite database –quality escapes
• Log cases into the Siebel
• Case management OEM/Field
• Trouble shooting in the field
• Support the development of ASC/DRC
• Process development related to the ASC/DRC

Qualifications/Requirements:

• Minimum 3 years experience in technical support
• Technical background
• Ability to analyze technical processes
• Quality awareness and ability to identify future failures, defects, and problems
• Strong oral and written communication skills
• Strong interpersonal and leadership skills
• Fluent English, additional languages are desired

We offer:

• Perspective job in the world’s second largest company
• Wide scale of further development
• Additional week of holiday
• Contribution to pension scheme/ life insurance
• Bank and finance products of GE Money Bank with favored conditions
• Meal vouchers in value of CZK 85 fully reimbursed by employer
• Company´s fitness centrum and other activities promoting healthy lifestyle

Contact:

Gabriela Hlavicová

HR Specialist

GE Aviation Czech s.r.o.

T +420 222 538 934

M +420 725 908 513

gabriela.hlavicova@ge.com

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Strength & Dynamics Office Lead

GE Aviation’s Business & General Aviation (BGA) Turboprops is a recognized leader in the design, development and manufacture of turboprop engines. With more than 1,600 turboprops in service and more than 17 million flight hours to date, BGA Turboprop engines have a proven record of performance and reliability in extreme conditions.

BGA Turboprops is an integral part of GE Aviation’s legacy of more than a century of turboprop and turboshaft engine manufacture, which includes more than 16,000 engines currently in service and more than 87 million flight hours to date.

Learn more about us at www.geaviation.cz.

Role summary/Purpose:

The Strength & Dynamics Office Lead provides strength analysis to support design activities in the area of aircraft engines development and certification plus sustaining engineering; supports team in order to meet assigned objectives. Analyst will work within defined work tasks to delivery reports to the Strength Office Leader, utilize the ANSYS system as the main tool for performing the strength analysis plus other utilities.

  • Leads team of 5 Strength Analysts
  • Execute the analysis, design, test, or integration required to define and support assigned components, assemblies or systems that meet business standards and program / product requirements
  • Prepare and present technical data/reports to internal team and partnership development organization
  • Document and communicate results of technical data generated
  • Participate on teams assigned to address specific organizational initiatives
  • Share engineering information and promote open dialogue
  • Prepare invention disclosures to protect the technology that provides a competitive advantage to the business
  • Assure proper documentation of technical data generated for the assigned projects and/or tasks consistent with engineering policies and procedures
  • Dealing with new design documentation management requests

Qualifications/Requirements:

  • Bachelor/Master degree in Mechanical Engineering
  • Minimum 8 years of relevant experience in Strength area, preferred from Aviation industry
  • Familiarity with design, test and analysis tools and systems (ANSYS, CS-E)
  • International environment experience
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills
  • PC proficiency
  • Fluent English

We offer:

  • Perspective job in the second world’s largest company with unlimited career opportunities
  • Wide scale of further development
  • Additional week of holiday
  • Contribution to pension scheme/ life insurance
  • Bank and finance products of GE Money Bank with favored conditions
  • Meal vouchers in value of CZK 85 fully reimbursed by employer
  • The possibility of buying shares of General Electric
  • Company´s fitness centrum and other activities promoting healthy lifestyles

Contact:

Gabriela Hlavicová

HR Specialist

GE Aviation Czech s.r.o.

T +420 222 538 934

M +420 725 908 513

gabriela.hlavicova@ge.com

 

 

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Engine Sales Representative

GE Aviation’s Business & General Aviation (BGA) Turboprops is a recognized leader in the design, development and manufacture of turboprop engines. With more than 1,600 turboprops in service and more than 17 million flight hours to date, BGA Turboprop engines have a proven record of performance and reliability in extreme conditions.

BGA Turboprops is an integral part of GE Aviation’s legacy of more than a century of turboprop and turboshaft engine manufacture, which includes more than 16,000 engines currently in service and more than 87 million flight hours to date.

Learn more about us at www.geaviation.cz.

Role summary/Purpose:

The Engine Sales Representative develops practical and innovative ways to identify and meet revenue and margin goals. In this role, you will be responsible for achieving Sales targets, revenue growth, market share gain and customer satisfaction on short & long term basis with assigned group of Customer Accounts. Primary scope is the M601 and H80 turboprop engine and overhaul services.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop and own strategic & commercial action plans considering overall Sales & Service strategy of GEAC in assigned region or with assigned Accounts
  • Responsible for all aspects of contract management, including proposal development, pricing decisions, risk management and mitigation,price negotiations, customer communications and issue resolution
  • Lead the transactional deal process having the ability to structure creative, commercially and technically sound quality deals as well as fully manage associated contractual issues that arise over the life of the project
  • Provide leadership during the deal review process to ensure that all technical risk points, risk mitigation, and business risk acceptance levels are properly incorporated in the development of the scope, cost and proposal wording
  • Drive active communication through internal organization such as Production, Engineering, Sourcing, Service, etc
  • Meet order budget, proposal timelines, hit/win rate and project profitability
  • Program management to support certification of M601 or H80 engine on the new aircraft

Contact:

Gabriela Hlavicová

HR Specialist

GE Aviation Czech s.r.o.

T +420 222 538 934

M +420 725 908 513

gabriela.hlavicova@ge.com

 

 

 

 

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Master Black Belt

GE Aviation’s Business & General Aviation (BGA) Turboprops is a recognized leader in the design, development and manufacture of turboprop engines. With more than 1,600 turboprops in service and more than 17 million flight hours to date, BGA Turboprop engines have a proven record of performance and reliability in extreme conditions.

BGA Turboprops is an integral part of GE Aviation’s legacy of more than a century of turboprop and turboshaft engine manufacture, which includes more than 16,000 engines currently in service and more than 87 million flight hours to date.

Learn more about us at www.geaviation.cz.

Role summary/Purpose:

The Master Black Belt demonstrates accountability for functional, business, and broad company objectives. In this role you will integrate and develop processes that meet business needs across the organization, manage complex issues within functional area(s) of expertise, be involved in long-term planning, and contribute to the overall business strategy.

Responsibilities:

  • Work with quality champion(s) and other operating leaders to develop project deployment strategy, goals and priorities
  • Serve as change agent by stimulating, communicating and institutionalizing Lean Six Sigma initiatives
  • Drive lean manufacturing activities and ensure progress while tracking project status and closure
  • Create the lean vision and implement a lean strategy to reduce cycle time, inventory, and waste
  • Assist in lean plan execution by leading Action Work-Outs (AWO’s), training personnel and other activities to achieve world-class process flow
  • Guide functional teams in developing and executing lean plans to reduce cycle time, inventory, and waste to improve process quality and create capacity
  • Serve as an expert resource to the business on Lean Six Sigma philosophy, theory, and application tools / tactics following completion of a rigorous training program
  • Improve customer satisfaction and reduce process variation through application of Lean Six Sigma tools and tactics
  • Develop strategy and deploy Lean Six Sigma tools and tactics
  • Teach, train, coach and mentor Green Belts/Black Belts in the use of Lean Six Sigma methodology
  • Define, scope and select projects
  • Conduct regular project reviews with assigned Gren Belts/Black Belt quality leaders to assure accomplishment of key results
  • Communicate progress, status and issues to Champions and business leader
  • Educate and coach others on Lean Six Sigma philosophy and application
  • Seek, share and institutionalize best practices

Qualifications/requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university
  • At least 5 additional years of experience in lean systems and Six Sigma integration
  • At least 3 years of experience in a manufacturing environment
  • Ability to make decisions with speed and accuracy based on best available information
  • Ability to motivate teams and lead change at all levels of the organization
  • Responsible for meeting customer / business needs as well as developing direct report
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills
  • Customer-focused in defining quality and establishing priorities
  • Able to make executive level presentations
  • Six Sigma Green or Black belt certification

We offer:

  • Perspective job in the second world’s largest company with unlimited career opportunities
  • Wide scale of further development
  • Additional week of holiday
  • Contribution to pension scheme/ life insurance
  • Bank and finance products of GE Money Bank with favored conditions
  • Meal vouchers in value of CZK 85 fully reimbursed by employer
  • The possibility of buying shares of General Electric
  • Company´s fitness centrum and other activities promoting healthy lifestyles

Contact:

Gabriela Hlavicová

HR Specialist

GE Aviation Czech s.r.o.

T +420 222 538 934

M +420 725 908 513

gabriela.hlavicova@ge.com

 

 

 

 

 

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Private: CzechInvest is an Associate member of the CCAI

Support for stable growth of the Czech aviation industry, creating ideal conditions for new production programs of global companies and new jobs. These are the goals of the CzechInvest agency and the Confederation of the Czech Aviation Industry. From now, they will together promote the Czech aviation sector abroad and help to increase production capacities of aviation industry in the Czech Republic. They will also focus on education.

“The CzechInvest became a member of the Confederation of the Czech Aviation Industry, because aerospace industry is one of our priority sectors,” said CzechInvest CEO Miroslav Křížek. “It also means we promote the Czech aerospace industry abroad, attract foreign investors to the Czech Republic and try to connect them with Czech companies, whose production, research and development are at the highest level.”

“Membership of CzechInvest is the result of our long-term cooperation in the promotion and development of aviation industry in the Czech Republic and in the education and I believe it will significantly help to achieve the goals of the Confederation,” said Ladislav Šimek, the President of the Confederation of the Czech Aviation Industry.

“Abroad, there is an interest in the cooperation with the Czech air companies. For example, in October this year CzechInvest presented Czech aviation companies at The International Aerospace Conference for the SMEs in Tokyo,” said Radek Šoltys, Director of Investment Division of CzechInvest. At the Conference, CzechInvest was a representative of a single European state which could represent its interests.

Czech aviation companies already have experiences in cooperation with foreign firms. For example, the third largest aircraft manufacturer in the world – Brazilian company Embraer and the largest Czech producer of aviation equipment Aero Vodochody cooperate in the development and production of new military transport multipurpose aircraft KC-390th.

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Private: The General Meeting elected new authorities of CCAI

On November 24th at Driessen Aerospace factory held the General Meeting of Confederation of Czech Aviation Industry. Representatives of confederation members heard a report on activities of the Commission for education and report on preparations of strategy of aviation industry and evaluated current activities of CCAI.

General Meeting

Activities of the Commission for education which managed to collect data necessary for better cooperation of schools and aviation industry and established relations between the Confederation and high schools and universities. Positive evaluation got also communication in the Confederation. Members of the Confederation agreed to support and develop these activities.

In the end of the meeting, new authorities of CCAI were elected. As new members of the Board of the Confederation of Czech Aviation Industry were elected GE Aviation Czech s. r. o., Jihlavan, a. s., Letov letecká výroba s. r. o., Driessen Aerospace s. r. o. and AERO Vodochody, a. s. The President of the Confederation became Ladislav Šimek of AERO Vodochody, the Vice-President became Milan Šlapák of GE Aviation Czech.

As new members of the Supervisory Board of the Confederation of Czech Aviation Industry were elected LA Composite s. r. o., Znojemské strojírny s. r. o. and Quittner & Schimek s. r. o. Znojemské strojírny s.r.o. represented by L. Blažek were chosen as the Chairman of the Supervisory Board.

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Strategy of aviation industry

Confederation of the Czech Aviation Industry prepares a long-term strategy for the aviation industry in the Czech Republic. The aim of the Confederation is to develop a simple and clear strategy that will meet expectations and goals not only of members of the Confederation, but also of other aircraft manufacturers in the country. The plan should also become a basis for further development of the industry. The Strategy of Czech Aviation Industry will be introduced at the beginning of December 2011.

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Extension of the CCAI with other members

The Confederation of the Czech Aviation Industry (CCAI) was extended with three new members on September 22, 2011 – Driessen Aerospace CZ s.r.o, TL electronic a.s. and AXL, a.s., Semily.

Driessen Aerospace specializes in designing, manufacturing and servicing high quality galleys, galley equipment and cargo equipment. Driessen is part of Zodiac Aerospace, a stocklisted company in the aviation industry with 80 production sites and more than 20,000 dedicated employees around the globe.

The TL electronic company is a leader in the field of development and production of aviation instruments and equipment. Its most important clients include BAE system, BRP-Rotax (Bombardier), Honeywell, Extra Aircraft and Redbull Air Race Team.

AXL, a.s., Semily is a traditional engineering manufacturer with experience from the field of development, design and production of aircraft technologies, hydraulic equipment and generating sets.

The extension of CCAI is the evidence of correctness of the selected approach to the industry integration which addresses other companies and is the basis for development of the aircraft production.

CCAI is open towards all companies which are ready to cooperate in view of meeting the targets of the Confederation. The Confederation has received several new applications, and appropriate decisions about them will be made according to the Rules of Procedure of the Confederation.

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Establishment of the CCAI Commission for Education

On the basis of decisions of the members and of the Board of Directors of the Confederation of the Czech Aviation Industry (CCAI), Mr. Ladislav Šimek, the President of the Confederation, established the Commission for Education on July 15, 2011.

The establishment of the Commission is a result of the long-term and targeted activity of the Confederation’s members, focused on addressing the issues of education for the aircraft industry which has undergone important changes in recent years. The increasing requirements of the industry, in terms of both quantity and quality of graduates from secondary schools and universities impose high demands for the school system. The aim of the Commission is to analyse the existing state, and on the basis of a qualified outlook to propose solution possibilities. The basic tasks therefore include:

  • Quantify the demand for education for another period of five years
  • Quantify graduates in the years 2008-2011 with an outlook for 2012-2015
  • Specify the content change in the agenda of education for individual schools (new branches of study, changes in the existing ones)
  • Create and declare rules for practice, intership stays and scholarships
  • Create a summary quantified offer of positions in the field of the aircraft industry education / of which in English
  • Map the existing system of support of education and requalification in the Czech Republic and in the EU
  • Institutionalise provision of support of education in the field of aviation

The Commission consisting of representatives of schools, firms and CzechInvest will draw up a document which is to serve as a basis for the CCAI Strategy Action Plan in the field of education.

We believe that all the companies addressed in view of cooperation on this project will assume their part of responsibility and co-participation at the requested future development which should ensure enough high-quality capacities.

The results of the work of the Commission for Education will be published.

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Adoption of new CCAI members

A decision about adoption of two new members of Confederation of the Czech Aviation Industry (CCAI) was made in the course of the regular CCAI meeting held on July 14, 2011 and organised by the GE Aviation Czech company.

SPEEL Praha s.r.o., a company focused on development and manufacturing of components of onboard recording systems for aircraft and helicopters and on development of universal program equipment (software) for flight data analysis, became an ordinary member of the Confederation.

Inženýrská akademie ČR (Engineering Academy of the Czech Republic), whose main aim is to support technical sciences and technical schools, to create bridges between research and the implementation sphere and to contribute to increasing competitive capacities of the Czech economy, became an extraordinary member of the Confederation.

The new members are a guarantee of fulfilment of the Confederation’s objectives and through their proactive approach they will contribute to their achievement.

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Confederation of the Czech Aviation Industry was officially established

On 9. June, 2011 was founded Svaz českého leteckého průmyslu. For the foreign partners will this Confederation be called Confederation of the Czech Aviation Industry with abbreviation CCAI.

Confederation was established by the following companies: AERO Vodochody a.s., Letov letecka vyroba, GE Aviation Czech, Jihlavan, Zlín Aircraft, Znojemské Strojírny, La composite, Quittner & Schimek, ATG, the first associate member is a university CTU Prague, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering.

The members also elected the executive body of the Confederation, Mr. Ladislav Simek from AERO Vodochody was elected the president and Vice president Mr. Milan Slapak from GE Aviation Czech.

Board of Directors is also represented by companies Letov letecka výroba, Jihlavan and Zlín Aircraft. The chairman of the Supervisory Board was elected Mr. Jiri Simek from Quittner & Schimek. Mr. Martin Kowalczyk from AERO Vodochody was nominated as the executive director.

The members of the Confederation talked about possibilities of cooperation on the project KC-390. AERO Vodochody signed a contract with the third largest manufacturer of aircraft in the world, Brazilian company Embraer. Embraer and AERO Vodochody became partners in development and production of a new military transport multi-purpose aircraft KC-390.

The members also discussed further cooperation in solving problems in the aviation education, which is one of the main priorities of the Confederation.

Confederation was already approached by other companies interested to enter this body of aviation companies as ordinary members, but also associate members such as universities, research institutes, scientific organizations and others.

Confederation of the Czech Aviation Industry is open to companies, which are not considered at present as part of the aviation industry, but have production capacities that can be offered to the aviation industry and on that basis can become a part of this dynamically growing industry.

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Constitutive meeting of CCAI

In AERO Vodochody was on 26. 5. 2011 held a constitutive meeting of Svaz českého leteckého průmyslu.

Companies present at this constitutive meeting decided to establish the Confederation of the Czech Aviation Industry and adopted its rules.

The aim of the Confederation is to develop economic cooperation amongst its members and cooperation leading to gaining and support of new projects with trade application, support and promote education for the aviation industry, influence direction of conditions for business and support competitive advantage of the Czech aviation industry.

Present companies further agreed that the Confederation will protect interests of its members in the aviation industry, help to create conditions for direct cooperation, cooperate with other enterprises and state organizations in the interest of further development of the aviation industry.

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