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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