General Joseph Mamadou Diop, the Chief of the Air Force of the Republic of Senegal, has completed an hour-long test flight on an Aero Vodochody L-39NG prototype. He was accompanied by Aero Vodochody test pilot Vladimír Továrek.
Senegal is the first customer for the L-39NG.
The West-African country will receive four L-39NGs in Light Attack configuration.
“I am glad I had the opportunity to try the aircraft on my own. It was a great experience, Aero test pilot Vladimír showed me the great manoeuvrability of the aircraft and I also admired beautiful Czech landscape from the new full glass cockpit providing great view,” said General Joseph Mamadou Diop, the Chief of Air Force of the Republic of Senegal after the flight.
The new jet trainer and light attack aircraft is presently undergoing intensive flight tests with the first prototype aircraft with manufacturing number 7001.
According to Aero, the aircraft has been flying almost every day since the middle of September.
“We are very confident about the L-39NG aircraft. The project runs according to our plan, we are finishing a second aircraft dedicated to flight tests in early November and we will complete the certification for Advanced and Basic Trainer configuration in the third quarter of 2020 and for Light Attack a year later. It was a logical step to offer our customers the opportunity to fly the aircraft and convince them of its unique performance and outstanding capabilities,” said Dieter John, President & CEO of Aero Vodochody.
Aero is currently finishing production of aircraft Nr. 7003 dedicated for fatigue tests and Nr. 7004, the pre-serial aircraft that should join 7001 in flight testing in following months. Nr. 7002 is already undergoing static tests since spring.
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