In Communist times, Czechoslovakia was a workshop of the Eastern Bloc and aviation one of its key industries--with military trainers, light utility aircraft and turboprop engines its specialties. Aerospace remains vital for the Czech Republic 21 years after its split with Slovakia, with national champion Aero Vodochody surviving a bumpy decade-and-a-half to establish a reputation as a lean and profitable aerostructures supplier. GE is also overhauling the former Walter Engines into a global centre of excellence for small-aircraft engines, and Russian-owned Aircraft Industries--maker of the Let L-410--is expanding production, with plans for a new version of the veteran transport. Meanwhile, the country remains a powerhouse of light sport aircraft. In the following pages we look at the factors behind the resurgence of Czech aerospace. Structural change : Aero Vodochody has recovered from a mid-2000s low point to become a significant supplier on big civil and defence programmes / Murdo Morrison -- How to hold on to your best assets -- New thrust for Walter : GE Aviation wants to turn the Czech general aviation engine maker into its global turboprop centre of excellence / Murdo Morrison -- Let good times roll : one of the Czech Republic's best known aircraft types--the Let L-410--is enjoying a new lease of life, 45 years after its first flight / Murdo Morrison -- How Czech industry consolidated itself in a global supply chain -- The best of both worlds : ABS Jets manages private aircraft for Czech owners, but the Prague firm is building a solid reputation for its MRO and FBO services / Murdo Morrison -- What is behind the soaring success of the Czech ultralight industry? / Murdo Morrison -- Outback to the future : Evektor made its reputation as a manufacturer of ultralights. Now it wants to step up in size with the ambitious EV-55 programme / Kate Sarsfield.


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Media Info

  • Features: Illustrations;
  • Pagination: p. 22-29
  • Serial:
    • Flight International
    • Volume: 185
    • Issue Number: 5442
    • Publisher: Reed Business Information, Limited
    • ISSN: 0015-3710

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  • Accession Number: 01533258
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Northwestern University Transportation Library
  • Files: TLIB
  • Created Date: Aug 7 2014 11:26AM