Czech aircraft company Aero Vodochody has announced the delivery of a ground-based simulation training system for its Aero L-39NG jet trainers ordered by Hungary.
The project supports the “seamless retraining” program for Hungarian pilots to operate the future L-39NG fleet.
The aircraft manufacturer has contracted the delivery of the simulation system to the training solutions firm VR Group, a subsidiary of state-run enterprise LOM PRAHA.
The ground-based training system will be vital in introducing jet trainers to the Hungarian Air Force. It will include a set of effective simulation tools and related equipment for the airmen to familiarize themselves with the capability.
“This will provide long-term support to the Hungarian Air Force’s training process in the area of individual and group pilot training on L-39NG aircraft,” Aero Vodochody Customer Solutions & Support Senior Director Vít Pavelec said.
Alongside the simulation kit’s main platform, the deal includes a Full Mission Simulator to train pilots in tactics.
“Our main goal is to remove the line between simulation training and flying a real aircraft. We want to make the two phases as close as possible,” VR Group Board Chairman Vít Ryška said.
The Hungarian Air Force will receive a state of the art full mission simulator as part of the L-39NG contract. We look forward to working together with VR Group a.s., part of #lompraha, a leading provider of simulation solutions from Central Europe. pic.twitter.com/Hp6tosiaRp
— AERO Vodochody (@AERO_Vodochody) September 1, 2022
Aero L-39NG Training Simulator
The ground-based simulator system projects a display onto a spherical surface with a horizontal range of 300 degrees and a vertical range of 120 degrees through a nine-channel system.
Trainees will experience realistic flight simulations in all weather conditions, even flying at night, with realistic night vision goggles.
The system includes a replica ejection seat and other realistic components to preserve the flight characteristics of the real aircraft.
According to Aero Vodochody, the L-39NG ground simulation training system will be certified according to European regulations at Flight Training Device Level 2.
“In addition, the new L-39NG aircraft designed for full-scale training of modern Air Force pilots have recently received ‘full certification’ and can be registered without restrictions with customers worldwide,” Pavelec explained.
Hungary’s Future L-39NG Fleet
The Hungarian Defence Forces ordered 12 L-39NG jet trainer aircraft from Aero Vodochody in April 2022, with the first unit to be delivered in 2024.
Eight jets will have a trainer configuration, while four will have a reconnaissance configuration.