Aero Vodochody

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AERO Vodochody AEROSPACE a.s.
Akciová společnost
Industry Aerospace, arms Industry
Predecessor Aero – továrna létadel
Founded February 25, 1919; 97 years ago (1919-02-25)
Headquarters Odolena Voda, Central Bohemian, Czech Republic
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
Giuseppe Giordo (president and CEO)
Products Aircraft, helicopter, aircraft parts
Owners Penta Investments
Number of employees
1,683[1] (December 31, 2013)
Website www.aero.cz
Aero Vodochody L.159A ALCA – Advanced Light Combat Aircraft

Aero Vodochody (commonly referred to as Aero; Vodochody is a location) is a Czech (previous Czechoslovak) aircraft company, active from 1919, notable for producing the L-29 Delfin, L-39 Albatros, L-59 Super Albatros, and the L-159 Alca military light combat jet.

After the fall of the communist government in Czechoslovakia (1989) and in the rest of Central Europe, the company lost a major portion of its main market in jet trainers. Sales of military aircraft declined in the early 1990s in Eastern Europe as well as in NATO countries where the entry of a new producer was obviously unwanted. Aero was controlled for several years, 1998 to 2004, by Boeing.[2]

At the end of October 2006 Aero Vodochody was privatized once again. A Czech-Slovak investment group Penta Investments bought it for roughly 3 billion CZK.[3][4]

Currently, Aero Vodochody produces the Sikorsky S-76, center wing box for the Alenia C27, door subassemblies for the Embraer 170 and Embraer 190, cockpit for the UH-60, gun bay doors for the F/A-18 Super Hornet, subassemblies and parts for the Airbus A320 family, fixed leading edge kits for the Boeing 767[5], and the L-159 advanced light combat aircraft.[6]

Aero is also likely to upgrade the runway at its Vodochody Airport near Prague to international airport standards which would serve mainly the low-cost air-carriers and charter flights heading to Prague.[7]

Aircraft[edit]

Pre-World War II[edit]

  • Aero Ae 01 (1919, trainer based on Hansa-Brandenburg B.I)
  • Aero Ae 02 (1920, fighter)
  • Aero Ae 03 (1921, prototype reconnaissance aircraft)
  • Aero Ae 04 (1921, prototype fighter developed from the Ae 02)
  • Aero A.8 (airliner)
  • Aero A.10 (1922, airliner)
  • Aero A.11 (1924, reconnaissance/light bomber developed from the A.12)
  • Aero A.12 (1923, reconnaissance/light bomber)
  • Aero A.14 (1922, reconnaissance/mail plane)
  • Aero A.15 (re-engined A.14)
  • Aero A.16 (1926, night bomber project)
  • Aero A.17 (1922, sailplane)
  • Aero A.18 (1923, fighter developed from the Ae 02, Ae 04 and A.11)
  • Aero A.19 (1923, prototype fighter)
  • Aero A.20 (1923, prototype fighter)
  • Aero A.21 (night trainer developed from the A.11)
  • Aero A.22 (utility aircraft developed from the A.11)
  • Aero A.22 (II) (unbuilt four-engine heavy bomber project)
  • Aero A.23 (1925, airliner)
  • Aero A.24 (1924, prototype twin-engine bomber)
  • Aero A.25 (trainer developed from the A.11)
  • Aero A.26 (reconnaissance aircraft developed from the Ae 10)
  • Aero A.27 (1926, re-engined A.24)
  • Aero A.27 (II) (1925, 12-seat airliner project)
  • Aero A.28 (two-seat trainer)
  • Aero A.29 (1927, floatplane developed from the A.11)
  • Aero A.30 (1926, prototype reconnaissance/light bomber developed from the A.11)
  • Aero A.31 (single-seat fighter project)
  • Aero A.32 (1927, reconnaissance/bomber developed from the A.11)
  • Aero A.33 (1928, 14-seat trimotor airliner project)
  • Aero A.34 (1929, light sport aircraft)
  • Aero A.35 (airliner)
  • Aero A.36 (1926, three-engine biplane bomber project)
  • Aero A.38 (airliner)
  • Aero A.40 (1926, racing aircraft project)
  • Aero A.42 (1929, prototype bomber)
  • Aero A.44 (1931, heavy bomber project)
  • Aero A.46 (1931, prototype trainer)
  • Aero A.48 (1932, 8 passenger airliner project)
  • Aero A.49 (1932, 2-seat ultralight aircraft project)
  • Aero A.55 (1933?, ultralight aircraft project)
  • Aero A.60 (1933, high-speed three-engine 6-seat transport aircraft project)
  • Aero A.100 (1933, reconnaissance/light bomber developed from the A.430)
  • Aero A.101 (reconnaissance/light bomber developed from the A.100)
  • Aero A.102 (1932, initial version of A.102)
  • Aero A.102 (1934, prototype fighter)
  • Aero A.104 (1937, prototype reconnaissance/light bomber developed from the A.101)
  • Aero A.125 (re-engined A.25)
  • Aero A.130 (re-engined A.30)
  • Aero A.134 (1929, re-engined A.34)
  • Aero A.200 (1934, sports plane)
  • Aero MB.200 (1935, Bloch MB.200 built under license)
  • Aero A.202 (1934, twin engine 14-seat airliner project)
  • Aero A.204 (1936, prototype four-engine airliner)
  • Aero A.206 (1936, prototype for A.300)
  • Aero A.210 (1936–37, airliner project)
  • Aero A.212 (1937, utility aircraft project)
  • Aero A.230 (1930, production version of A.30)
  • Aero A.300 (1938, bomber developed from the A.304)
  • Aero A.302 (1936, attack aircraft project)
  • Aero A.304 (1937, bomber developed from the A.204)
  • Aero A.321 (attack version of A.32 for Finnish Air Force)
  • Aero A.330 (re-engined A.230)
  • Aero A.351
  • Aero A.404 (bomber project developed from the A.304)
  • Aero A.430 (prototype for A.100)

Post World War II[edit]

In development[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Aero Vodochody AEROSPACE a.s., Annual report 2013, page 54
  2. ^ http://www.aero.cz/en/about-us/about-aero/history/
  3. ^ http://www.aero.cz/en/about-us/about-aero/company-profile/
  4. ^ http://www.aero.cz/en/about-us/about-aero/history/
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 18, 2011. Retrieved 2010-10-27. 
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 8, 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-26. 
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on January 13, 2010. Retrieved 2009-12-31. 
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 6, 2015. Retrieved 2015-03-04. 

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