In mid-December Evektor ran the EV-55 Outback’s Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-21 engines for the first time. During the test run at Kunovice Airport in the Czech Republic, “engines and propellers performed properly,” the company reported.
The new Central Europe Private Aviation Association (Cepa) will hold its inaugural conference in the Czech capital Prague on April 22 and 23. The group has been formed to represent and coordinate the interests of business aviation companies in new European Union states, including the Czech Republic, the Slovak Republic, Poland, Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia and Slovenia.
Flight-planning and ground-handling specialist group Feras has opened a new operations center at Prague in the Czech Republic. Feras specializes in supporting operations in the Commonwealth of Independent States, as well as eastern and central Europe. Its main headquarters is in Moscow. The new operation is led by Olga Lomteva, who has been the company’s Moscow operations manager for the past seven years.
Growing European FBO group Execair has opened a new facility at Prague Ruzyne Airport in the Czech Republic. It has also acquired Parc Aviation Handling at Ireland’s Dublin Airport.
A pair of investors in LZ Aeronautical Industries, the division of Moravan Aeroplanes now in control of Let L-410 turboprop production in Kunovice, Czech Republic, have threatened to launch international arbitration proceedings against the country if its courts fail to pursue criminal and civil charges against Morovan chairman Libor Soska.
Evektor has begun prototype assembly of the EV-55 Outback, a nine- to 14-passenger unpressurized turboprop. The company submitted its application for a type certificate a year ago in a familiarization meeting between the certification team and regulatory authorities at the company’s facilities in Kunovice, Czech Republic.
The Czech government has pledged $13.5 million over three years to a consortium of 16 companies to build and market a nine- to 14-seat twin turboprop dubbed the EV-55. Organized by the Czech Aviation Manufacturers’ Association and led by Kunovice-based Evektor, the program would awaken a virtually inactive Czech civil aerospace industry and help regain some of the status it enjoyed during the peak of Let 410 and Zlin glider production.
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