The Aircraft

We fly the L-39C ‘Albatros’, manufactured by Czech company Aero Vodochody.

About the L-39

This is a third-generation jet trainer and light attack aircraft, and due to its unrivalled performance and dependability, is one of the most widely used types for this role world-wide.

It’s strong, capable, and designed for reliable and safe operation under varying climatic conditions. (And gorgeous!)

For a military aircraft, it’s very roomy and comfortable, with an excellent air conditioning system.

It has systems redundancy comparable to those of high end civilian jet business and airline aircraft.

Nearly three thousand of them have been built to date, and developed versions are still being produced.

Our aircraft is one of the youngest and least-used examples, and in its military service in the Czech Air Force was the personal aircraft of a senior commander.

It’s flown less than one thousand hours since manufacture.

We’ve recently completed a comprehensive, year-long refurbishment and upgrade program, where all redundant military systems were removed, the external tip fuel tanks replaced with performance enhancing winglets, and a complete suite of modern avionics installed.

The upgrades include;

LCD Screens

Large screen LCD displays in both cockpits, incorporating synthetic vision and aeronautical charts, and Traffic and terrain avoidance systems. (Essential in the busy environments we fly in.)

Angle of Attack system

Not a gunsight! A device optimising flight safety and efficiency, used extensively in military fighter aircraft.

Autopilot

Three-axis autopilot

Fuel

An advanced fuel monitoring and management system.

It’s approved for Instrument Flight Rules operations, and is compliant with all Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) and AWAL requirements, including ADS-B.

Our aim was to develop an aircraft equipped to the highest standards, compliant and capable of safe and efficient operations in the civilian aviation environment.

What our engineers have achieved has surpassed our highest expectations, and we believe we have an excellent example of the L-39C, perhaps the best in Australia.

We love it!

Specifications

Max speed in level flight
750 km/h (405 Kts)
Max Speed in a dive
910 km/h (490 Kts)
Ceiling
11000 m (36000 ft)
Thrust
1800 kg
Mass when performing
4000 kg
Max G force
+8 g / -4 g
Length
12.13 m
Wingspan
9.46 m