Czechs Eying Larger Aircraft Market

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About 500 light sport aircraft are produced each year in the Czech Republic, and the industry there now is researching a possible move into the production of larger aircraft with as many as 15 seats, the Czech News Agency reported this week. A three-year project is underway that seeks to boost production efficiency. "Forty organisations from 14 European countries are working on the project, and 11 participants are from the Czech Republic," said Vlastimil Havelka, secretary of the Czech Association of Aviation Manufacturers. The three-year CESAR (Cost-Effective Small AiRcraft) project aims to cut costs for manufacturers and shorten the time required for a new airplane to launch. Participants include Aero Vodochody, Evektor Aerotechnik, Jihostroj and Jihlavan, the news agency reported.