SkyTech sign agreement with Aero Vodochody at Farnborough International Airshow, ahead of SkyTech sponsoring Military Flight Training Conference

Event Military Flight Training 2018
Organiser SMi Group Ltd.
Event Date 10.10.2018
Press Release Date 09.08.2018

At this year’s Farnborough International Airshow, air training service company SkyTech has signed a binding agreement with Aero Vodochody for the delivery of 10 L-39NG aircraft.

Farnborough International Airshow 2018 showcased the best of the global aerospace industry, with industry confidence at an all-time high after the show saw orders worth $192bn made, an increase of $67.5bn from 2016, and over 1,400 commercial aircraft ordered, valued at $154bn, as well as more than 1,432 engines ordered, worth $22bn.*

One of this year’s key partnerships included Czech aircraft company Aero Vodochody, who signed a binding agreement with contracted air training service company SkyTech, for the delivery of 10 L-39NG aircraft, as well as the option for another six aircrafts.

SkyTech’s senior vice-president, and key speaker at this year’s Military Flight Training conference, Mal Sandford said that the company would be working to create a range of contracting models for potential customers, including pay-by-the-hour and leasing options.

Mr Sandford stated “There’s shortfalls in training, there’s shortfalls in human resources for air forces, and there’s also a shortfall in budgets. So, we will provide a very innovative way to allow air forces to come and fly this – not in terms of a training school but give governments access to these aircraft on a cheaper scale.” **

Mr Sandford will be presenting on “A New Paradigm in Training” at this year’s 7th Annual Military Flight Training Conference, taking place on the 10th and 11th October 2018 in London, UK. Mr Sandford will be focusing on:

  • Advancing the availability of training needs in 2019 and beyond
  • Buy what you need, as you need it
  • New perfectly suited platforms that meet Phase 3 & 4 and LIFT requirements
  • Retaining country-specific needs

This year’s two-day conference will also host an international gathering of military and industry experts to discuss the latest updates on flight training tactics and the technological advances made in simulation programmes, with specific briefings on the 3 main platforms fast jet, fixed wing, and rotary.

The event will also feature over 16 in-depth presentations from international experts, including “Enabling Combined Air Operations through Aviation Education and Training”, presented by Lieutenant Colonel David Max, Commandant, Inter-European Air Forces Academy, US Air Force Europe, who will discuss:

  • Strengthening NATO and Partnership for Peace air force capabilities and interoperability
  • Targeted military education and training
  • Promote improved relations at all levels of Allied Air Forces

At this year’s 7th annual event, delegates will have the unrivalled opportunity to take advantage of the knowledge and expertise provided by international senior military presenters from France, USA, UK, Canada, Sweden, Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary and Italy.

View the latest agenda and speaker line-up, as well as other exclusive content on the event website. Book by 31st August and receive a £200 discount, register at

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Military Flight Training
10th – 11th October 2018
Copthorne Tara Hotel, Kensington, London, UK

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