Among the EU accession countries of Central and Eastern Europe, the Czech Republic and Poland are the biggest aerospace players, with around 10,000 people directly employed in the sector in each country. Many more workers are indirectly employed in the supply chain and service sectors of the industry.
The Czech aerospace industry is based on tradition, continuity and a culture enabling the passing down and broadening of experience from generation to generation. In comparison with other countries, the Czech Republic progressively advanced from lower categories of aerospace production to more sophisticated products such as commercial aircraft and military jets over more than 90 years. Our aerospace heritage has brought us extensive knowledge derived from the results of numerous aircraft tests. This has contributed to building a strong aerospace culture in which generations of designers have been able to acquire and developed advanced technical skills.
The tradition of aerospace manufacturing in the Czech Republic dates back nearly to the origins of flight itself. In the 1930s, the number of aviation firms and people employed by them in the former Czechoslovakia reached the level of that found in the most advanced countries of that time, such as Germany, France, Great Britain and the United States. Later, in the 1950s and ’60s, Russia’s influence spurred the implementation of new aviation projects and motivated Czech aviation firms to establish their own development projects.
Today’s aerospace industry in the Czech Republic is largely based on sharing knowledge and experience with foreign partners and the country’s aviation specialists are eager to take part in the development of passenger aircraft and to contribute to the success of the industry not only in the Czech Republic but on a global scale by bringing the best of their past and present into the future.