The Czech-made EV-97 Eurostar trainer has made inroads in Europe since its launch in 1997, with 70 aircraft sold.

The two-seat basic trainer is on display in Hall 4/C8 where its manufacturer, Czech Republic design and construction company Evektor-Aerotechnik, is exhibiting for the first time in Paris.

The company believes the Eurostar has the potential to generate significant interest in the USA among private buyers, flying schools and dealers. Managing director Jaroslav Ruzicka says that the low-cost of production in the Czech Republic means it can provide a training aircraft tens of thousands of dollars cheaper than its US or Western European rivals.

Up-beat about his company's prospects, Ruzicka says he expects it to become involved in more international projects after the success of its on-going joint venture with Belgium's Wolsfberg Aircraft with which it builds and certifies the Raven 257.

Source: Flight Daily News