Research, development and manufacturing potential of the general aviation aircraft industry in the Czech Republic

Smrcek, Ladislav (1996) Research, development and manufacturing potential of the general aviation aircraft industry in the Czech Republic. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Abstract

The Czech aircraft industry was influenced by several negative factors at the end of the eighties. The collapse of the Eastern European market, the world recession in air transport and a consequent reduction in output of aircraft were signs of the deep crisis. Conversely, the removal of trade barriers between eastern and western Europe [Ref. 20] offered new opportunities to this industry. This dissertation examines the potential of the Czech aircraft industry to respond to this new challenge. The historical development of the Czech aircraft industry is presented and its evolution explored. The present day structure of the industry is discussed in detail and this discussion provides the basis for a subsequent evaluation of the marketing potential there. The ability of the industry to respond to its marketing opportunities is then examined in terms of a development and production cost analysis. This analysis is contrasted with the current economics of aircraft production in the West. Configuration studies of a four-seater light aircraft formed a logical focus for market research and development cost studies. In particular, the configuration and design specifications of an aircraft designated TP41 are presented as an example of the type of aircraft currently targeted by the Czech aircraft industry. Through this research know-how data have been collected in the University of Glasgow Eastern European database. Unique knowledge of the development and manufacturing potential of the general aviation aircraft industry in the Czech Republic, together with its research capabilities, gives the Department of Aerospace Engineering unlimited opportunities to establish novel consultancy and research activities using the know-how database presented in this dissertation.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Additional Information: Adviser: Roderick A Galbraith
Keywords: Operations research, East European studies, Industrial engineering
Date of Award: 1996
Depositing User: Enlighten Team
Unique ID: glathesis:1996-71714
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 17 May 2019 09:31
Last Modified: 17 May 2019 09:31
URI: http://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/71714

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