This year's 100th Anniversary of Independent Czechoslovakia declaration is surely a reason for more detailed insight into our history. Since the inception of the independent republic, aviation has been of great importance for the Czechoslovaks. State officials were aware of its strategic importance and the citizens looked up to aviation with admiration. That is why the program of the 18th Aviation Fair, taking place on Pardubice Airport on June 2nd and 3rd, 2018, will also remind us of rich history of Czechoslovak aviation.
Avia B. H.1, then the most modern airplane, will bring those days back. The manufacture of an airworthy replica of this airplane, first of the line for later famous Avia brand, was undertaken by Marcel Sezemský between 1997-2001. His words, illustrating the history of nearly a century old airplane construction underline the fact that his two-seat airplane in varnished wood color is literally a heartfelt thing for him. "Czechoslovak airplane Avia B. H.1, produced in 1920, was the first modern and completely original aircraft of all-wood construction by Avia, occupying a unique place in the history of Czechoslovak aviation. This was the first Czechoslovak low-wing monoplane airplane and it is also noteworthy that this modern concept has dominated the world many years later. The first Czechoslovak president T. G. Masaryk was aware of these facts as well and donated CZK 100,000 from his personal support fund to the designers Benes and Hajn for further development of Avia company during first Czechoslovak International Air Exhibition in 1920. Later, during the 1920s, Avia began to develop the original concept of the low-wing strut airplane. Avia low-wing monoplanes and their pilots have achieved a number of international sports accomplishments, "says Marcel Sezemsky, pilot and builder about the history of his plane.