An engineer against my will, a pilot against my parents’
Josef Kubeš was born on 2 June 1937. He grew up in a secluded settlement Cikánka near Lomnice nad Popelkou. During his grammar school studies in Semily he obtained a pilot license. Because of his passion for flying and also for financial reasons he then enrolled at the Faculty of Aeronautics of the Military Technical Academy in Brno. As a young graduate he started working in Prague’s Motorlet factory. He stayed there for thirty-seven years before retiring in 1997. After the Velvet Revolution he accepted his colleagues’ offer and became head of development. As a contractor he aided Motorlet in obtaining certification for its H-80 motor and for seven years collaborated with Aero Vodochody.