China’s light sports aircraft 'wind feather' completes maiden flight

Source:Global Times Published: 2018/7/5 22:48:40

China's first light sports aircraft built completely using domestic intellectual property completed its maiden flight in Shanghai on Wednesday, according to a report by the Xinhua News Agency. The flight marked a milestone for China's fast-growing aviation industry, which had been limited by its reliance on foreign technology.

The amphibious aircraft, called "wind feather," was made by Shanghai Aokesai, a company founded in 2008.

The aircraft has a frame made completely from carbon fiber composite materials, and its design is based on official light aircraft standards set by the US Federal Aviation Administration. The plane has also received a type certificate and a production certificate  from China's Civil Aviation Administration.

The aircraft's design includes many wholly domestic innovations in terms of its structure, materials and avionics. The company provides fully digital communications, sensors and displays, and it claims its innovative wing design improves the stability of the plane when flying above water. Its composite material frame is the result of almost 10 years of painstaking development of design theory and crafting process, placing the aircraft at the leading edge of the light aircraft industry.

The plane's design closely follows the certification standards of the US and China, and it is now ready for export. Orders from 11 countries and regions for 75 planes have already been received for a total of 200 million yuan ($30 million).

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