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China's first electricity-powered aircraft gets production approval

(Xinhua)    13:40, December 04, 2015
China's first electricity-powered aircraft gets production approval
The photo, taken on Dec. 3, shows technicians debugging the electric light-sport aircraft "RX1E" at a research base of Shenyang Aerospace University. Started by Yang Fengtian, a member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, and developed by Shenyang Aerospace University, the "RX1E" electric light-sport aircraft marks China's first manned electric light aircraft. The plane, powered by lithium batteries, is capable of flying a maximum altitude of 3,000 meters. A charging time of 90 minutes enables it to fly for 45 to 60 minutes. The plane can be used for pilot training, sightseeing tours as well as experimental flying. The model was given a production permit in Shenyang on Thursday. [Photo: Xinhua/Zhang Wenkui]

SHENYANG, Nov. 4 -- China's first domestically developed electricity-powered aircraft has been approved for production by civil aviation authorities.

The two-seat RX1E aircraft can fly for 45-60 minutes with a maximum speed of 120 km per hour after an hour and a half of charging, according to its developer, the Liaoning General Aviation Research Academy in northeast China.

The environmentally friendly model has strong market potential, especially in pilot training and tourism. There has been 28 orders for the aircraft, according to the academy.


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(Editor:Liang Jun,Bianji)

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