First Privately Developed Chinese Aircraft Flies

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China’s first privately funded and developed aircraft had its first flight a couple of weeks ago but it’s not clear what the future holds. The Guanyi GA20 took a 26-minute hop around Nanchang Airport on Sept. 20. It’s a low-wing composite design and while it might be Chinese in most regards, it’s powered by a Lycoming 0-320. It is however the first aircraft to make it from the drawing board to the air without state sponsorship or funding. That was all done in-house by Shanghai Guanyi General Aviation.

There is other foreign content in the aircraft. Its chief designer is Jean-Paul Vaunois, a former senior designer at Airbus. The aircraft has a range of about 800 miles and 150-knot cruise on about eight gallons of fuel per hour. The factory in eastern China has built five of the aircraft and is also working on an autonomous cargo drone and a light twin.

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As long as it remains a private venture, then it should be fine in a developing GA Asian market.. However, once the inevitable takes hold, and the government forces state ownership, then Guanyi will falter as all state owned companies do..

But it looks like a Cessna 400.. Copy cat's..

Posted by: Tom O'Toole | October 7, 2018 8:14 PM    Report this comment

More like a 160hp "improved" Cessna 300. Hopefully at $140K fob Long Beach CA. Sell millions of them birds.

Posted by: Rafael Sierra | October 8, 2018 10:16 PM    Report this comment

Especially if they "fit" within the confines of the "new" LSA rules, Raf

150 kts, 800 mile range and 8gph from an O-320 ...that'd work for me ... EXCEPT where it's built

Posted by: Larry Stencel | October 9, 2018 12:45 AM    Report this comment

You don't want to buy a Chinese airplane, you just don't.

Posted by: Tom Cooke | October 9, 2018 4:30 AM    Report this comment

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