Chinese electric-powered light aircraft certified
The Rui Xiang (RX1E), the first electric-powered light aircraft manufactured in China, has been certified by China’s Civil Aviation Authority. The aircraft underwent testing at an airport in northeast China’s Liaoning Province in mid-October.
Designed to offer a low-cost, energy saving option for flight operations, the aircraft is made of a carbon fibre composite material and is powered by an electric motor which runs on lithium batteries.
The battery takes 90 minutes to recharge at a cost of roughly 50 pence, according to Liaoning General Aviation Academy, which manufactures the aircraft in Shenyang.
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