As Made In China Piston Single Tests Its Wings
China's fledgling GA industry got off the ground in 2004 with the first flight of the Sky Car, a six-place low-wing with a price tag of about $450,000. The plane still hasn't been certified and project-managing Nanjing Light Aircraft says that without the paperwork it's been unable to generate any sales. "Over a dozen customers are interested and have intent to buy, but no contract yet," Nanjing spokeswoman Yu Enfeng told Flight International. "Without an airworthiness certificate we can't sign contracts with customers." (A novel concept.) Certification is expected in August. The aircraft was developed by the Nanjing Light Aircraft Company Limited and the Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (NUAA). It's built by the Hongdu Aviation Industry Group based in Nanchang, capital of east China's Jiangxi Province. Company specs give a 1,000 nm range at about 200 mph.