China's ‘Cessna’: first private-firm airplane

In Nanchang, capital of East China's Jiangxi province, China's first aircraft independently developed by a private company has made a successful maiden flight. The Guanyi GA20 was developed and manufactured in Nanchang High-tech Zone. 

The Guanyi GA20 is a single-engine propeller-driven aircraft, much like the Cessna’s that fly all over the world. It is a fixed wing four-seat civil utility aircraft, whose intellectual property is independently owned by a private enterprise Guanyi Aero. The plane has an overall length of 8.1 meters and a wingspan of 9.4 meters. According to the chief engineer, the fuel-efficient aircraft has a maximum range of 1,200 km, and maximum speed of 360 km per hour. 

China Daily reports that, during the 26-minute maiden flight, the plane ascended to a height of about 300 meters, made a number of routine tests and landed. It took Guanyi four years to develop the aircraft. The private company plans an annual output of 200 by 2022. 

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