Date
20 September 2017
Hank Cheng (standing) will test-fly his plane early next year. Photo: am730
Hank Cheng (standing) will test-fly his plane early next year. Photo: am730

Hong Kong’s first self-assembled plane ready for test flight

The first self-assembled airplane in Hong Kong is ready to take off.

The single-engine, two-seater RV-8 has secured approval from the Civil Aviation Department to conduct test flights early next year, am730 reported on Wednesday. The initial test flight will only take about four minutes.

The model, assembled by amateur plane maker Hank Cheng, can fly at the top speed of 360 kilometers per hour. 

Cheng started the project in 2008. He bought the parts from overseas for nearly HK$2 million (US$258,000) and assembled them in Hong Kong. It’s now about 80 percent complete.

The airplane, 21 feet long and 24 feet wide, is currently parked at a maintenance zone of Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering at the Chek Lap Kok airport.

After the test flight, the next step would be fly it around the Northern Hemisphere for 90 days with more than 50 stops, including China, Russia and India, Cheng said. He plans to do that in 2016.

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