Date
24 January 2017
Hank Cheng and Garty Tat (inset) say goodbye to well-wishers as they undertake the three-month, round-the-world flight on B-KOO Inspiration. Photos: Facebook/inspiration.bkoo
Hank Cheng and Garty Tat (inset) say goodbye to well-wishers as they undertake the three-month, round-the-world flight on B-KOO Inspiration. Photos: Facebook/inspiration.bkoo

HK-built aircraft takes off for round-the-world voyage

Hong Kong’s first homegrown aircraft certified to fly by civilian aviation authorities is well into a round-the-world flight.

B-KOO Inspiration took off Sunday from Hong Kong airport to Clark International Airport in the Philippines, the first leg of a three-month journey, am730 reports.

It will visit 25 countries including Australia, the United States, Britain and Italy, landing in 50 airports on a 55,000-kilometer adventure.

Hank Cheng, who built the two-seater, single-engine plane, thanked his family and well-wishers before getting into cockpit with co-pilot Gary Tat for its maiden flight.

Cheng, said his wife, eight-year-old daughter and six-year-old son, were his main motivation in undertaking the eight-year project.

He praised them for their understanding during the difficult build and for sharing his childhood dream.

Fans can use a flight tracker to monitor the duo’s progress.

How a young pilot turned his childhood dream into reality (Nov. 6, 2015)

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