China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Corporation has tested the first electric aircraft named AG60E at Jiande Qiandaohu Airport in Zhejiang Province.
This week saw the successful completion of the inaugural flight by China’s first domestically built electric aircraft, according to reports released by the national media on Friday.
China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Corporation’s AG60E aircraft made its debut on Wednesday at Jiande Qiandaohu Airport in Zhejiang Province, east of China. It completed a brief test flight before landing at the same airfield, according to China Daily, which cited the manufacturer.
The AG60E is a lightweight, all-metal, side-by-side, two-seat, single-engine aircraft that has been electrically modified from the AG60. The AG60 was created for recreational uses, including aerial sightseeing, agricultural surveys, and flight instruction.
Xinhua reports that the AG60E has a maximum cruising speed of 185 kph, a wingspan of 8.6 meters, and a total length of 6.9 meters. The firm told the source that the creation of an electric variant of the fixed-wing aircraft is a significant step forward for a developing sector.
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