China is about to put the all-electric Liaoning RX1E two-seat training aircraft into production, having increased the aircraft’s endurance.
The latest prototype, the RX1E-A, recently made its first flight, according to the China Daily website, with a flight time of two hours, up from about 45 minutes. It has a maximum takeoff weight of 600kg and a cruise speed of up to 160 kilometres per hour (100mph).
Each hour of flight will cost only 10 yuan (£1.15) for battery charging, according to Xiang Song, a designer working on the RX1E-A.
“Flying this plane is like driving my Volkswagen sedan. It is so easy to control that even a beginner can handle the machine,” said Chen Zhanwei, the test pilot.
Expected price of the RX1E-A is 1 million yuan (£115,000).
The RX1E, was launched by Sinyang Aviation University in 2012, and has been exhibited at Europe’s GA show, Aero Friedrichshafen.