China’s general airplane flies into African market – Xinhua

BEIJING, June 11 (Xinhua) — The LE500, the first Chinese general plane model to enter the African market, has completed a successful first flight in South Africa, China’s Aviation Industry Corporation (AVIC) said Monday.

Two LE500 planes, dubbed Little Eagle 500 in Chinese, have successfully conducted their first flights at a pilot training school in South Africa, said the state-owned aviation giant.

They will soon enter the local general aviation market as the standard for pilot training and other general aviation missions. This is the first time that a Chinese-developed general aircraft model has entered the African market.

The LE500 is a 4-to-5 seat plane developed by the AVIC General Aircraft Company (AVIC GENERAL). It is China’s first domestically-developed light versatile aircraft to…

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