A Chinese four-seater prototype aircraft, the first general aviation model independently developed in China to be powered by a hydrogen internal combustion engine, completed its maiden flight in Shenyang, Liaoning province, on Monday.
According to Xu Xiaoben, who served as the test pilot, the aircraft, when at a flight altitude of 200 meters, has sufficient power and an acceptable level of vibration, while producing good performance. At 8 meters long, the plane reaches a cruising speed of 180 kilometers per hour.
With growing attention to clean energy and stricter control of carbon emissions in industry, aircraft using hydrogen fuel will be more favored in the future, according to Sun Xiaoping, chief technician at the Liaoning General Aviation Academy.
This is the first general aviation model independently developed in China to be powered by a hydrogen internal combustion engine.