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China’s domestically built AG60E electric aircraft makes first flight

China's domestically built AG60E electric aircraft makes first flight

In a historic milestone, the China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Corporation declared the successful maiden flight of the AG60E electric aircraft, a self-developed iteration based on the AG60 model. The noteworthy event took place at Jiande Qiandaohu Airport in Zhejiang Province, East China, on Wednesday. Marking a pivotal moment in the country’s pursuit of sustainable aviation.

The development team responsible for this milestone undertook a comprehensive range of tasks, from meticulously selecting the motor, electronic control system, and power battery, to conducting rigorous testing and verification of the electric propulsion system integration. Additionally, they focused on aircraft safety and airworthiness compliance, ensuring that the AG60E met the highest standards of performance and reliability.

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The AG60E is the transformed version of the AG60 light sport aircraft, embodying a strategic shift towards low-altitude electric aviation. With a length of 6.9 meters, a wing span of 8.6 meters, and a ceiling of 3,600 meters, the AG60E boasts impressive specifications. It can cover a range of 1,100 kilometers, achieving a maximum level flight speed of 218 kilometers per hour.

More than a technical upgrade, the electrification of the AG60 into the AG60E represents a strategic move that propels the low-altitude economy into a new era. The success of the AG60E’s maiden flight serves as a testament to the significant strides made in electric aviation technology. It underscores the immense potential of electric aircraft to revolutionize the travel industry by providing cleaner, quieter, and more sustainable alternatives to conventional airplanes.

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