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Chinese Aerospace at Oshkosh

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The Chinese presence at Oshkosh, the world’s premiere general aviation event, consisted primarily of two aircraft: the Cessna 162 Skycatcher and the Yuneeq electric airplanes. The Skycatcher was approved by the FAA in the Light Sport category last year. However, only eight examples have been produced in the Shenyang factory. So far it is not a great example of the power of Chinese manufacturing applied to light aircraft, though some of the delay in production may be due to problems with the aircraft’s spin characteristics.

The Yuneec E430 got a lot more attention. It might be fairer to call it a one-seat motorglider rather than an airplane, but it has substantial range and points toward electric airplanes with a lot of practical value, e.g., for flight training. Since the Chinese are the world leaders in battery manufacturing they presumably should have a good chance in becoming the world leaders in electric aircraft (though with the Solar Impulse, the Europeans are also doing some very interesting stuff).

Air to air photos: flying the helicopter around Boston

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Jon Davison came over from Australia back in September.  He is doing a book on Robinson helicopter operators worldwide and was kind enough to take some air-to-air photos of N404WT, our first R44, flying over various sights in the Boston area.  Enjoy the slide show.

[Tech details for my photo.net readers:  Jon was using his Nikon D200 and Sigma 28-200, $240, the kind of superzoom that I have always told photo.net readers not to buy. http://photo.net/learn/aerial/primer shows some images taken with standard Canon lenses (taken by me when I wasn't busy flying the helicopter in formation).]

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