Two-seater aircraft built by Hong Kong pilot and students takes off to journey over 25 countries
Hong Kong’s first-ever homebuilt aircraft by Hong Kong pilot and students was back in the city after its test flights after its flight certification was granted last November, it took off from Hong Kong International Airport to begins a world world tour across 25 countries on 28 Aug.
For 8 years, B-KOO Inspiration, the kit-built RV-8 two-seater single-propeller aircraft designed by Van’s Aircraft Inc. as one of the most popular amateur-built planes, was built and tested adhering to stringent construction and operational standards by team “Inspiration”, led by Cathay Pacific Pacific pilot Hank Cheng in associate with groups of secondary school students from St. Paul’s Convent School and engineers from Cathay Pacific and Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company Limited (HAECO).
Aug 29, 2016 2:21pm
HK-built aircraft takes off for round-the-world voyage
Hong Kong’s first homegrown aircraft certified to fly by civilian aviation authorities is well into a round-the-world flight.
B-KOO Inspiration took off Sunday from Hong Kong airport to Clark International Airport in the Philippines, the first leg of a three-month journey, am730 reports.
It will visit 25 countries including Australia, the United States, Britain and Italy, landing in 50 airports on a 55,000-kilometer adventure.
Hank Cheng, who built the two-seater, single-engine plane, thanked his family and well-wishers before getting into cockpit with co-pilot Gary Tat for its maiden flight.
Cheng, said his wife, eight-year-old daughter and six-year-old son, were his main motivation in undertaking the eight-year project.
He praised them for their understanding during the difficult build and for sharing his childhood dream.
- Where is BKOO Inspiration? Check the flight tracker
- Hong Kong’s first homebuilt and registered aircraft takes off (Nov 15, 2015) – Press Release by Hong Kong Cathy Pacific Airways