December 10, 2009
By Alton K. Marsh
China is benefitting from American aviation companies at all levels. Chinese citizen XueQiang Si is building a Sportsman 2+2 at Glasair’s Two Weeks To Taxi program and plans to base it in the city of Laiwu in China’s Shandong Province.
XueQiang Si said that he believes his Sportsman will be the first experimental category aircraft to fly in the People’s Republic of China. “There is no homebuilt category in China yet,” XueQiang Si said. “I will fly it with an ‘N’ number first.”
“It was perfect for me because I not only saved so much time in building the aircraft, I also learned what I need to know to maintain my Sportsman,” XueQiang Si said.
Glasair’s Two Weeks to Taxi program complies with the FAA’s new 51-percent rules, allowing customers to build the high-wing four-seat Sportsman with guidance from factory mechanics. Builders can select several choices of engines and a variety of instruments for their panels.
XueQiang Si’s Sportsman will feature Advanced Flight System LCD glass screens with synthetic vision and a VP-200 Climate Control System.
AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Alton Marsh has been a pilot since 1970 and has an airline transport pilot certificate and instrument and multiengine flight instructor certificates, aerobatic training, and a commercial seaplane certificate.
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