Zenith recently shipped its 45th kit for a STOL CH 750 to China.
Once they arrive in China, AGRHA Corporation, which operates kit assembly facilities in Nantong, Jiuangsu, Chongqing, Mianyang, Sichuan, Shenyang, Liaoning and Beijing, assembles the Zenith kits on a production line. They are then test flown and tweaked before delivery, company officials note.
Plans are to send them to flight schools around the country.
Many flight training operations are taking place in areas where there are no airports. Occasionally, a bulldozer is used to clear a strip that is uneven and left covered with rocks or dirt. What might prove damaging to certificated aircraft is not an issue for a Zenith, which is designed for utility applications and is well-suited for “off airport” operations, officials said.
“They haven’t yet produced a lot of Part 23 Aircraft in China, but they have responded very quickly to working with complete kits,” said Zenith President Sebastien Heintz. “The key here is a tricycle gear that’s rugged and reliable. The slow landing speeds and excellent visibility make the 750 an ideal machine for flight training. We’re also quite pleased to be doing our part for the balance of trade. This is strictly an export operation.”
The Chinese have posted a short video on YouTube that shows the facility being used in Nantong. The factory uses a highway for takeoffs and landings.
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