Dreamful Chinese Aviators Taking Baby Steps Toward the Sky
June 23, 2011 – We’ve been hearing a lot lately about the expansion of China’s aviation industry, from manufacturing GA airplanes there to opening up more airspace to fly them. Then there are the dreamers: Chinese citizens who yearn to fly and, absent any other way to do so, take matters into their own hands. Such is the case with Liu Chun Sheng, a 40-year-old factory worker from Guangzhou, Jiangsu Province, who has made a single-place, twin-engine, tilt-rotor, amphibious airplane from scratch.
He’s been working on the project for three years, welding stainless steel pipe together for the frame and covering it with red and white painted aluminum. According to a Web report on micgadget.com, Liu got the idea for the airplane from an undisclosed aviation magazine. The two unidentified engines were said to be 100 hp each.
Although “Mr. Liu” has a passion for flight, the story notes, “The passion did not bring him success...the seaplane body can leave the water a few seconds while he had dozens of flight tests, but failed to fly up in the sky.”
The main issue as to why it has not flown other than getting off the water briefly, Liu claims, is because the propeller length is too short. If they were extended to 1.6 meters, he figures that should be enough to lift the aircraft, which weighs 250 kilograms.
Liu plans to keep at it though, believing he can “fly up in the sky with continuous improvement.”
Perhaps another inspiration to Liu is another homebuilder, Peng, who has made more than 500 success flights with his self-made seaplane that was 6 years and more than $23,000 in the making.
This video shows Peng’s aircraft in flight. Near the end, the builder/pilot tells all aircraft enthusiasts that “Do not give up your dream to fly in the sky!” according to the website.
Further, a retired factory worker in China spent 106 days to build what appears to be a motorbike with a wing on it. The unidentified man said he doesn’t care whether it can work well but he is satisfied with what he had achieved so far.