Wei Chen Becomes First Person to Fly a Single-Engine Aircraft Across China
July 7, 2011 – Wei Chen, an entrepreneur in Memphis, Tennessee, is attempting to become the first Chinese National to fly around the world and has arrived in his hometown of Changsha in southeast China. Chen first stopped in Hong Kong over the weekend and then crossed to the mainland Wednesday, which marks the first time an around-the-world flight has used Chinese airspace.
Chen departed Memphis on May 22 and has been flying eastward around the globe in his TBM 700, a trip that will touch 40 cities in 21 countries over the span of 70 days. He will make several more stops in China, including Beijing, before proceeding to Russia. His flight will wrap up in Memphis on July 30 with a stop prior to that on July 26 in Oshkosh during AirVenture 2011. EAA Radio’s Fareed Guyot talked with Chen about his flight, which he hopes will help the effort to promote GA to the emerging middle class in China.