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Beyond military and space aircraft, civil technologies shine at Airshow China
   2016-11-05 18:14:23    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Fei Fei

Beyond impressive fly-by's by military aircraft, digital flight systems, affordable means of air travel and the latest drones are also exciting visitors to this year's Airshow China.

Various Chinese unmanned aerial vehicles showcased at the show, for example, will bring intensified competition to the global drone market.

China Electronics Technology Group Corporation unveiled China's first test prototype of fixed-wing UAV cluster here.

This implements the principle validation of a 67 fixed-wing UAV cluster, breaking the world record for the 50 fixed-wing UAV cluster maintained by the U.S. Navy.

Aero-Starloop, a private Chinese UAV company, is presenting its latest product; an unmanned helicopter with a turbine shaft engine.

The craft can be loaded with 65 kilograms of weight and fly at a speed of 185 kilometres per hour.

The manufacturer says it is by far the largest turbine shaft unmanned helicopter in the world.

A model of MA700 [Photo: fyjs.cn]

At the same time, the Aviation Industry Corporation of China presents a flight simulation of its newly developed MA700 - a twin-engine, medium-range turboprop airliner, which is due to make its maiden flight next year.

Through the big screen at the front, visitors seated in the simulated cockpit can experience the mechanics and movement as pilots do.

"It's fantastic, very, very smooth, very easy and the aircraft does exactly what you expect it to do¡±, said one of the visitors.

AVIC is also displaying an integrated flight operation system, which organizes various applications together, to create different user interfaces to meet all kinds of task demands from pilots and ground commanders.

Li Xiaodong, product manager of the Flight-I-Deck system, compares the platform to mobile applications.

He said: ¡°This platform can encapsulate various task modules and their relevant logistics into application programs, just like the relations between the operations system and the applications of a mobile phone. Through different combinations of the applications, we can finish various configurations of the human-computer interface so as to realize the maximum usage of the resources."

The bi-annual Zhuhai Airshow is set to wrap up this Sunday.

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