CHINA Farmer-turned pilot passionate about promoting air sports

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Farmer-turned pilot passionate about promoting air sports

Xinhua

08:56, June 24, 2018

Liu Yibing checks a powered hang glider before taking off at his aero club in Helan county of Yinchuan city, Northwest China's Ningxia Hui autonomous region, June 21, 2018. [Photo/Xinhua]

Liu Yibing, 46, was born in a peasant family. At the age of 17, he was inspired to make a super-light plane by himself after reading an aviation magazine.

He spent all his spare time on research and self-study for assembling planes after finishing fieldwork. He successfully obtained a license through the national aviation department and made his maiden flight in 1996.

Liu Yibing flies a powered hang glider at his aero club in Helan county of Yinchuan city, Northwest China's Ningxia Hui autonomous region, June 21, 2018. [Photo/Xinhua]

Liu participated in dozens of flight competitions and began to engage in business attempts since then.

In 2010, Liu established an aero club in Helan county. Now, as a coach of powered hang glider, he wants to share his experience from a farmer to a professional pilot to more people and involve more aviation fans in the promotion of air sports.

Liu Yibing flies a powered hang glider at his aero club in Helan county of Yinchuan city, Northwest China's Ningxia Hui autonomous region, June 21, 2018. [Photo/Xinhua]

Liu Yibing cleans a powered hang glider at his aero club in Helan county of Yinchuan city, Northwest China's Ningxia Hui autonomous region, June 21, 2018. [Photo/Xinhua]

Liu Yibing cleans assembly part of a powered hang glider at his aero club in Helan county of Yinchuan city, Northwest China's Ningxia Hui autonomous region, June 21, 2018. [Photo/Xinhua]

Liu Yibing (L) and his son discuss about planes at his aero club in Helan county of Yinchuan city, Northwest China's Ningxia Hui autonomous region, June 21, 2018. [Photo/Xinhua]

Liu Yibing flies a powered hang glider at his aero club in Helan county of Yinchuan city, Northwest China's Ningxia Hui autonomous region, June 21, 2018. [Photo/Xinhua]

Liu Yibing (L) and his son discuss about planes at his aero club in Helan county of Yinchuan city, Northwest China's Ningxia Hui autonomous region, June 21, 2018. [Photo/Xinhua]

Liu Yibing opens the gate of a garage at his aero club in Helan county of Yinchuan city, Northwest China's Ningxia Hui autonomous region, June 21, 2018. [Photo/Xinhua]

Liu Yibing flies a powered hang glider at his aero club in Helan county of Yinchuan city, Northwest China's Ningxia Hui autonomous region, June 21, 2018. [Photo/Xinhua]

Liu Yibing shares his flight experience at his aero club in Helan county of Yinchuan city, Northwest China's Ningxia Hui autonomous region, June 20, 2018. [Photo/Xinhua]

Liu Yibing cleans a powered hang glider at his aero club in Helan county of Yinchuan city, Northwest China's Ningxia Hui autonomous region, June 20, 2018. [Photo/Xinhua]

File photo taken in 1996 shows that Liu Yibing poses for photos with the plane he made.

Liu Yibing checks a powered hang glider before taking off at his aero club in Helan county of Yinchuan city, Northwest China's Ningxia Hui autonomous region, June 21, 2018. [Photo/Xinhua]

Liu Yibing flies a powered hang glider at his aero club in Helan county of Yinchuan city, Northwest China's Ningxia Hui autonomous region, June 21, 2018. [Photo/Xinhua]

Liu Yibing puts on a helmet before taking off at his aero club in Helan county of Yinchuan city, Northwest China's Ningxia Hui autonomous region, June 21, 2018. [Photo/Xinhua]

Liu Yibing cleans a powered hang glider at his aero club in Helan county of Yinchuan city, Northwest China's Ningxia Hui autonomous region, June 21, 2018. [Photo/Xinhua]

File photo shows Liu Yibing flying a powered hang glider at sunrise.

 

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