About Us

Led by Cathay Pacific pilot Hank Cheng, and with support from the Inspiration team, the first-ever homebuilt aircraft certified to fly under Hong Kong registration - B-KOO Inspiration - took off from Hong Kong International Airport for the first time on 15 November 2015, marking an exciting moment for Hong Kong aviation.

Growing up in Hong Kong, Hank Cheng had always dreamed of building his own aircraft locally and flying it around the world. Part of his dream has become a reality, along the way involving hundreds of local students and many engineers and pilots from Cathay Pacific. The kit-built RV-8 single-engine aircraft was designed by Van’s Aircraft Inc, and is one of the most popular amateur-built planes with an excellent safety record.

For seven years, Hank Cheng worked closely with groups of secondary school students from St. Paul’s Convent School and engineers from Cathay Pacific and Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company Limited (HAECO) to construct the aircraft. The Inspiration team had to adhere to stringent construction and operational standards. The operational certification, pre-flight testing and risk assessments were all fully documented by the team to demonstrate the airworthiness of “Inspiration” and ensure its safe operations.

After 7 years of aircraft building and 40 hours of flight tests in Australia in the 8th year, Inspiration has come back to Hong Kong to prepare for the 3-month Inspiration RTW journey from August to November 2016. Starting and ending in Hong Kong, Inspiration will fly across all meridians, most latitudes outside the Arctic and Antarctic circles, covering approximately 55,000km. Inspiration will stop in around 50 airports of 25 countries*, including Australia, USA, Great Britain, Italy and many more!

Vision and Mission

Vision

 

To promote aviation by building and flying the first amateur-built aircraft in Hong Kong

 

Mission

 

  • Build and certify the first amateur-built aircraft in Hong Kong by local students and aviation enthusiasts;

  • To be the first Hong Kong registered amateur-built aircraft to take flight under Hong Kong airspace;

  • Circumnavigate the aircraft to promote the spirit of Hong Kong; and

  • Educate and inspire the Hong Kong public’s interest in aviation.

Our Team

Hank

Pilot

The project founder, Hank Cheng, is a local airline captain with a dream of building an aircraft, and fly it around the world to represent Hong Kong.

Gary

Aircraft Engineer

Gary Tat, an Aircraft Engineer, share the same dream of building and certifying an aircraft in Hong Kong.

Also in the team

Engineers Crystal Tse, Geoffrey Hung, Sally Wong and Wingwing Cheung, Associate Engineer Ken Cheng gave up a lot of their personal time for the project over the last four to five years.

 

Engineer Donald Ip, Graduate Engineers Alex Lo, Kelvin Chan and Michelle Lee, Kelvin Lam, Benjamin Lee and Cyril Li have been actively involved for the past one to two years.

Business Specialist Alex Cheung and Systems Specialist Ryan Yeung have been our Web and Social Network Administrators since early 2016.

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The Aircraft

 
 
 

The aircraft for our RTW journey is a Van’s RV8 aircraft (http://www.vansaircraft.com).  Originally designed in 1996, it was fully built and flown in Hong Kong in 2015.  While there are more than 9000 RV in the world, this is the first Hong Kong registered homebuilt aircraft.  From aircraft equipment to our paint scheme, the aircraft was built with the round the world journey in mind.

 

Avionics

The aircraft is equipped with state of the art avionics to support our long distance across the globe.  The aircraft is fitted with dual Dynon Skyview Touch EFIS displays and autopilot as our primary flight instrument, with worldwide navigation database by Jeppesen.   

 

Engine and Propeller

Our engine is a Titan IOX360 180hp piston engine, with a custom made propeller, made by Catto Propeller.  The propeller is a wood/composite fixed pitch propeller, it’s lightweight and its design to yield best fuel economy in cruise.

 

Crew Comfort

Our seats are custom made for the RV8 aircraft by Oregon Aero.  The seats are made with high quality flame resistance material while providing maximum comfort for the long flight around the world.

© 2016 by Inspiration Team.

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