L7 / CJ-7 / [JL-7?] Baby Eagle - Trainer Aircraft
The first domestically-made L7 model trainer aircraft debuted in the the Eighth China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition, which is also known as Airshow China 2010. The L7 is a newly-designed sport and training aircraft model made by the Hong Du Aviation Industry Group, a huge backbone enterprise subordinated to the China Aviation Industry Corporation. It is used for pilot selection and primary training in air forces as well as for civil aviation clubs. The aircraft cabin has a digital integrated screen, an emergency ejection system and a comfortable cockpit in line with international practice. All of the technical indicators of the L7 model were further improved over the previously-made CL-6 model.
The L7 aircraft project was approved by the National Defense Commission in 2007 and a prototype was displayed at Airshow China 2008. The detailed design of the L7 aircraft was completed in March of this year to start full trial. The first L7 aircraft was unveiled during the air show, which lasted from Nov. 16 to Nov. 21, after the assembly and painting was completed.