Shenyang was founded in 1951 as a civilian and military aircraft manufacturer and its 16,000 employees do work for many major aerospace firms, including Boeing and Airbus. The flat glass avionics system in the 162 will be built by Garmin, and the engine is a new version of the venerable 100 horsepower Continental O-200D. The 162 is built from aluminum using conventional construction techniques. To remain in the LSA category limits, the 162 will have a maximum takeoff weight of 1,320 pounds, top cruise speed of 118 knots and be approved for VFR day and night operations. The prototype is expected to fly in Kansas in the first half of this year, and deliveries are scheduled to begin in the second half of 2009.