Honeywell Aerospace has signed a cooperation agreement with China Electronics Technology Corp (CETC) to jointly work on various avionics programs. According to Briand Greer, the U.S. group’s president for the Asia Pacific region, the partnership will focus on technologies in which China’s Aviation Industry Corporation of China (Avic) does not currently have a strong position. For instance, CETC is supporting Honeywell in its work to introduce ground-based augmentation systems to improve China’s air traffic management (ATM) infrastructure.
In Greer’s view, inadequate ATM provision continues to be a big obstacle to further aviation growth in China, and especially to business aviation growth since this group of operators also faces problems in getting permission to access to airspace. In its latest Business Aviation Outlook report, Honeywell showed some decline in the rate of growth anticipated for the Asia Pacific region as a whole. However, in an Airshow China 2012 press conference, the company’s business analysis director Charles Parker said that China itself remains one of four so-called BRIC countries (also including Brazil, Russia and India) that have the highest purchase plans for business aircraft.