Committee Helping To Open Chinese Airspace to Genav

 - April 17, 2013, 8:08 AM

The General and Regional Aviation Committee of the U.S.-China Aviation Cooperation Program is set to deliver a key report to officials at China’s CAAC aviation authority officials next Wednesday about general aviation operations in China. It is expected to represent a key step in opening up lower airspace in the country.

According to the FAA, the U.S.-China Aviation Cooperation Program is a public-private partnership “designed to consolidate U.S. technical cooperation to promote aviation safety and efficiency in a collaborative manner with aviation interests in foreign countries.”

Paul Fiduccia, executive director of government affairs and international cooperation for CAIGA-owned Cirrus Aircraft, is chairman of the committee, which includes representatives from aircraft manufacturers Cessna Aircraft and Gulfstream Aerospace and avionics manufacturer Honeywell.

According to Fiduccia, there are four key area that the committee report will cover: low-altitude airspace design and management; how to establish and regulate a flight service station system (which disseminates weather and flight operations information); appropriate ways to regulate FBOs; and how to regulate regional airlines.

“We’ve been working on this report for the past two years,” he said. This report will be the third that the committee has delivered since the first one was completed in 2008.