The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has granted Part 145 maintenance approval to ExecuJet Haite Aviation Services China in a move that significantly boosts the country’s still limited maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) capability for business aircraft. The joint venture between Switzerland-based ExecuJet Aviation and Tianjin Haite is now cleared to provide support for most Bombardier executive jets.
Chinese domestic production of civil helicopters is set to grow, but not as quickly as the country’s authorities predict, according to a local market analyst. Matthieu Devoisselle, co-founder of Avia-Tek, a Shanghai-based aerospace consultancy firm specializing in emerging countries, regards government forecasts as unrealistic. But Chinese manufacturer Avicopter does have reason to be optimistic, he adds.
China’s CAAC certified the Avicopter AC311 light-single helicopter last Thursday. In announcing the approval, the Chinese helicopter manufacturer also released more performance numbers, including a 131-knot max cruise speed, four-hour maximum endurance and 335-nm maximum range.
The Avicopter AC311 light single-engine utility helicopter had its type certification “recommended” under China’s approval procedures last month. The Civil Aviation Administration of China’s (CAAC) type certification examination committee recommended issuance of the type certificate in a meeting held on May 4 in Beijing.
Ameco (Aircraft Maintenance and Engineering Corp) Beijing has added a third international customer to its Chongqing outstation. Earlier this month the MRO provider entered into a contract with Finnair to support the airline’s four-times-weekly A330 flight to the airport. Ameco Beijing’s Chongqing facility also supports Qatar Airways and TNT.
Performance-based navigation (PBN) flight paths, designed by General Electric Aviation, were validated last week at Jiuzhai Huanglong Airport (ZUJZ) in the Sichuan Province of China.
The rebirth of the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (Abace) in Shanghai was, by common consent, a resounding success–especially considering the many challenges that organizer NBAA faced in running a modern trade show in China’s main business city. The March 27-29 event drew 156 exhibitors in a 43,000-sq-ft space provided by Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Service Centre at Hongqiao Airport. The static display was populated by some 27 aircraft and was overlooked by eight exhibitor pavilions occupied by companies too large to exhibit inside the main hangar.
It’s been two years since Jetex Flight Support opened its new office in China to provide assistance both to the growing numbers of Chinese business aircraft operators and to visiting foreign aircraft.
With business aviation in China continuing its upward trajectory, life is getting somewhat more straightforward for this class of aircraft operators according to those most closely involved in trying to help them, namely flight planning and support companies.
China wants help developing a safe business aviation operating environment, Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) deputy administrator Xia Xinghua said today at the Abace opening session. “The CAAC sees the development of business aviation as a long-term strategic program. We can learn from our U.S. colleagues and mold the industry together.” U.S. DOT deputy secretary John Porcari said the Asian business aviation market will surpass that of Europe by 2030, and endorsed Xia’s comments.