The FAA has approved the Shanghai Hawker Pacific FBO as a foreign repair station, allowing it to support U.S.-registered aircraft in China. The company applied for the approval just a few days before the FAA stopped taking applications on Aug. 3, 2008, due to the U.S. Transportation Security Administration’s failure to introduce security rules for such facilities.
“An increasingly prosperous population, an influx of multinational companies, relaxation of the low-altitude airspace rule and a string of growth stimulus expected from [new leaders] means there will be an unprecedented demand for business air travel in China,” Jackie Wu, president of Hong Kong-based business aviation consultancy Jetsolution, said last week at a luxury goods show in Xian, China.
Enstrom Helicopter announced late last week that it has been acquired by Chongqing Helicopter Investment Co. (CQHIC) for an undisclosed price. Chongqing is the fourth-largest metropolitan area in China. Menominee, Mich.-based Enstrom manufactures single-engine helicopters, including the 480B turbine and F28 piston series.
Air China and GA Telesis have agreed to establish an Asia-based integrated spare parts supplier in China. After almost a year of planning, the companies have respective top management approvals to move forward with the formation of GA Telesis China (GATC), a joint venture based in China. The enterprise claims it will be the first aircraft part-out business and integrated full-scale redistribution stock list based in China covering the entire Asian market.
This year we could finally find out whether China will fully realize its potential as the world’s most dynamic new market for business aviation. For all the high-octane speculation about growth in China, 2011 closed with fewer than 200 business aircraft registered in the country and continuing difficulties in getting them imported and flying for the new jet-set in the People’s Republic.
Russian Helicopters has received an order from Ordos City, China, for a firefighting variant of the Kamov Ka-32A11BC. The helicopter will be equipped with the Simplex firefighting system, a horizontal water cannon and the VSU-5 water-dumping system. Delivery is planned for next September.
Avic unveiled the Y-12F Aircar 19-seat twin turboprop, an upgrade from the Y-12E with a glass cockpit and retractable landing gear. The cockpit is fitted with Honeywell Apex avionics; Pratt & Whitney Canada is supplying 1,100-shp PT6A-65B turboprops.
At the NBAA Convention this week in Las Vegas, one word has been repeated by OEMs, analysts, consultants and others alike: China. China seems to be the golden land–the new “Wild East” set to save the general and business aviation industry from oblivion.
Sino Swearingen, which is preparing to start deliveries this year of the SJ30-2 light jet, last week fired its president, Carl Chen, who immediately sued the company for breach of contract and damages from alleged slander “with malice” by current chairman and CEO Ching-Chiang Kuo.
As Sino Swearingen prepares to shift from flight-testing to full-scale production of the SJ30-2, it has also shifted the CEO title from company president Carl Chen to chairman Ching-Chiang Kuo. Before joining Sino Swearingen, Kuo was responsible for public construction projects through-out Taiwan. But he’s no stranger to the aerospace industry.
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