It is testament to how seriously the China market takes its fledgling general-aviation industry that key players from the China Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) took to the stage for one of the conference sessions here at the ABACE show yesterday.
Civil Aviation Administration of China
This year’s Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (Abace) has been a real eye-opener for a Westerner whose last visit to China was in 2003. Shanghai, where Abace 2012 is being held (it ends on March 29) at host airport Hongqiao International, is a beautiful and huge city.
Commercial aviation is the biggest impediment to business aviation’s growth in Asia, according to Tay Tiang Guan, deputy director general of the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS). Speaking at the ABACE show conference session yesterday, Tay admitted that the rapid growth of the commercial aviation sector is taking the lion’s share of regulators’ attention and dominating airspace.
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.
China wants help developing a safe business-aviation operating environment, according to Xia Xinghua deputy administrator of the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).
ABACE show host Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Service Center (SHPBASC) has been approved by China’s Civil Aviation Administration (CAAC) to perform maintenance on Bombardier’s Global 5000 and ultra-long-range Global Express/XRS series of business jets. Shanghai Hawker Pacific is the first approved Part 145 facility in China.
The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has approved the Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Service Centre (SHPBASC) to add the Dassault Falcon 7X to its Part 145 Maintenance Organization approval. This is the first approval by the CAAC for the 7X in China, according to SHPBASC.
Fast-tracking development of China’s fledgling private aviation market is the main goal for the new China Business Jet Shanghai Alliance that Minsheng Financial Leasing Company (MSFL) announced yesterday at Abace. Crucially, the new body is led by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) and the first official Chinese organization to include 17 major business jet manufacturers.