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CAAC Forum Celebrates General Aviation Progress in China

 - April 17, 2018, 11:10 AM
Huaiyu Jiang, director general of the CAAC East China Regional Administration, said opportunities in Chinese general aviation are looking good. (Photo: David McIntosh/AIN)

Huaiyu Jiang, director general of the CAAC East China Regional Administration, highlighted some welcome developments in Chinese general aviation, which includes business aviation, today during the CAAC Forum at ABACE 2018. The CAAC Forum, held every year at ABACE, provides a venue for government and industry officials to summarize progress in development of general aviation in China and to cement the bonds between civilian and government aviation personnel.

This year, Huaiyu spoke about loosened controls and simplified procedures, which he said are facilitating growth in general aviation pilot populations, maintenance operations, charter and aircraft management businesses, and airports. “This will boost the supply of general aviation as a public utility,” he added, while new loosening of airspace restrictions in eastern China will accelerate the growth of general aviation. “What we need to do now is fully prepare, and a good opportunity will be awaiting us.”

“This is the best opportunity,” said Jason Liao, chairman and CEO of China Business Aviation Group. “If you’re interested, this is the right time to come in [to China] as a business operator.”

Ed Bolen, president and CEO of ABACE co-organizer National Business Aviation Association, celebrated the success of this year's event at the forum. “I feel the energy and excitement in the large crowds,” he said. “ABACE 2018 is clearly a success. We come together and share our vision and ignite each others’ passion.”