The Chao Report - A Status Report of Aviation in China - June 2017

 

2017 SICHUAN AIRSHOW

The 2017 Sichuan International Aerospace Exhibition 2017 will be held from September 29th to October 3rd at the Chinese Civil Aviation Flight University in Deyang City. The two venues for this year’s airshow will be the Guanghan Airport and the Deyang International Exhibition Center. This year’s guest nation of honor is the Czech Republic.

 

94 NEW GA AIRCRAFT ENTERED SERVICE IN CHINA IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 2017

Over the first quarter of 2017, 48 GA companies in China added a total of 94 new GA aircraft to their fleets.

The five GA enterprises that added the most aircraft respectively were Shanghai Jinhui General Aviation with seven aircraft, Hubei Blue Sky International Flight School with five, Hebei Yuannan General Aviation with five, Chongqing General Aviation with four, and Shanghai Xiaoxiang General Aviation Service Company with four.

The 94 new aircraft added in the first quarter of 2017 were made up of 33 different models. The top five most popular aircraft were the Robinson R44, Eurocopter AS350 b3, Cessna 172, AVIC Hongguang HG2 and Augusta AW 119 kx. The R44 was by far the most popular with 17 aircraft introduces. The AS350, Cessna 172, and AVIV Hongguang HG2 all tied with eight aircraft each. Seven AW119s were introduced.

 

MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT: OPEN UP GA AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE PROJECTS TO FOREIGN COOPERATION AND INVESTMENT

 The 6th Supplement to the “Regulations on Foreign Investment in Civil Aviation” was released on November 21st, 2016 and was put into effect on May 1st of this year.

In special economic zones like Shanghai, foreign companies or businesspeople are now permitted to freely set up aviation transport and sales franchises. These include aviation parts warehouses, ground services, catering, and parking projects. The document also relaxes restrictions on foreign investment in Chinese GA maintenance projects, and gets rid of certain contractual limitations on foreign investors.   

The first Sino-European Aviation Safety Conference has taken place. The meeting was arranged between the Civil Aviation Administration of China and EASA, and discussions revolved around the deepening of Sino-European ties in aviation safety and advancing the development of new aviation safety standards.

At the meeting, CAAC bureau chief Feng Zhenglin outlined 5 areas in which he hoped China and Europe could deepen cooperation: The first was innovation in safety regulatory models, including cooperation in exploring performance-based regulatory systems and risk-based security regulatory systems to enhance the level of safety supervision; the second was the development of airworthiness validation technology and policy research, airworthiness validation management systems, Light and small aircraft airworthiness management, airworthiness certification personnel training and team building and more. Third was strengthening air traffic control capabilities to enhance airspace planning, capacity assessment, flight traffic management, new technology research and developments and applications of air traffic control personnel training. The fourth was increasing cooperation in promoting the development of general aviation, navigation services, infrastructure construction, personnel training, safety supervision, and market management. The fifth was increasing cooperation in carrying out scientific and technological innovation, with both sides cultivating high level professional and technical personnel and high-quality comprehensive management personnel.

Currently, China has signed bilateral air transport agreements with 27 of the 28 member states of the EU and opened direct air routes with 15. Every week over 600 flights operate between China and Europe with over 8 million passengers transported in 2016, a 15% increase. Over 1400 Airbus aircraft are operated in China, nearly half the total number. 

 

2017 ZHENGZHOU AIRSHOW

On April 27th, the opening ceremony of the five-day-long Zhengzhou Airshow and annual stunt pilot awards took place at Shangjie Airport. Pilots from ten countries including America, England, France, Italy, Russia, and Spain made up the 14 stunt flight teams present at the shows. Over 40 stunt aircraft in total participated in the show.

 

AVIC AG600 COMPLETES TAXI TESTS

On April 29th, the AVIC AG600, a large indigenously-designed multirole firefighting and aerial rescue amphibious aircraft, performed its first ground taxi tests in Zhuhai, China. The successful tests pave the way for the eventual first flight of the aircraft. The first AG600 was rolled out of final assembly at the end of 2016, and went on to complete its systems and electronics checks, retrofitting tests, vibration tests, and more. The current taxi tests will be focused on leading up to the aircraft’s first flight.

 

GUANGDONG PROVINCE’S LATEST TRANSPORTATION PLANS INCLUDE NEW GA AIRPORTS

The Guangdong Development and Reform Commission and the Guangdong Provincial Transportation Office jointly published a document titled “Developing the Guangdong Comprehensive Transportation System over the 13th 5-Year Plan.”

The plan emphasized the vigorous development of general aviation, using current aviation infrastructure as a foundation. It outlined plans for diversified GA services throughout the province, including FBOs, flight service stations, and more. GA airports are planned to be built in in Guangzhou, Zhuhai, Shantou, Dongguan, Meizhou, Shanwei, Zhaoqing, Maoming, Jiangmen, Heyuan, Qingyuan and other cities. The Shenzhen Nantou Heliport will also be relocated.

 

BEIJING 999 ORDERS CHINA’S FIRST H145 AERIAL RESCUE HELICOPTER

On May 4th, Beijing 999 Rescue Center and Airbus Helicopters signed an agreement for the purchase of a single H145 Helicopter in Donauwörth, Germany. The winch-equipped helicopter will be China’s first specialized medical transport and aerial rescue H145. It is expected to be delivered in 2019.

Currently, Beijing 999 Rescue Center operates China’s first two specialized H135 aerial rescue helicopters, which provide medical transport and aerial rescue services to the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Region.

 

CHINA’S FIRST QUEST KODIAK 100 COMPLETES SKYDIVING CONVERSION

The General Administration of Sport of China Aviation Management Branch recently purchased four Quest Kodiak aircraft for use as skydiving aircraft. Currently, the first of these aircraft has undergone skydiving conversion, and has successfully completed its subsequent test flights and received a certificate of major modification approval from the CAAC. The skydiving aircraft will be operated in Henan Province. The other three aircraft are also scheduled for conversion before entering service. The Kodiak 100 is one of the latest single-engine turbine aircraft, and is manufactured in America by Quest Aircraft Company. In October 2013, the Kodiak 100 received its type certification from the CAAC, officially entering the Chinese market. 

 

 25 NEW AIRCRAFT ARE INTRODUCED TO CHINA BY 15 GA ENTERPRISES IN APRIL 2017

Of the 25 aircraft introduced in April, 13 were classified as light aircraft. These included the 4 Tecnam P2010, 4 Eurocopter AS350 b3, 3 Comco Ikarus C42E, 2 Sunwardtech Aurora SA60L, 2 Robinson R44II, 2 Gipps AeroGa8, and 2 Aero At-3R100.

Among the aircraft introduced in April, 21% were either Tecnam or Airbus Helicopter aircraft. Cessna and Ikarus made up 12%. Moreover, 13 aircraft were transferred into operation from other companies.  

 

YUNNAN PROVINCE’S 15TH AIRPORT BEGAN OPERATIONS ON MAY 26

According to Reports, Lancang Jingmai Airport in Pu’er city, which began construction in May 2015, underwent delivery expansion in late April this year and began operations on May 26th.

Lancang Jingmai Airport is located in Pu’er city, Yunnan Province in Southwestern China. It lies 415 kilometers from Kumning, 203 kilometers from downtown Pu’er, and 25 kilometers from the Lancang County Seat. The airport is intended to serve the three counties of Lancang, Menglian, and Ximeng, a combined population of 800,000 people. The airport is located 1,350 meters above sea level.

Lanceng Jingmai Airport is designed to accommodate an annual volume of 250,000 passengers and 750 tons of cargo by the year 2020. It is a category 4C civil regional airport. It has a single 2600 meter long by 45 meter wide runway and 4 parking bays. The terminal covers 3,000 square meters and features a 3,500 square meter parking lot as well as a 600 square foot ATC building and control tower. The airport can accommodate aircraft like the A320 and B737 series, and was built with an investment of over 1.5 billion yuan.

 

CHINA PUBLISHES NEW REGULATIONS FOR DRONE REGISTRATION

On May 16th, the CAAC released a document outlining new rules for the registration of personal drones and other UAVs in China. The regulations require owners of any unmanned aircraft larger than 250 grams purchased after June 1st, 2017 and operated within the PRC to enroll them in a registry.  For drones bought before this date, their owners must complete registration of their aircraft by August 31st, 2017.

According to the regulations, all drone operators who fail to register their aircraft according to the guidelines will be considered to be acting against the law.


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