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Political advisor calls on developing general aviation with prudence


16:27, March 05, 2012

BEIJING, March 5 (Xinhua) -- A political advisor and inertia technology expert said Monday the growth of China's general aviation and the opening of low-altitude airspace are "imperative" but they should be developed prudently in terms of state security and air traffic safety.

"The number of China's aircraft in the general aviation field by 2020 will increase significantly," said Feng Peide, a member of the 11th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), the top political advisory body, adding that general aviation in China legs far behind its level in developed countries.

General aviation refers to flights other than military and scheduled airline and regular cargo flights, both private and commercial. General aviation flights are often carried out in airspace below 1,000 meters with helicopters and business airplanes.

Taking helicopters for instance, which are widely used in disaster relief and traffic accident rescues, China has only several hundred while the United States has almost 30,000, said Feng on the sidelines of the annual session of the CPPCC National Committee.

Together with other political advisors, Feng has made several suggestions on developing China's civil helicopters and business airplanes, and has seen much of his advice acted upon.

Since January, airspace below 1,000 meters in northeast, central and south China, as well as above six pilot cities, has been open to general aviation flights.

The development came after November 2010, when the State Council and the Central Military Commission jointly released an order to open up part of the country's low-altitude airspace for the first time.

"It's just a beginning," said Feng, adding that studies should be done into how to ensure state security and air traffic safety.

China's low-altitude airspace is controlled by the Air Force and the Civil Aviation Administration of China. Private flights are required to file for approval to fly in low-altitude airspace, a time-consuming and complicated procedure that has hampered demand for private flights.


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Fat-Chun Leung Ki at 2012-03-05188.61.105.*
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