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Anyang’s annual air sports event thrills aviation enthusiasts

(Global Times)    09:27, June 10, 2019

Anyang, a city in Central China's Henan Province, is famous for holding an annual air sports event that started in 2009. It has been dubbed the "air sports capital" of China.

This year's event kicked off on June 3 with aviation enthusiasts from around the world staging thrilling performances at the opening ceremony.

A total of 15 aerobatic aircraft, six R-22 helicopters, 10 hot air balloons, 30 powered parachute groups and 20 drones took part in the performance.

Air sports is a general term that covers a range of aerial sporting activities, including aerobatics, aeromodeling, ballooning and drone racing.

Anyang has many advantages for developing its aviation industry. It has a national industrial zone for general aviation, and 4,420 square kilometers of flying area below 3,000 meters, which is suitable for flying all kinds of air vehicles.

Anyang also has the largest training base for air sports and aeroclub in China.

Experts said air sports has enjoyed rapid development in China in recent years, but also admitted that there are some challenges for its future development.

The shortage of general aviation aerodromes remains one big problem. Some aviation enthusiasts have to go to the US for training, which is more expensive. The weakness of the domestic general aviation industry also hinders the manufacturing of aviation products.

Authorities in China have taken efforts to boost the industry, including building more bases for aerobats.

(For the latest China news, Please follow People's Daily on Twitter and Facebook)(Web editor: Liang Jun, Bianji)

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