GAMA Press Conference on Chinese Government Announcement
New Reliefs for General Aviation in CHINA
Washington, D.C. November 22, 2013. The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) today welcomed the announcement by the Chinese government that effective December 1st the requirement to obtain flight mission approval for many general aviation (GA) flights within China will be eliminated. It is in keeping with China’s plans to develop the general aviation industry as outlined in the 12th Five Year Plan and with the announcement in 2010 by the State Council and Central Military Commission on the deepening of low altitude airspace management reform.
GAMA President and CEO Pete Bunce stated, “We commend the government for taking this initial step and we look forward to the pending release of further regulations that more clearly define the altitudes specified for GA operations that will contribute to the growth of general aviation in China. General aviation has the opportunity to do in China what it does best: to link people and communities, provide emergency medical and disaster relief services and significantly contribute to the economic vitality of any nation.”
Under the new procedures, operators of GA flights are still required to file flight plans but no longer to obtain prior flight approval. However, GA operations in nine specific categories including border areas, prohibited zones, aerial photography over sensitive areas and various others will continue to require prior flight mission approval and the use of transponders.
“General aviation airplanes and helicopters are uniquely suited to bring the benefits of rapid access to medical care as well as economic growth and prosperity to more people and to do this effectively airspace and infrastructure are key enablers. GAMA will continue to offer its strong support for the continued reform of airspace and we look forward to further liberalization of altitude restrictions to accommodate growing demand, added Mr. Bunce.