Jin Qiansheng, director of the managing committee of Xi’an Yanliang National Aviation Hi-Tech Industrial Base, said, "It means general aviation flights within the designated area no longer need to apply to the Air Force for permission," said
General aviation refers to flights other than military and scheduled airline flights. It includes civilian flights as well as rescue, offshore exploration and aerial photography. The project could open up the skies to private jets, helicopters and other aircraft.
Except for designated commercial routes, airspace over the Mainland is under the administration of the Air Force. General aviation planes and private jets have to apply for permission from the Air Force.