The Civil Aviation Administration of China has given approval for the Pucheng industrial park in Xi’an, capital of Shaanxi, to open low-altitude airspace for general aviation between an airport and more than five scenic spots.
It is thought that resistance to opening up the airspace has come, understandably, from the People’s Liberation Army. (China is not the only country that has these sort of restrictions. In Australia, much of the wireless bandwidth is locked off from the public. It is, please believe me, locked off for use by taxis.)
Because of the height restrictions China had only 898 registered utility aircraft by the end of 2008 while the number in the United States is more than 220,000, according to Sun Cong, former head of Shenyang aircraft design and research institute.
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