[photopress:private_aircraft.jpg,full,alignright]On July 22, the first private aircraft shop was opened in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, with mainly planes and helicopters in its major stock. Currently, there are more than 10 private planes in Zhejiang Province, while the national figure is no more than 100.
Li Shurong, a financial analyst said, ‘There is a huge demand for private aircraft in China. Thus a great many capable pilots and technicians and related regulations will be needed to guarantee the healthy development of the industry.
‘It is normal to witness the booming of private aircraft, as nowadays a helicopter is no more expensive than a BMW. However, we don’t have related laws and regulations, thus many enterprises are still biding their time.’
Currently, many enterprises are already using private aircraft. It requires about two weeks to apply for the opening of a private airline which is one way around the regulations.
According to the latest data, there are 200 Chinese with private aircraft driving licenses, including owners of small and medium-sized enterprises, ordinary workers and college students. This will change as China’s ability to manufacture aircraft increases and more air space is freed. At the moment much of it, the majority, is under the direct control of the PLA and until that changes to a significant degree general aviation will be difficult. But eventually it will happen. China is a country designed for general aviation.
Source: China News.cn