EVA magazine is currently reporting from ABACE 2018 in Shanghai. The Spring weather in East China is as bright as the future of general and business aviation according to some speaking on the current progress of growth in the country.
Speaking on recent changes that have spurred growth in the market, business leaders remarked that changes in government policy has led business aviation in China to flourish.
One leader discussed a number of policy changes just last year which signified a “loosening of control” on aviation by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). The leader stated that the CAAC had changed its “mind-set” on business aviation and has changed policies to fully support the sector.
Some of the policy changes that were referenced were the simplification of procedures for repair companies and for general aviation airports, allowing them to complete business as they wish. The CAAC is also said to be championing more streamlining and delegation when it comes to business aviation.
The CAAC is also promoting public consultation with regards to aviation and tourism. It is also promoting the hiring of many pilots and flight crew, actively simplifying the process of applying for the positions needed.
Alongside hiring new employees to support the growth of business aviation, the CAAC is also keeping a close eye on infrastructure in the sector, ensuring that it can meet the demand.
NBAA chief executive officer and chairman, Ed Bolen, speaking on the positive growth in China, stated that there was an “electricity and excitement” in the air as 2018 began.
He discussed how ABACE was not just a trade show but also a platform and forum for government officials, enthusiasts and business leaders to share ideas. He concluded that it was very positive to see the Chinese government reacting well to the growth in the industry.