Gen­eral avi­a­tion show to boost sec­tor growth in city

Fair pro­duced 29 deals worth $5.16 bil­lion, drew famed intl teams

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - ADVERTORIAL - By ZHUAN TI zhuanti@chi­nadaily.com.cn

The 2017 Guizhou An­shun Av i c l u b G e n e r a l Av i a t i o n Flight Car­ni­val is sched­uled to open on Fri­day and will last through the week­end.

Renowned teams will per­form aerial stunts at the air­show in An­shun, Guizhou prov­ince in South­west China, or­ga­niz­ers said at a news con­fer­ence in Bei­jing in early July.

Among the per­form­ers are the Avi­club Wasp team, which is renowned for its stunts of walk­ing on air­foils, a night flight show and aer­o­bat­ics; Bri­tain’s Global Stars team, who made their China de­but in Shang­hai in 2014; and the Free­dom to Fly team from New Zealand, three mem­bers of which have each flown more than 10 years.

Also on the agenda are avi­a­tion in­dus­trial fo­rums, an air­craft dis­play, an in­dus­trial ex­hi­bi­tion, re­lated tourism and cul­tural pro­mo­tions.

“The event will help to boost the growth of the host city’s gen­eral avi­a­tion sec­tor and fa­cil­i­tate the mil­i­tary-civil in­dus­trial in­te­gra­tion,” said Zeng Yong­tao, Party chief of An­shun.

Chen Xun­hua, mayor of the city, said An­shun has been serv­ing as a key na­tional avi­a­tion in­dus­try hub and a tra­di­tional base of the na­tional de­fense in­dus­try since the 1960s.

Its mus­cles in tra­di­tional mil­i­tary air­craft can be trans­formed into strength in de­vel­op­ing the gen­eral avi­a­tion in­dus­try, lo­cal pol­i­cy­mak­ers said.

The city boasts well-estab­lished in­dus­trial fa­cil­i­ties and a wealth of avi­a­tion busi­nesses over 50 years of de­vel­op­ment, rang­ing from air­craft, en­gines and com­po­nents’ re­search and de­vel­op­ment to pro­duc­tion, tests, op­er­a­tion and main­te­nance, Chen said.

An­shun is home to more than 40 re­search in­sti­tutes, man­u­fac­tur­ers and ser­vice providers in the in­dustr y, in­clud­ing Guizhou Avi­a­tion In­dus­try Group, an ex­pert in pi­lot­less air­craft.

At a gen­eral avi­a­tion in­vest­ment pro­mo­tional event in early March, 29 deals worth a to­tal of 34.95 bil­lion yuan ($5.16 bil­lion) were signed with An­shun, cov­er­ing ad­vanced ma­chin­ery man­u­fac­tur­ing, air­craft com­po­nent pro­cess­ing, and de­vel­op­ment of an in­dus­trial park.

“Ad­vanc­ing mil­i­tary-civil in­dus­trial in­te­gra­tion is key to up­grad­ing An­shun’s in­dus­tries and ac­cel­er­at­ing its de­vel­op­ment,” Zeng said.

The city’s goal is to foster an in­dus­trial clus­ter of leadingedge ma­chines and equip­ment man­u­fac­tur­ers with a fo­cus on the avi­a­tion sec­tor, with its mil­i­tar y-civil in­te­grated in­dus­tries es­ti­mated to grow more than 25 per­cent a year on av­er­age to 50 bil­lion yuan dur­ing the 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-20).

An­shun was des­ig­nated one of the four na­tional high-tech in­dus­trial cen­ters fo­cus­ing on the civil avi­a­tion in­dus­try by the Na­tional De­vel­op­ment and Re­form Com­mis­sion in 2008. The NDRc also in­cluded it among the 26 na­tional com­pre­hen­sive demon­stra- tion ar­eas for gen­eral avi­a­tion last year.

“We have an ad­van­ta­geous ge­o­graphic lo­ca­tion and a wide­spread trans­porta­tion net­work, as well as nat­u­ral beauty,” Chen said.

In a d d i t i o n t o e x p r e s s - ways and high­ways run­ning through the city, An­shun of­fers sched­uled flight ser­vices via more than 10 routes to ma­jor cities in­clud­ing Bei­jing, Shang­hai, Chongqing and Shen­zhen.

Its wa­ter­ways pro­vide easy ac­cess to the Peal River and ocean routes. Also, the high­speed rail­way link­ing China’s com­mer­cial and fi­nan­cial hub Shang­hai and Kun­ming, cap­i­tal of Yun­nan prov­ince in South­west China, passes through the city.

Home to 43 eth­nic groups, which ac­count for ap­prox­i­mately 39 per­cent of the city’s to­tal pop­u­la­tion, An­shun is famed as a pop­u­lar hol­i­day re­sort. Its at­trac­tions in­clude the Huang­gu­oshu Water­fall, the prov­ince’s top sight­see­ing spot, and Dragon Palace, which fea­tures karst caves, un­der­ground wa­ter­falls and serene ru­ral scenery.

Ad­vanc­ing mil­i­tary-civil in­dus­trial in­te­gra­tion is key to up­grad­ing An­shun’s in­dus­tries and ac­cel­er­at­ing its de­vel­op­ment.”

Zeng Yong­tao, Party chief of An­shun

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per­form­ing aerial stunts will par­tic­i­pate in the 2017 Guizhou An­shun Avi­club Gen­eral Avi­a­tion Flight Car­ni­val this week­end.

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