Gen­eral avi­a­tion to get lift by 2020

Three-level ser­vice sys­tem will be cre­ated for low-al­ti­tude airspace

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - TOP NEWS - By ZHANG YANGFEI zhangyangfei@chi­

China is plan­ning to build a three-level ser­vice sys­tem for flights in low-al­ti­tude airspace to meet the needs of the coun­try’s gen­eral avi­a­tion de­vel­op­ment, the Civil Avi­a­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion of China an­nounced on Fri­day.

By 2020, China will ini­tially com­plete a low-al­ti­tude flight ser­vice sys­tem con­sist­ing of a na­tional in­for­ma­tion man­age­ment sys­tem, seven re­gional in­for­ma­tion pro­cess­ing sys­tems and a group of flight ser­vice sta­tions, ac­cord­ing to a plan drafted by the CAAC in July.

The sys­tem will pro­vide flight plan­ning, avi­a­tion and weather in­for­ma­tion, warn­ings and other as­sis­tance and res­cue ser­vices. By 2030, it will com­plete other func­tions and ser­vices.

“The plan is fun­da­men­tal, sys­tem­atic and ser­vice-ori­ented. It’s an im­por­tant part of our coun­try’s over­all avi­a­tion re­form and is cru­cial to the de­vel­op­ment of the gen­eral avi­a­tion in­dus­try,” said Xu Hao, direc­tor of CAAC’s air traf­fic reg­u­la­tion of­fice, who spoke at a news con­fer­ence on Fri­day.

The plan stip­u­lates that flight ser­vice sta­tions will be clas­si­fied into A and B ac­cord­ing to their func­tions, and each pro­vin­cial re­gion will set up at least one A sta­tion. The num­ber of B sta­tions is not limited.

It also makes clear the five tasks re­quired to draft re­lated reg­u­la­tions and to im­prove aerial in­for­ma­tion ser­vices, com­mu­ni­ca­tion mon­i­tor­ing in lowalti­tude airspace and other flight sched­ul­ing man­age­ment.

The im­ple­men­ta­tion of the plan will be su­per­vised and man­aged by the CAAC and re­gional ad­min­is­tra­tions, but par­tic­i­pa­tion by lo­cal gov­ern- ments and other sec­tors of so­ci­ety also is en­cour­aged in the sys­tem’s es­tab­lish­ment, Xu said.

“The cur­rent low-al­ti­tude flight ser­vice is un­able to meet the needs to ef­fec­tively de­velop and uti­lize low-al­ti­tude airspace, which is why such re­form is nec­es­sary,” he said.

China’s gen­eral avi­a­tion in­dus­try is ex­pected to con­tinue to de­velop rapidly. By the end of 2015, more than 300 gen­eral air­ports were in op­er­a­tion serv­ing 1,874 air­craft, avi­a­tion of­fi­cials said. They es­ti­mate that the num­ber of air­craft will sur­pass 5,000 and the mar­ket size will hit 1 tril­lion yuan ($144 bil­lion) by 2020.

To sup­port such fast de­vel­op­ment, China has opened up ac­cess to low-al­ti­tude airspace step by step and put for­ward a se­ries of re­form poli­cies since 2010.

In 2010, the State Coun­cil is­sued a doc­u­ment on mea­sures needed to re­form low-al­ti­tude airspace man­age­ment, in­clud­ing cat­e­go­riz­ing airspace at dif­fer­ent al­ti­tudes, set­ting up test cities and for­mu­lat­ing reg­u­la­tions.

In 2014, the govern­ment stip­u­lated that airspace be­low 1,000 me­ters was ac­ces­si­ble to gen­eral air­craft and in 2016, an­other State Coun­cil doc­u­ment set the goal of open­ing up airspace be­low 3,000 me­ters, be­gin­ning in test cities like Shenyang, Guangzhou and Changchun.

The plan is ... ser­vice-ori­ented. It’s an im­por­tant part of our coun­try’s over­all avi­a­tion re­form.”

Xu Hao, direc­tor of the air traf­fic reg­u­la­tion of­fice, Civil Avi­a­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion of China

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