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Volume 14,Issue 3 Autumn 2012


中国通航新政策出台 航空器引进有望提速


The revised Interim Measures Regarding the Administration of the Introduction of General Aviation Aircraft was released by the Civil Aviation Administration of China ("CAAC",) and has subsequently been issued to each of the General Aviation related enterprises. According to the regulation, domestic buyers are permitted to introduce aircraft if examined and endorsed by the corresponding regional administration departments. It is well-known however, that even before the examination and approval, the final authority on the introduction of the aircraft is up to the CAAC.

Some professionals involved in this industry believe there are four parts within this new regulation that attract attention:

1. When introducing a General Aircraft, the applicant just need to record that action with the Regional Administration Department.

2. A Natural person can make an application to introduce any aircraft, including a business jet.

3. Prospective buyers of aircraft are no longer required to apply for an approval when transfering his own aircraft, unless the aircraft is a new one.

4. The authority is required to give a written reply within 10 working days after receiving a properly qualified aircraft introduction plan.

This new policy is very exciting! While the key point in the development of general aviation is airspace reform, the altitude of airspace used by civil aviation is generally above 6 km high, and the low-altitude airspace refers to that which is lower than 1 km high. At the seminar on the reform of the nation's low-altitude airspace, some authorities proposed the airspace lower less than 1 km be divided into three parts: airspace which is under control, airspace which is under surveillance, and those areas where aircraft can fly freely after reporting their flight plans in advance. Great significance to the development of the whole economy of the nation is being credited to the fact that, the air traffic control toward General Aviation will be slackened beginning in the year 2013, and the new dimension of opening up the low-altitude airspace will be implemented all over the nation, within 37 areas of airspace, in 5 different provinces, including the projected opening of Hubei.

Mr. Shicai Zhu, the director-general of the State Air Traffic Control Commission, has stated that, beginning with the year 2013, the low-altitude airspace reform will be brought into practice within the entire nation. Furthermore, a market-oriented operation will gradually be formed, featuring an integrated security system regarding the care and administration of low-altitude airspace, with oversight from the government, and guidance from the community of the General Aviation Industry.

According to the decisions, and the arrangements made by the State Air Traffic Control Commission, experimental sites for China's low-altitude airspace have been expanded throughout Northeast China, Central-Southern China, and include Tangshan, Xi'an, Qingdao, Hangzhou, Ningbo, Kunming, Chongqing, along with several other communities. After having implemented the new low altitude policy within those experimental sites for over two years, those sites have become commonly referred to as "the two large regions, and the seven small regions." This experiment has allowed China’s Aviation Officials to gain a vast amount of experience regarding the reform and administration of its low-altitude airspace, causing many Aviation experts to believe they will harvest even more experience in the future, while further developing its General Aviation, and expanding its comprehensive dimensions of airspace.

中国民用航空局(Civil Aviation Administration of China,简称“民航局”)修订印发的《引进通用航空器管理暂行办法》的通知已于2012年12月下发到各通航相关企业,新办法规定,只要通过各地区民航管理局审批,国内买家即可引进航空器,此前这一审批权只能由民航最高主管部门中国民航局掌握。









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