August 4, 2011
By AOPA ePublishing staff
After granting permission for the first general aviation flight through Chinese airspace and GA landing at Beijing Capital International Airport to Tennessee businessman Wei Chen on his around-the-world flight in a TBM 700, the Chinese government sent a strong message to the world that it is embracing an industry that was once foreign to that country.
Another step toward building the GA industry in China is the upcoming five-day AOPA-China General Aviation Summit in Beijing. The summit kicks off Sept. 20 and will include Chinese civil and military aviation officials, a two-day forum on the country’s low-altitude economy, and the first GA fly-in in the country.
AOPA Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Melissa Rudinger and Secretary General of the International Council of Aircraft Owner and Pilot Associations (IAOPA) John Sheehan will attend the summit to provide insight into the way the GA community works.
“With the decision by the Chinese government to support GA development and airspace reform, China is a promising future market for the worldwide GA industry,” Rudinger said.
“It is an excellent networking opportunity with China’s aviation delegation, GA industry members as well as clients,” said Yinjie Jason Zhang, a New-York-based pilot and member of the AOPA-China board of directors. For program details and registration information, contact Zhang.
A new FAA policy on obstructive sleep apnea that addresses many of the concerns raised by AOPA is scheduled to take effect March 2.
AOPA and the National Business Aviation Association have jointly filed an amicus, or friend of the court, brief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals as part of the ongoing legal battle over the future of Santa Monica Municipal Airport.
AOPA worked with the flight training industry and FAA to quickly resolve a problem that suddenly put many rating applications on hold.
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