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.
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda posted the following on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page: “Recently I’ve talked with quite a few Flying Clubs about maintaining social activity through the cold winter months. Some clubs host Holliday Parties, others have Potluck Movie Nights. What does your club do to keep members involved during the chilly months?”
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