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Title:Clearer Skies Ahead for Small Planes - China Daily 5-26-11
Post 1 Clearer Skies Ahead for Small Planes - China Daily 5-26-11 May 27,11 06:56 AM

I read this article today and found it very interesting, however it made the following statement which is absolutely wrong.

Haphazard and even dangerous flying by pilots of small planes has occurred in many countries. In the United States, where more than 200,000 light aircraft can take to the skies, accidents are all too frequent.

In the US there are over 5000 airports and over 300,000 general aviation airplanes and 360,000 licensed general aviation pilots.  The accident rate is the lowest in the world and "...accidents are all too frequent."  is a gross misrepresentation of the facts.  The US general aviation accident rate is less than the commercial aviation accident rate world wide.  At any point in time in the US there are more than 30,000 aircraft in the air that is in less than 25% of the geograhical area of China.

It is journalistically irresponsible to blantently accuse the Chinese general aviation pilots of potentially flying "haphazardly and even dangerously".

It was also disappointing to see Jiang Li"s comment. "China should not rush, but instead learn from mistakes in the U.S."  The rest of the worlds aviation communities have vitually duplicated the US airspace regulations and it is the international standard for commerical aviation.  I wonder which mistakes Jiang Li was referring to.

There are less than 500 general aviation aircraft in China today according to published reports.  How hard could it be to equip them all with GPS, radios and transponders.  You could immediately solve the problem that Cai Jun pointed out that "...some light aircraft are not well-equiped. some are even unable to report their location in flight properly." for about 7000 yuan per aircraft.

I believe that opening up the Chinese airspace will be of enormous economic value to everyone in China.  I hope that a more liberal attitude prevails as this project moves forward for the benefit of all of it"s people.

 

Post 2 Re:Clearer Skies Ahead for Small Planes - China Daily 5-26-11 2011-05-27 09:10:20.0
Clearer Skies Ahead for Small Planes 

China should promote the progress to open up low-altitude airspace, meantime the management have to be enhanced.

Opening up  low-altitude airspace will not only accelerate the development of China"s aviation industry, but bring great economic bebefit.

 

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