Mon, Jun 14, 2004
New Regulations Open China To Private Pilots
It's still mighty tough
to get a private pilot's rating in China. But not as tough as it
used to be.
Just ask 39-year old Luo Xiaoping. It took him 200 hours to get
rated in his Robinson R-44. But he did it.
"I thought the angel had given her wings to myself when I sat in
the helicopter," Luo told China Express, "But I could fly much
better and more freely than any bird in the sky."
Ain't that the truth?
Until recently, China harshly restricted the issuance of private
pilots' certificates. But many of the roadblocks were cleared by
the Regulation on Flight Control of General Aviation, which took
effect May 1, 2003.
Now that China's skies are a bit more open to the average
citizen, Luo thinks there will be a boom in the country's civil
aviation sector. "Like the automobile industry, such opening will
also bring about the development of related industries like air
traffic control, airports, oil warehouses, maintenance and
services," he said.
"If you have money, you can buy yourself a plane," said Wang
Tao, after watching Luo's solo helicopter flight in Xianyang. "You
can't believe it just years ago."
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