Situation Highlights Lack Of Chinese GA Infrastructure
The government of China is recognizing the need for additional
general aviation capacity in a big way. In fact, there are not
enough airports, aircraft and airspace in China to train the needed
number of pilots. So Minnesota State University was ready to take
on Chinese helicopter students at its Mankato campus. Ironically,
the training has now been delayed for lack of enough Chinese
airport capacity to allow practice when the students return
KEYC-TV in Mankato reports the decision will also stall
investment by the school in new helicopters, and other needs
estimated to cost $100,000 per student.
Jean Haar, MSU's interim dean, tells the station, "We have
intentionally been thinking about how can our program improve and
continue to improve with its quality and excellence. So
specifically the conversation we're having with China--when they're
ready, we're ready."