China’s Comac group has admitted it could take another “one or two years” complete certification of the already-delayed ARJ21 regional airliner.
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Pan-Asian business aviation consulting group Asian Sky Group and Avic International Aero-Development (Avic ADE) announced an agreement yesterday to source pre-owned fixed- and rotary-wing business aircraft from “key” global markets for resale into China to meet growing demand. The agreement also covers the resale of Mainland Chinese-owned aircraft into the global market.
Chinese domestic production of civil helicopters is set to grow, but not as quickly as the country’s authorities predict, according to a local market analyst. Matthieu Devoisselle, co-founder of Avia-Tek, a Shanghai-based aerospace consultancy firm specializing in emerging countries, regards government forecasts as unrealistic. But Chinese manufacturer Avicopter does have reason to be optimistic, he adds.
Cessna Aircraft has appointed Bill Schultz, the current president of subsidiary CitationAir, as its new senior vice president of business development for China, effective July 1.
The Avicopter AC311 light single-engine utility helicopter had its type certification “recommended” under China’s approval procedures last month. The Civil Aviation Administration of China’s (CAAC) type certification examination committee recommended issuance of the type certificate in a meeting held on May 4 in Beijing.
For the uninitiated, China can be a scary place to consider establishing a manufacturing operation. Tales abound of product designs being copied, many well documented and ranging from high-end golf clubs to industrial fittings, movies, books and even electronic components.
Cessna Aircraft signed a strategic agreement today with China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Company (Caiga) and the Shijiazhuang Municipal Government that lays the groundwork for final assembly, sales and customer support for the Cessna Caravan in China for the Chinese market.
Honeywell believes that its track record in supporting air transport development in China stands it in good stead to pioneer the expansion of business aviation too. “Honeywell has been a pioneer in [business aviation] support in China,” said Rishiraj Singh, the avionics and engine manufacturer’s director and business leader in the Asia Pacific and China region.
At Abace today, Cessna Aircraft senior vice president for business jets Brad Thress elaborated further on the aircraft manufacturer’s joint venture with Aviation Industry Corp. of China (Avic) and the Chengdu provincial government to build midsize Citations in China. He said that the Sovereigns and Latitudes built in China will be assembled in Chengdu from components made at the company’s headquarters in Wichita. “We see this as incremental business.
Cessna Aircraft is making an aggressive move into Asia with plans to manufacture aircraft in China in partnership with Aviation Industry Corp. of China (Avic) and the Chengdu provincial government.