China Welcomes GA

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If your GA business is still in the 9/11 doldrums, maybe it needs a change of scenery. Uniworld LLC is urging you to pack a set of chopsticks (wooden ones ... metal ones may be confiscated at security checkpoints) and head to China for a couple of GA forums (which it is sponsoring) next year. Uniworld promises to put the movers and shakers of China's GA industry in the same room with those who know how to meet its allegedly burgeoning commercial GA needs, at the China GA Forum 2005 in X'ian March 16-18. Then, May 18-20 in Beijing, the recreational market will be examined in the China Ultralight Expo 2005. Uniworld Manager Andrew Edlefsen said China's economy is exploding and that means more applications for GA. Energy projects, infrastructure and other huge endeavors need aircraft to patrol, supply and survey. As agriculture modernizes, aircraft are being called on to help make it more efficient. The March forum will delve into those opportunities. The spinoff of all this wealth is that after a hard day winching the next superpower into the 21st century, millions of Chinese find themselves able to afford recreational flying. The May forum examines that market and Edlefsen says there's already an industry developing that needs products and services.