Helicopter Promoters See China Potential

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China, with its huge land mass and over 1.3 billion people, has only 130 helicopters. If it had the same proportion of helicopters to people as in the U.S., that number should be 48,000, according to the organizers of the Air Med and Rescue Congress, set for Shanghai, October 11-12. "The enormous growth potential is almost incalculable," they say. The Congress will offer a series of workshops addressing the challenges and opportunities relevant to growing the helicopter fleet in China, especially for air medical and emergency rescue functions.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for operators, investors, educators, trainers, manufacturers, aviation service providers and other industry experts, etc., to come forward and guide China over the coming decades as low-level airspace is progressively made available," say the conference organizers. The group will also examine the role of light aircraft, other than helicopters, in emergency rescue operations. Restrictions on operations in low-altitude airspace are easing up and are expected to be mostly reformed by 2015, the organizers say.