NBAA's Bolen Visits AOPA China

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A group headed by NBAA President Ed Bolen made its first stop in Beijing on Dec. 1 to visit AOPA China and discuss their interests in the Chinese business aviation market. In that meeting, Bolen's group met with Feng Zhang, Deputy Director General of AOPA China. The groups expressed strong interest in China's fast-growing market, especially within the economical and political landscape of Beijing, where AOPA China is based. Mr. Zhang expressed his view that public perception in China currently associates business aviation with luxury and wealth as opposed to productivity. Zhang noted that a clear shift of focus to business aviation's utilitarian values is needed to gain more government backing and broader market appeal. There were other concerns.

The meeting also discussed rules and regulations, knowledge-base sharing, pilot training and business aviation culture, among other things. AOPA China is committed to fulfilling a strategic advocacy role for the business aviation industry and focuses its efforts and resources in the nation's capital. Those at the meeting hoped it might mark the beginning of a productive relationship. The group met with executive members of the Civil Aviation Administration of China on the following day. Other members of the group included Mr. Edward Smith, Senior Vice President of GAMA, and AsBAA Chairman, Mr. Jean-Noel Robert.