China Hosts GA Convention This Week
For manufacturers of GA aircraft that have been eagerly awaiting the opening-up of Asian markets, this weekend's China International General Aviation Convention, in the northwestern city of Xi'an, is a good sign. More than 80,000 visitors from around the world are expected, according to China Daily. The convention will feature several airshows, a static exhibit with more than 100 aircraft, talks and forums. To promote the event, a new series of postage stamps has been released that features images of GA aircraft built by Cirrus, Diamond, Cessna, and Flight Design. "When Chinese citizens can buy Mercedes automobiles in large numbers, they demonstrate they can also afford light aircraft," said Matthias Betsch, CEO of Flight Design. "We are very honored to be included with these famous brands [in the stamp series] as China opens its doors to general aviation." In other news from China, Yuneec Intl. announced recently that it flew its electric-powered trike for one hour 16 minutes near its facility in Shanghai, and hopes to stretch that to an hour and half by the end of this month.
The trike was powered by the Yuneec Power Drive 10Kw motor system. Also, an airshow in Beijing this week unveiled the design for a twin-engine single-aisle airliner that will seat up to 190 people. The airliner will be developed by the Chinese government. China's domestic airlines are expected to need up to 4,000 new airplanes over the next 20 years.