Opening of China’s low-altitude airspace to boost general aviation, ignores expanding civil aviation

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The Chinese Government and the Central Military Commission recently approved the CAAC's Low-altitude Airspace Management Reform Guidance, which will gradually open low-altitude airspace across the country’s five aviation control areas by 2015. The move is part of the country’s plans to boost China’s general aviation market, which is on the brink of rapid expansion. However, the plans appear to neglect to acknowledge the country’s booming civil aviation market, which is restricted by the minimal airspace available due to tight military control.

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