China to open up more low altitude airspace

The Shanghai Daily reports that China is to open up its low altitude airspace from 2015 to provide greater capacity for general aviation.

A trial operation in the southern Guangdong and central Hubei provinces will be expanded to northeast and south-central China this year and cover the whole country by 2015, Li Jiaxiang, director of the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), told the newspaper on the sidelines of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference in Beijing.

China’s low-altitude airspace, normally below 1,000 metres, is controlled by the air force and the regulator and all private flights need approval to use the airspace. Shanghai is not on the list of trial areas, but the East China Bureau of the CAAC has said its airspace management plan will be formulated within five years.
China has 9.98 million square kilometres of usable airspace, including 32 per cent for civil aviation and about 24 per cent for military use, according to the China National Airspace Technology Laboratory.

A 2010 State Council document said the country’s low-altitude airspace will be divided into three sections – controlled areas, monitored areas, and areas where aircraft can fly freely after reporting flight plans in advance.

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