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China's rich yearn to fly for a hobby

Wealthy Chinese are itching to take up flying as a hobby, drawing crowds to an air show in the southern city of Zhuhai this week, but high taxes and military controls on airspace are grounding the aviation industry's hopes of a sales boom. China pledged in its latest five-year plan for 2011-2015 to promote the general aviation industry and reform the airspace management system to open up more airspace - badly needed not just by hobbyists but also by congested commercial air lanes. ( Ещё...

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Toby Sharp 2
Communism ruins all the fun
shawn white 1
Yeah, there is like no general aviation here. It is cheaper for some Chinese pilots to pay the fine for flying without a pre-approved flight plan that is submitted 4 weeks in advance. In Beijing where I live, the city's biggest problem is not having enough parking space. People buy an extra car just for convenience sake or to show off. Imagine if they bought an extra plane instead. There is huge potential for development in ever aspect!


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