aviation

Authorities Ground Shanghai Cake Drone

A senior anti-narcotics official revealed in February that Beijing had rejected the use of a drone strike to assassinate drug lord Naw Kham, who was later captured and executed by more conventional means. Last week, Chinese...

China’s Transport Aircraft Takes First Flight

Chinese state media reports China’s first transport aircraft, dubbed the Y-20, has taken its first successful test flight. The Y-20 is China’s first domestically made jumbo air freighter. From Xinhua: The Yun-20, or...

China’s Focus on Aerospace Raises Questions

Chinese state media reports the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) unveiled a plan that would boost civil aircraft manufacturing. This comes amid China’s attempts to build jet engines for both commercial and...

China Lands Fighter Jet in Show of Force

Chinese state media reports China has successfully conducted a flight landing on its first aircraft carrier. This landing comes amid the China State Shipbuilding Corporation’s call to build more aircraft carriers. From...

China Sells Jets, Unveils Stealth Fighter

As China attempts to build its own jet engine for military and commercial use, China has unveiled new orders for its passenger jet at the country’s main airshow in Zhuhai, from Reuters: The C919 is designed to challenge Airbus...

China Tries Building Jet Engine

While China was able to blast its astronauts into space and send a submarine down into the depths of the sea, it has yet to build a successful jet engine. Previously, China has relied on Russia for advanced fighter aircraft....

Private Airline Tiptoes Around State Goliaths

Reuters interviews Wang Zhenghua, the owner of China’s biggest private budget carriers, and reports on his philosophy for surviving in a state-dominated sector: “You have to take it a bit slowly, rather than being too...

Eight Questions: James Fallows, ‘China Airborne’

China Real Time blog interviews James Fallows about his new book China Airborne and about the aviation industry in China: You highlight the dramatic improvement of China’s airlines as one area of particular success. Are there...

Aviation Giants Target Chinese Growth

Aviation companies have flocked to Shanghai this week for the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition as they look toward Chinese businesses and wealthy individuals to offset slumping demand for private jets in the...

China’s New Status Symbol: A Pilot’s License

With at least three hundred private jets plying Chinese airspace—two thirds of them without legal registration—some among China’s new rich are aiming to stand out by learning to fly their own planes. From Jing...

China’s First Homegrown Jet–And Why It Matters

Ray Kwong writes on the C919, China’s domestically engineered narrowbody airplane, and what it’ll do for the aviation market. From Forbes’ China Tracker: I’ve written a little about China’s homegrown jets...

China Advances Its Aviation Dream

The New York Times reports on China’s new jetliner that aims to compete with Airbus and Boeing: The narrow-body, single-aisle C919 plane is scheduled to make its first voyage in 2014 before being delivered to buyers in...

China Planning Taiwan Strait Route for Commercial Aviation – David Lague

From The International Herald Tribune: China plans to open a new commercial aviation route through the Taiwan Strait in a move that officials in Taipei said was a threat to regional peace and a danger to air safety. The new route between Hong Kong and Shanghai would track just inside the Chinese side of the […]

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