China Airborne

China Airborne

Book - 2012
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Evaluates China's plan to rival America as a leading aerospace power, revealing the nation's considerable investments in airports and airplane construction while making recommendations for how the United States should respond.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780375422119
Branch Call Number: 387.7095 FALLOWS
Characteristics: xiii, 268 p. ; 22 cm


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Apr 24, 2017

China has made tremendous progress toward upgrading its air transit system in the past twenty years. And since the Eleventh Five Year Plan (2006 to 2010) greatly extended the reach into China's interior. However, Fallows states, China's goal of creating the next Boeing or Airbus is considerably more complex than assembling iPads or even building cars. Plus China has many obstacles that stand in its way to becoming a aviation and aerospace powerhouse.

China is building more new airports than the rest of the world combined yet the air traffic system is greatly limited because commercial aviation has to stay in narrow routes. The majority of Chinese airspace is restricted to military use. Plus flight plans have to be filed and approved days in advance of flying. Private plane ownership is gaining popularity but much of it is ostentation. The only airspace that is pretty much unrestricted airspace is below 1,000 feet and a lot of China's elevation is higher than that, especially in the hinterland where the demand is highest.

However, Chinese companies are buying or stealing Western technology and future Five Year Plans will place additional emphasis on aerospace development.

Feb 08, 2013

Fallows, one of the great generalists of modern journalism, has a good feel for both China and aviation. A nice break from his NPR week-in-review material that I normally associate with his work.


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