Shanghai Success Points to China’s Aviation Potential, but also Hints at the Hurdles

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ARTICLE: FAA Approval Is Big Breakthrough For Shanghai FBO

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The Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Service Center (SHPBASC) is literally breaking ground in the China civil aviation market. Coincident to the ABACE convention, the site for ABACE’s aircraft display, the FAA issued SHPBASC a foreign repair station certificate under Part 145. That authority will allow the facility to repair N-registered aircraft based or operating in China.

The growth numbers are impressive (see above chart of investment, aircraft, trips and airports planned by the government) and SHPBASC’s micro numbers are exciting—the FBO’s traffic has grown 12% per annum since 2009 expecting to hit 4,000 movements. That’s a very attractive marketplace.

As enticing as those numbers may be, the Chinese and US regulatory processes are obtuse. SHPBASC filed for its Foreign Repair Certificate 5 years ago and the Chinese authorization is as slow and more complex. Having someone who knows the paths to approvals may be a worthwhile investment.

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