China opening up sections of national airspaceNovember 16, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Posted in Aviation Law Current Event | Leave a comment
by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty
Source: Global Times China
Over the next five to 10 years, China will establish a regulatory mechanism to oversee infrastructure, pilot-training facilities and flight safety monitoring, according to Xinhua News Agency.
According to a circular jointly issued by the State Council and the Central Military Commission, the country’s low-altitude airspace will be divided into three sections: Restricted areas; surveillance areas and open areas where aircraft can fly freely after reporting flight plans in advance.
Previous regulations put low-altitude airspace throughout China under government control, which meant private planes had to apply for permission in advance for every flight and then wait for government approval, which often experienced long delays.
Currently the military controls 80 percent of the country’s airspace.