Pacific Aerospace and joint venture chief executive, New Zealander Damian Camp said the new company would announce at the Zhuhai airshow at least two major initiatives to spur general aviation sector development in China, as well as showcasing the P-750.
Pacific Aerospace along with its Chinese joint-venture will announce further plans to grow China’s general aviation sector at the upcoming aviation spectacular Airshow China, just days after opening a big custom-built aircraft manufacturing plant at Changzhou.
The opening of the 10-hectare facility at Changzhou airport on October 21, attended by several hundred Chinese and New Zealand businesspeople, joint venture leaders and Chinese and New Zealand government officials and plant workers, celebrated the company’s first aircraft, a reassembled P-750 XSTOL, to roll out through the new facilities. The P-750 XSTOL is the world’s most versatile utility aircraft, pioneered in New Zealand.
The aircraft, registration number XL204, was flown immediately after the plant opening to Zhuhai in Guangdong, where it will participate from November 1-6 in the China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition, also known as Airshow China, the largest aviation event in mainland China.
Pacific Aerospace and joint venture chief executive, New Zealander Damian Camp said the new company would announce at the Zhuhai airshow at least two major initiatives to spur general aviation sector development in China, as well as showcasing the P-750 aircraft in “a significant demonstration that we are in this market and serious about it”.
“The participation of P-750 XL204 shows we are committed to development of the Chinese market. We will be making some announcements about our skydiving industry development plans. We plan to have established 50 drop-zones by 2020,” said Camp.
“We’ll also be making an announcement about a new business agreement for aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul with the Chengdu HuaTai Aviation Technology Company.”
The new joint venture between the New Zealand aircraft maker, Hamilton-based Pacific Aerospace Limited, and China’s leading general aviation company, Beijing General Aviation Company, a subsidiary of the giant Beijing Automotive Group, has been quick to identify the opportunities for business development and growth outside of light aircraft manufacture for China’s emerging general aviation market.
They included skydiving, fast becoming popular among younger, increasingly affluent Chinese, and services to other general aviation companies, including aircraft management and maintenance. Pilot and engineering training is also on the joint venture’s business growth radar.