High Ranking Chinese
Aviation Official Visits Florida
By Jim Douglas
December 11, 2011- The secretary general of one of
China’s most successful aviation industrial city
complexes visited Central Florida this week seeking
economic development partnerships in general aviation.
Jin Qian Sheng, secretary general of the China Aviation
Industrial Base in Xian, met with economic development
and county officials and Enterprise Florida, the state’s
public-private economic development organization.
Several private business meetings also were arranged,
highlighted by a tour of Melbourne International
China plans to open all its airspace under 9,842 feet to
general aviation flights by 2015. Jin’s visit offered a
unique opportunity to create valuable business
partnerships to take advantage of a vast new market,
said David Chen, managing director of Asia for Federal
Aerospace Holdings Group LLC, who arranged the visit.
Japan opened its general aviation market in the 1970s, it took
20 years to meet demand,” he said. “The Chinese market is 12
times bigger. I predict explosive growth in general aviation in
China, highlighted by the 1,000 percent increase in registered
general aviation aircraft over the last year.”
Lewis, Federal Aerospace’s managing director of North America,
said the Chinese general aviation market will create a huge
demand for parts, aircraft, maintenance services and pilot
training. “The pent up
demand is unprecedented and holds the potential to create
thousands of jobs in the U.S. for the right companies,” Lewis
week’s visit by Jin, considered the architect of China’s general
aviation industry, was a significant first step. “Mr. Jin’s
visit laid the groundwork for ongoing mutually beneficial
economic development opportunities to expand U.S. businesses
into China as well as bringing Chinese based firms here, thereby
creating jobs both in the U.S. and China,” Lewis said.
Jin has a strong track record for creating jobs and successful international partnerships. His efforts have resulted in 400 companies with more than 5,000 employees expanding into Xian. That figure should grow to 20,000 employees by the end of 2012 counting staff in China and in the companies’ home countries. As head of Xian’s High-Tech Commission, Jin helped create more than 600,000 jobs.
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