Country Spotlight: China


China’s aviation industry has grown rapidly, in line with its burgeoning economy.


The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) is the country’s aviation authority, under the Ministry of Transport. The CAAC is responsible for all civil aviation and the investigation of accidents and incidents.


The military controls Chinese airspace (which is restricted), in addition to handling flight clearances and authorizations. Non-commercial air travel is subordinate to military traffic and as such, general and private aviation in the country is rare.