AirMed & Rescue Congress China 2011


Tue 11 to Wed 12 October 2011 at Shanghai, China


Pullman Shanghai Skyway Hotel, 15 Dapu Road, Luwan District, Shanghai 200023 China


Newsletter 4 – Global Version

Upates to 27 Aug ‘11


Introduction. This newsletter includes two articles on pending issues facing China as the country
develops a helicopter SAR and HEMS capability over the coming decades. The articles show the
new industry starting from almost nothing. From my contacts with CAAC people in Beijing, I know
they will need and welcome help in fostering a safety culture by engaging international assistance.
I found them to be very professional & dedicated to their job during my visit.

Search And Rescue News


Firetrench Directory

Initially education and training will be a priority as aviation, medical and search equipment is
purchased. Safety awareness training is needed early – as the industry develops.


Airspace released for general aviation. In November last year China announced the decision
to intensify the reform of China’s low altitude airspace, the new policy covering major cities
including Changchun, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Lanzhou, Jinan and Nanjing. The low altitude
airspace will gradually expand to cover the whole country by 2015.


Business Opportunities. Some international operators refer to SAR and HEMS helicopters.
China describes them as “air medical and emergency rescue helicopters”. Chinese business
leaders agree the new policy on the release of airspace represents a lucrative opportunity to
exploit China’s huge general aviation market potential. In particular, the opportunities to develop an
air medical & rescue industry with international help are enormous.


Currently, international air rescue authorities are coming forward to assist China. These include
European Air Medical Institute (EURAMI), The Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport
Systems (CAMTS) and European HEMS and Air Ambulance Committee (EHAC). The latter
represents 360 helicopter rescue bases in Europe.


Purpose of Congress. This inaugural conference has great historical significance for the aviation
industry developing within China. It will bring together global and emerging local general aviation
operators and other interested parties whose aim are to develop an air medical and emergency
rescue helicopter industry. The enormous growth potential is almost incalculable. By comparison,
Australia, Canada and New Zealand have around 30,000 general aviation aircraft of which 5,500
are helicopters. China is launching the new helicopter emergency services industry from a very
small fleet around 1,000 civilian general aviation aircraft of which only 130 are helicopters.


Need to promote your business? This is a wonderful opportunity for operators, investors,
educators, trainers, manufacturers, aviation service providers and other industry experts, etc, to
come forward and guide China over the coming decades as low level airspace is progressively
made available. See

Organisers. Pyxis Consult Shanghai Co. Ltd is a business information company specializing in
providing market, strategic and technical consultancy in the areas of government, business and
corporate service suppliers. Extensive partner networks are established in USA, Japan, UK, Israel,
Hong Kong, Singapore. More company info at



Accommodation at venue. The venue is the Pullman Shanghai
Skyway Hotel, 15 Dapu Road, Luwan District Shanghai 200023
China. See Tel: +86 21 3318 9988.


The Pullman Shanghai Skyway Hotel has 645 spacious comfortable
rooms and suites, 6 restaurants and bars, 17 great meeting rooms,
fully equipped Gym, indoor swimming pool and spa and latest mobile
technology to keep you stay connected.


At present accommodation is around US$100 per room per night, or less. There are many budget
hotels nearby and with inexpensive low rates. A web search is very easy.


Getting to venue from airport. From Pudong Airport take Yingbin Ave to Shiji Ave and onto
Nanpu Bridge. Take South Zhongshan Road then turn onto Dapu Road. The hotel is about 45 km
or 45 minutes drive from airport. A taxi from airport to hotel costs approx. RMB160.00 each way or
US$27.00. GPS for hotel: N 31° 12′ 25.56” E 121° 27′ 56.49”. See at Google Earth.


Highlights include. The only international conference intensively focusing on China general
aviation industry opportunities and its emerging air emergency rescue market development.
The conference will feature many topics including:
· China general aviation’s reform & air emergency rescue industry.
· Aviation medical & emergency rescue system planning in China.
· Aviation emergency rescue market opportunities in China, from aircraft to operations.
· Helicopter air emergency rescue development in China.
· Light aircraft that can be utilised in emergency rescue.



****Stop Press**** Loss of Beijing Police Helicopter ****Stop Press****


AW139 China Police


On the morning of August 17th, 2011, an AW139 helicopter crashed
into the Miyun Reservoir, located in a northern suburb of Beijing
(China), with five people aboard. Only one person survived. The
Beijing Public Security Bureau Police Aviation Corps had four
helicopters. Two Agusta A109E and two AW139 helicopters. Local
media suggests water rescue training was being filmed? Our thoughts
are with the families and colleagues of those who were killed.





Programme: Day 1 – 11 Oct ‘11



0800 Morning Coffee and Registration

0850 Opening Remarks by Conference Chair

– China General Aviation Outlook: 2011-2015

– Air Traffic Management Committee

– Central Military Committee

– State Council, People’s Republic of China


CChhiinnaa GGeenneerraall AAvviiaattiioonn && AAiirr RReessccuuee IInndduussttrryy

0900 General aviation & air emergency rescue industry in China. Presented by senior official,
General Aviation Department, Civil Aviation Administration of China.

0930 China’s police air force and air emergency management. Speaker Tao Junsheng, Director,
Police Air Management Office, Ministry of Public Security, China.

1000 Global implications of air rescue and medical services and their future in China. Speaker
Rene Closter, Board Member of EHAC and President of Luxembourg Air Rescue.


1030 Coffee break and refreshments.


AAiirr MMeeddiiccaall && RReessccuuee PPllaannnniinngg && PPrraaccttiiccee iinn CChhiinnaa

1100 China’s low altitude airspace reform. Policies & guidelines for air medical & rescue.
Speaker Tang Jilong, Deputy Secretary General, China General Aviation Association.

1130 Air emergency rescue and management system. From aircraft to aviation management.
Speaker Dr Michael Weinlich, President EURAMI.

1200 Global air medical & emergency rescue management cooperation & practice in China.
Sponsor’s session – TBA.


1230 Luncheon.


AAiirr MMeeddiiccaall && RReessccuuee OOppppoorrttuunniittiieess iinn CChhiinnaa

1400 General aviation emergency and rescue base development: the regional airbase planning.
Speaker Guo Wenlong, Director, Promotion Centre for Emergency Assistance China.

1430 Air medical & emergency market outlook in China. Speaker Carl Hsu, Director, Air
Ambulance Centre, Taiwan Sunrise Airline.

1500 Selecting the right aircraft for your operation. Aeroplane or helicopter? Major factors to be
considered are role requirements, efficiency, safety and the environment. What is best for
the Chinese market? Sponsor’s session – TBA.


1530 Coffee break and refreshments.


AAiirr MMeeddiiccaall && RReessccuuee LLooww LLeevveell AAiirrssppaaccee CCoonnttrrooll

1600 How to handle air ambulance flights in the low level airspace. Hosted by EURAMI.

1630 The facilities essential for aeromedical & emergency rescue operations, including aircraft.

Sponsor’s session – TBA.

1700 Panel discussion: China regional low altitude airspace reform. Changchun, Gaungzhou,
and Shanghai. What’s happening to general aviation and air emergency rescue markets?
China regional GA opportunities. Moderator: Tang Jilong, Deputy Secretary General, China
General Aviation Association. Panellists: Guo Wenlong, Director, Promotion Centre for
Emergency Assistance China and other panellists from the preceding speakers and
selected attendees.


1745. End of day one of conference.


Programme: Day 2 – 12 Oct ‘11


0800 Morning Coffee and Registration

0850 Opening Remarks by Conference Chair.

Helicopter rescue outlook in China. Speaker, Qui Guangrong, Director of Helicopter
Institute of Aviation Industry Corporation China.


HHeelliiccoopptteerr && FFiixxeedd WWiinngg AAiirr EEmmeerrggeennccyy && RReessccuuee OOuuttllooookk iinn CChhiinnaa

0900 Building the helicopter air emergency rescue system in China. Speaker Zhang Hongbiao,
Director, Science & Technology Committee, Aviation Industry Corporation China.

0930 Helicopter air medical & emergency rescue essentials and facts in China. Speaker to be

1000 Fixed wing aircraft and air medical & rescue development. Sponsor’s session.


1030 Coffee break and refreshments.


1100 General aviation aircraft emergency rescue operations and MRO. Speaker to be advised.

1130 Air medical & rescue pilot training, case study in USA, as model to develop in China.
Speaker Brad Matheson, President, Prior 1 Air Rescue.

1200 Technical updates on air medical & rescue. Aircraft fit out for aeromedical and rescue roles.
Sponsor’s session.


1230 Networking luncheon.


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Located in Kunshan City in Jiangsu Province. It is one hour by bus from Shanghai.







Registration. Conference fee includes the two-day conference, simultaneous translation from
Mandarin to English and vice versa. Conference materials, two luncheons and all refreshments.

For multiple bookings with more than three delegates, then a 10% discount applies. Please see
attached conference brochure provided in this email. Enquiries to conference organisers by e-mail


Exhibition Booth. The standard exhibition booth is 3 x 3 metres. Your logo will be placed on the
website with appropriate links. Two delegate passes and one for booth staff. Inclusion in

E-newsletter going to 5,000 addressees on the PYXIS database. Also one full colour page for you
in the conference documentation provided to all attendees. Post conference reports as


More information is available from Melissa Lim. E-mail:





Rob Rich

Australia & New Zealand Representative

Air Med & Rescue Congress China 2011

(Organised by the Pyxis Consult Co Ltd – Shanghai)

PO Box 1796

CARINDALE QLD 4152 Australia

Tel: +61 415 641 774 E:







China should become the world’s largest market for helicopters

Government policies have hampered the development of helicopter industry


A recent media release states (in brief): Aviation commentators suggest during the 21st century,
China will become the largest helicopter market in the world. Indeed, market analysts forecast that
China’s demand for helicopters is expected to reach 1,867 helicopters before 2013 representing a
market value of $4.9 billion (source: China Daily). Today, the civilian helicopter fleet is around 150.
(source: CAAC). Note: By comparison, the US fleet is 12,000, Canada 2,700, Australia 1,880,
Japan 810 and New Zealand 800.


Chinese government is helping private aviation market by relaxing flight rules. The previous
regulations were very strict and private aircraft were forced to apply a long time in advance for
flight approval. The authorities will make some changes such as reducing wait-times from days to
hours, eliminating flight-plan fee which was US$4,400. It is anticipated next year the 17% value-
added tax and the import duty on corporate aircraft will be reduced.


If the trials, on private helicopters, which started in January 2011, are successful Chinese aviation
authorities will start to open part of China’s low-altitude airspace – altitudes lower than 1,000
meters – for private flights, which include helicopters and small aeroplanes. Experts agree, the
most direct beneficiaries of the opening-up of the low-altitude airspace are the helicopter users.




Private, corporate and the public security sector need helicopters


Disaster relief, rescue and aeromedical operations are the new growth areas for the helicopter
industry. Helicopters play key roles in efficient disaster relief and rescue operations. Recent figures
showed that China would need at least 100 helicopters for observation and providing relief to
natural disaster victims within the next five years (source: China Daily).


After the devastating earthquake in Sichuan province in May 2008, Chinese authorities are
interested in acquiring suitable SAR and HEMS helicopters. In the recent past, helicopters
demonstrated unique advantages in the disaster-relief efforts more particularly in earthquake
toppled buildings, blocked roads, and destroyed railways and bridges.


Aeromedical helicopters also have great potential. The concept (new to China) of flying
ambulances is of interest to China. A demand for 50 helicopters for the next five years has been is
suggested. (source: China Daily).


In the remote areas of western China, there is a huge market for public sector helicopters because
of the difficult terrain in the region, often extreme climatic conditions, numerous mountain ranges
and undeveloped transport infrastructures. In these areas passenger, cargo transport and tourism
would benefit from the availability of helicopter resources


Heavy industry needs access to larger helicopters capable of power grid construction and airborne
maintenance, gas pipeline laying and patrolling, agriculture and livestock management, and fire
fighting operations in forested areas.


Although police and security operations have been evolving for some time; if the international
model is used for measuring the potential of public service operations, then there is an extensive
market developing in this area once the capabilities become known to the community leaders.


Shanghai, is considered a vibrant and dynamic city with a growth of 9.9% in 2010; representing a
market full of opportunities. By comparison to Australia with almost 2,000 helicopters, Shanghai
has almost the same population as Australia. New Zealand’s population would make up less than
25% of the Shanghai numbers and yet NZ has around 800 helicopters.


In the long term, even though economic challenges are being faced all over the world, China is still
expected to grow between 10 and 12% in 2011, with Shanghai leading the way. Also, the “Rich
List” in China doubles every year with 1,363 individuals with a personal wealth of more than
AUD$160 million, according to the 2010 Hurun Rich List. For business executives, having their
own private helicopters is a real advantage; as it allows them to connect to cities in an easy, fast
and flexible way.














A slumbering giant awakens as China releases airspace for general aviation.
Are there huge opportunities for the helicopter SAR and HEMS industry?


A tourist involved in a traffic accident whilst travelling in China may be surprised to find a
helicopter aeromedical system does not yet exist in the world’s second largest economy. If the same
person came to grief in Europe then they would probably be assisted by one of 360 helicopter
rescue bases in that region. China’s almost lack of a helicopter emergency service industry has been
somewhat of a puzzle to the international community.





Aviation enthusiasts are quick to point out China with a population of 1.37 billion is four times
more populous than the USA and yet has no effective helicopter industry to foster helicopter SAR
and HEMS development. By way of comparison Australia has 14,390 aircraft of which 1,880 are
helicopters. Canada has a large fleet of aircraft totalling 34,220 of which 2,680 are helicopters. New
Zealand with 6,400 aircraft has 791 are helicopters. The USA has 12,000 and China only 130
helicopters. In fact, the meagre Chinese helicopter industry has been stagnant for over a decade,
well insulated from China’s rampaging economic growth.

For the serious number crunchers, China should have 48,000 helicopters if the US model of
ownership is used. No matter what comparison is made, the Chinese helicopter industry has been
restricted in the past by the difficulties in obtaining permission to use military airspace.


But help is on the way, albeit slowly. In November last year China announced the decision to
intensify the reform of China’s low altitude airspace. The new policy coverers major cities
including Changchun, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Lanzhou, Jinan and Nanjing. The low altitude
airspace will gradually expand to cover the whole country by 2015.
Chinese business leaders agree the new policy represents a lucrative opportunity to exploit China’s
huge general aviation market potential. In particular, the opportunities to develop a SAR and HEMS
industry with international help are enormous. Currently, international air rescue authorities are
coming forward to advise China. These include European Air Medical Institute (EURAMI),
Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS – USA) and European HEMS and Air Ambulance
Committee (EHAC). The latter represents 360 helicopter rescue bases in Europe.

A key note speaker at Australia’s Rotor Tech 2006 stated that China has so few civilian helicopters;
that the concept of expanding their GA industry to include a large number of multi-engine IFR
helicopters is really not achievable in the short term, without extensive assistance from international
logistic and training providers.




Sourcing and training of Chinese general aviation managers, pilots, aircrew, engineers and
educators will create challengers for several decades. In conclusion, the speaker stated. “One
solution (due simply to our regional proximity) is to use training resources in Australia and New
Zealand”. This concept is also applicable to Canada where there are close cultural links with China
due to the substantial number of Chinese who have settled in China.
Boeing at the recent Paris Air Show released a report titled, “2011 Pilot and Technician Outlook”.
The forecast went to 2030. It predicted the Asia-Pacific Region will be where the greatest growth in
airline traffic will occur. In particular, China will need 72,000 pilots and 108,000 technicians. This
puts them in third place after Europe and North America.



Most western world countries have 10% of aircraft registrations allocated to helicopters. It could be
argued the Chinese would need to train 7,200 pilots over two decades. The puzzle facing experts is
how we assess the real figure when China only has 130 helicopters and very few flying schools at
present. If these figures are relevant, then they would need to graduate about 7 pilots per week for
twenty years. (More than 1,000 training hours per week.) A CFI would add to this by saying this
estimate does not cover routine type ratings, role equipment endorsements, check and training,
instructor qualifications, instrument ratings and role equipment, etc.


The initial demand for training will focus on pilots and aviation engineers. It is believed China has
only a handful of flying schools, including one in Hong Kong. The training of maintenance
personnel and other management specialists is a major hurdle to be addressed. It is obvious
international companies will have to be contracted to establish bases in China until the Chinese
aviation industry reaches self-sufficiency.
All countries will need to provide special courses due to the fact the most existing commercial
syllabuses do not meet Chinese licensing requirements. The Chinese CPL requires some instrument
and night flying. This has been a stumbling block for the Australian schools that do not need night
training capability.
Fortunately, wanting to assist with the Chinese general aviation expansion will have comfort in the
knowledge they follow US FAA regulations. To an outsider, this seems unusual considering
China’s political history over the past 100 years. The basic CAAC CPL(H) is flying 150 hours.



Those wishing to study opportunities in China would benefit from conferences being held in China.
In this way you will meet like-minded government and business executives who are trying to
launch a SAR and HEMS industry in China in the next decade or so. One important event is:
Air Medical & Rescue Congress China 2011 is being held 11 – 12 October 2011 in Shanghai.
This inaugural SAR and HEMS conference is the best option for those interested in opportunities
now being presented due to the release of low-level airspace. For more information on this event,
call +86 21 5179 5513 or email

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