IAOPA Press Releases


Frederick, Md., USA – The International Council of the Aircraft Owner and Pilot Associations announced today that its 27th biennial World Assembly will be held in Beijing in 2014.

Craig Spence, secretary general of the council and vice president of AOPA’s operations and international affairs, said that a fall date in Beijing is under consideration. The Beijing assembly would mark the first time that IAOPA has convened in China.

“The selection of China as our World Assembly location highlights just how important Asia has become to the growth of general aviation,” Spence said. “A number of aircraft manufacturers now have operations and partnerships in China, and there are promising signs that China itself is embracing the broader use of GA as part of its transportation system and economy. We think this is a perfect time to convene in China and demonstrate just how vital general aviation can be.”

Delegates to the Beijing World Assembly will discuss a wide range of general aviation issues and take part in aerial activities. Those discussions will likely focus on airspace access and freedom of flight, air traffic control services, user fees, security and just how AOPA chapters throughout the world operate.

IAOPA is made up of affiliates from 71 countries, and is administered through AOPA headquarters in Frederick, Md.

Final venue location and exact dates will be determined soon. Recent past assemblies have been held in South Africa, Israel, Greece, France, Brazil, the United Kingdom and Switzerland. The last IAOPA World Assembly held in Asia took place in Japan in April 1995.

Interest in general aviation in China has expanded with China’s economic growth. A 2012 study by the consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton found a latent demand for at least 400 private business jets in China that each could be expected to fly 60 to 80 hours annually.

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