China's New National Aviation Zone©

Over 40 square kilometers of land has been dedicated to the ascent of China's new Aviation Industry Manufacturing Complex, which will rival the aviation and aerospace industry in the European Union and the United States.


Xi'an China - visiting this capital of Shaanxi Province in Western China after a three year absence, I was stunned by the growth of the Xi'an Aeropolis which was designed by CPT, a Singapore architectural firm. The Aeropolis, which is the platform for China's Aviation Industry, is 50 kilometers between Xian and Yanliang. It is much like the Aerospace/Aviation Parks in Moffett Field and Burbank California that began to sprout US aviation start-ups in the early 1960s like Lockheed, McDonald Douglas and Hughes Aircraft. Over 40 square kilometers of land has been dedicated to the ascent of China's new Aviation Industry Manufacturing Complex, which will rival the aviation and aerospace industry in the European Union and the United States.

The Aeropolis is located near Xi'an, a world famous cultural city and international tourist city with a history of more than 8,000 years, which is one of the cradles for human civilization and the Chinese Nation, the starting point of the ancient Silk Road. The city fathers still talk about the visit to this ancient eighth wonder of the world when former President Bill Clinton and Senator Hillary Clinton visited the Terra Cotta Warriors & Horses of Emperor Qinshihuang. Airforce One landed in Yanliang on the runway used by the flight training Institute and the Clinton's limousine traveled on the modern highway constructed between Xi'an and Yanliang.

Xi'an and Yanliang are located in Shaanxi province with the most intensive aviation industry in China. Over sixty percent of China's aerospace and aviation industry is located in the province. There are 41 corporations and state enterprises devoted to the aviation industry, of which 28 are industrial enterprises and five research academies and institutes. There are also the Xi'an Aircraft Industry Group, the producer of Feibao, Y7 and Y8 air transport planes, Xi'an Aero-Engine Group Ltd., the producer of Spey jet engines and the first turbine fan engine produced in China, Qing'an Space Equipment Company that manufactures aviation hydraulic pressure accessories and Yuandong Company that produces mechanical control systems, as well as number of national aviation technology development centers, key labs, plants and institutes for the production of aviation wheels, electric machinery, meters, forge and castings, flight control, control and guides and numerous testing systems.

The city of Yanliang has been given all the capital, labor and land resources by China's Aviation and Aerospace Ministries. The 16th National Congress of the Chinese Party Congress has chosen to promote the implementation of the state strategy for the large-scale development of the western region and to meet the objectives for a 21st Century jump-start of China's Aviation Industry. Over 125,000 people currently live in Yanliang of which is expected to grow to 500 aviation companies with total revenues of $2.5 billion USD. The population is estimated to increase over 100 percent.

The area for the Xi'an Aeropolis has been divided into six zones; namely, manufacturing, research and development, aviation exhibitions, training centers, commercial and residential space. Twenty-five percent of the money to build this new Aviation City will come from the Xi'an High Tech Zone and 75 percent from the Banking Community. By 2005, the current city will be almost unrecognizable. The Stalinist era buildings of the Aircraft Institute (AVIC) Group Co. Ltd., Xi'an Aircraft Industry Group Co., Ltd., - the largest manufacturer of civil and military aircraft in China, and the Flight Test Research Institute that trains China's pilots, will be replaced with ultra modern steel and glass office towers with malls that will feature retail shopping outlets with Western venues like, Pizza Hut, KFC and McDonalds fast food restaurants.

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