CAAC deputy administrator Hu Zhenjiang emphasized the agency's commitment to aviation safety on Thursday during a keynote presentation at the China Business Aviation Safety Day 2021 in Chengdu, which was jointly hosted by AsBAA and the U.S.-China Aviation Cooperation Program (ACP). The event hosted more than 150 business aircraft pilots, OEMs, MROs, FBOs, EMS, airport, and government representatives in the year's first in-person event for the Asian business aviation industry.
NTSB chairman Robert Sumwalt and FAA Office of General Aviation Safety Assurance director Robert Ruiz also spoke virtually from Washington, D.C., during the keynote. Sumwalt presented business aviation accident case studies and discussed the importance of following SOPs and “being a professional.” Hu echoed Sumwalt's remarks on the importance of professionalism among the “ecosystem of aircrew, operator, and airport management.” He also encouraged budding Chinese GA and business aviation operators to “proactively adopt” safety management systems (SMS) and promised for the “parallel development” of both commercial and general aviation in China.
The event also featured expert presentation sessions that covered the necessity of cultivating a safety culture, implementing effective SMS, human factors, maintenance, and ground handling, among others. In addition to the presentations were panel discussions on topics relevant to business aircraft operators in mainland China. AsBAA aims to host more aviation safety events elsewhere in the Asia-Pacific region later this year.