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Alexandria, Va. – From April 16-18, officers from HAI attended the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE) in Shanghai, China.

ABACE is the region’s largest trade show dedicated to business aviation. The event brings together the various sectors of the Chinese aviation industry and other international companies looking to expand into the rapidly growing Asian market.

HAI President Matt Zuccaro (left) with Kevin Wu, vice chairman Asian Business Aircraft Association and VP Cessna Asia at the ABACE opening ceremony

Speakers at the show's opening ceremony included Gary Locke, U.S. Ambassador to China; Council President Roberto Kobeh Gonzalez, International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO); a representative from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC); Chairman Nianzu Wu, Shanghai Airport Authority (SAA); President and CEO Ed Bolen, National Business Aviation Association (NBAA).

From left to right: Kai Duell, GAMA China Rep; Ed Smith, GAMA VP Intnl Affairs; Pete Bunce, president of GAMA; Matt Zuccaro, president of HAI; Chris Jaran, Bell Helicopter managing director China

Attendees were extremely interested in talking with HAI and learning about the opportunities for rotary-wing aviation in China. HAI’s safety and educational products were particularly well received.

HAI President Matt Zuccaro and Harold Summers, HAI’s director of flight operations and technical services, met with existing HAI members and potential new members, and the heads of a number of general aviation (GA) associations. They also spoke with a number of Chinese government officials and representatives of companies interested in exhibiting at HAI HELI-EXPO 2014 in Anaheim, California.

Doreen Zuccaro, Zhilin Summers and Harold Summers greet attendees at the HAI booth

Zuccaro gave a presentation on the international helicopter community and the enormous potential for the growth of helicopter operations in China. He was joined by Chris Jaran, Bell Helicopter’s managing director for China. Topics discussed included safety, fleet analysis, pilot and mechanic shortage and the need for training, and regulatory and legislative restrictions.

Matt Zuccaro discusses the helicopter industry at ABACE

Also discussed was the need to establish a China Helicopter Association with HAI assisting in that effort. HAI would greatly look forward to welcoming such an association as an HAI Affiliate Member.

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