AEROJONES GAINS INDEPENDENT APPROVAL
Successfully Completes Chinese CAAC Audit
Xiamen, CHINA / 28 February 2018 — In February 2018, the Civil Aeronautic Administration of China (CAAC) completed a successful audit of the manufacturing facility of AeroJones Aviation Technology Co., Ltd., based in Xiamen, China. With this achievement, the China manufacturer can independently manufacture CTLS aircraft and sell them throughout China and other countries in the region.
“We are very honored and pleased to complete the CAAC audit successfully,” observed Mr. Hsieh Chi-Tai, General Aviation Development Vice President for AeroJones Aviation Technology Co., Ltd. “By proving our company to China’s highest civil aviation authority, we open a new door of opportunity for AeroJones Aviation and for the country of China.” CAAC authorities visited AeroJones Aviation in Xiamen in November 2017 and twice in January 2018 before finishing the audit in February.
Until completing a thorough audit to be granted a Production Certificate, AeroJones partnered with the German company that originated the CTLS design. Now, AeroJones Aviation has proven itself capable in every way and can independently produce aircraft to serve the growing Chinese market. Previous approvals by Chinese aviation authorities secured a Chinese Type Design Approval (TDA).
In addition to China, AeroJones Aviation is able to ship fully manufactured aircraft to other Asia-Pacific countries including Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Japan, Korea, Thailand, and other countries in the region.
The CTLS Light-Sport Aircraft has been a leading seller in the world’s largest aviation market (USA) and in 40 other countries. The German company will supply western nations while AeroJones Aviation serves the Asia-Pacific market. Many aviation experts believe China will be a nation of rapid growth with plans from the central government in China to build thousands of airports during the next few years.
“We are proud and pleased that our management, engineering, and manufacturing team performed well during the February audit of our production facility,” said Jack Lin, Production Vice President for the operation in Xiamen, China. “We have been working very hard for three years to insure we can produce the highest quality aircraft.”
The Xiamen, China base of AeroJones Aviation Technology Co., Ltd. includes a new manufacturing facility equipped with all the appropriate fixtures, tooling, and highly-trained workers. The majority of components for the CTLS aircraft can be built on the Xiamen premises.
In addition to the manufacturing operation in Xiamen, China, AeroJones Aviation Technology Co., Ltd. also operates an engineering bureau in Wildau, Germany and an active flight school in Pingtong, Taiwan. The company expects to replicate its flight school concept in many cities of China as the airport construction projects leads to activity in those locations.
“We believe we have all the elements in place so we can assist China’s growth in civil, sport, and recreational aviation,” said Hsieh Chi-Tai, General Aviation Development Vice President of AeroJones Aviation Technology Co., Ltd. “The delivery is meaningful for Chinese general aviation industry. We have demonstrated the capability to produce high quality Light-Sport Aircraft (LSA) and sell them worldwide.”
With the prior Type Design Approval and now the new Production Approval for CTLS, AeroJones Aviation is fully ready to help Chinese citizens “Enjoy the Sky!”