Tuesday, June 13, 2017

China: Online streaming site to crack down on sales of unregistered aircraft

China's live broadcast app Kuaishou says it will investigate accounts whose owners are involved in the trade of unregistered small planes.

The products that can fly and remain in the sky for extended periods are made in workshops that lack any sort of certification for production or navigation, the Beijing News reported. In addition, buyers have to assemble the aircraft by themselves.

Xie Baogang, with the online username "Feitian Shaojiang," has 250,000 fans on Kuaishou. His personal page displays 327 videos, most of which are about rotary-wing aircraft. Xie's rotary-wing aircraft production factory is located in Dezhou, Shandong province. His products are priced at 130,000 RMB and 350,000 RMB, for single-seat and double-seat aircraft respectively. Other than the engines, which are imported, all other parts of the aircraft are reportedly made by Xie himself.

Xie has been selling rotary-wing aircraft for seven years to hobbyists all across the country.

"The aircraft are very safe and won't fall apart while they are flying," he promised, while at the same time admitting that no buyers will apply for navigation certificates.

"Buyers usually fly the aircraft in the countryside, where supervision is lax. It's even okay to fly in urban areas as long as the aircraft don't take off and land [there]," Xie added.

Zhang Qizhun, director of the aviation law committee of the Beijing Bar Association, emphasized that such activity is illegal. According to China's Civil Aviation Law and Regulations for the Administration of the Airworthiness of Civil Aircraft, aircraft producers have to obtain type and production certificates before they are allowed to design and produce civil aircraft.

Original article can be found here: http://en.people.cn

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