China’s Aviation Push Has Aircraft Manufacturers Ready For Takeoff

SHANGHAI—Above Shanghai’s skyline, things are eerily quiet: the helicopters and small planes that whir over other cities in the world are hardly ever seen here, or anywhere across China, thanks to decades-old airspace restrictions and a dearth of airstrips and heliports.

China has fewer than 4,000 helicopters and light aircraft, according to the U.S.-based General Aviation Manufacturers Association—fewer than New Zealand, and a…

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