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  • Completing the applicant to build an application, the General Administration of 138 orders to prepare the required documents and information.
  • The application materials submitted to the seat of the Regional Administration of Civil Aviation of First Instance.

Regional Administration will apply for the preparation of publicity about the case of the Internet business, and made preliminary comments CAAC in 20 working days.

  • There is no significant public opposition, the Civil Aviation Administration made a preliminary decision to grant preparation and online publicity. Make the final decision based on the publicity the case. Publicity raised significant objections, the applicant, if the interested party requests a hearing, according to the provisions of the Civil Aviation Administration organized a hearing, make a preliminary decision on whether to grant a hearing to build according to the results. Grant to build and make the final decision after online publicity. Work at the date the application is received more than 20 working days from the completion of (except the hearing time).
  • Serve a written decision: preparation of grant, from the date of the decision within 10 working days of the service of the decision to build the approval shall be published; not planning to build, since the date of the decision made within 10 working days after written notice of the application people reasons.
  • During the establishment of the enterprise base to build the airport, the business scope is changed, the report approved by the Civil Aviation Administration; build responsible, capital formation, business address, contact information is changed, the change shall be filed in the 10 working days after the CAAC.


Required Documents[edit]

  • To build the application;
  • The preparation of the feasibility study, which includes:
    • Area general aviation market demand;
    • The proposed operation of the project and feasibility models, work area, base airports and other facilities, equipment compatible with its;
    • Sources and channels of aviation personnel training;
    • The reliability of the technical quality of work;
    • Economic forecast analysis;
  • The person responsible for the preparation of the seniority list and identification;
  • The preparation of two or more investment should be provided by the shareholders agreement signed contract. Among investors for the enterprise shall provide a copy of the business license, the investor is a natural person, should provide proof of identity;
  • Foreign investment, the applicant should be required to foreign investment in civil aviation industry, for the project proposal and feasibility study report and approval procedures, provide the appropriate approval documents.

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Civil Aviation Administration of the Secretary of Management Services Market
Mailing Address: Beijing East Fourth Street, 155 West
Zip Code: 100710
Tel: 010-64091960
Fax: 010-64048814

Flight Standards CAAC Flight Standards Department Secretary:
Dong Si 155 West Main Street
Zip: 100710
Tel: 010-64091409

North Administration Flight Standards Service:
Beijing Capital International Airport
Postcode: 100621
Telephone: 010-64594950

East China Administration Flight Standards Service:
Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport
Postcode: 200335
Telephone: 021-51128313

South Africa Administration Flight Standards Service:
Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport
Postcode: 510406
Telephone: 020-86130842

Southwest Administration Flight Standards Service:
Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport
Postcode: 610202
Telephone: 028-85702489

Northwest Administration Flight Standards Service:
Labor Xi'an Road No. 207
Zip: 710082
Tel: 029-88791283

Northeast Administration Flight Standards Service:
Dadong xiaoheyan Road,
Zip code: 110043
Tel: 024-88293739

Xinjiang Administration Flight Standards Service:
Urumqi Welcome Road 46
Zip: 830016
Tel: 0991-3801187

Oversight Authority:
Address: Beijing Capital International Airport in east safe operation
Zip: 100621
Tel: 010-64593037

Oversight Authority:
Address: Beijing Capital International Airport in east safe operation
Tel: 021-51126163
Zip: 200335

South Africa safe operation Oversight Authority:
Address: Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport
Tel: 020-86122513
Zip: 510406



Aircraft operators using aircrafts for commercial purpose.


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Processing Time[edit]

20 working days

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The establishment of a public air transport enterprise shall meet the following conditions:

  • less than 3 purchase or lease and comply with the relevant requirements of the civil aircraft;
  • the main person in charge is responsible for overall management of the enterprise should have a public air transport enterprise management capabilities, director of flight, aircraft maintenance, and other professional and technical work of the responsible person shall comply with the relevant requirements of the civil aviation regulations, the legal representative for Chinese citizens;
  • with professional and technical personnel in line with the requirements of the Civil Aviation Regulations;
  • less than the minimum registered capital of the State Council;
  • with the desired base airport operators and other fixed premises and equipment;
  • other necessary conditions for the Civil Aviation Administration regulations.

Required Information[edit]

  • Company name or personal name
  • The residence
  • The use of the base airport
  • Aircraft models (four) used
  • The person in charge, or personal identification number
  • The scope of activities and projects
  • Registration Number
  • The registration category
  • The activity period
  • The registration authority and registration dates


Need for the Document[edit]

An air operator's certificate (AOC) is the approval granted by China Civil Aviation Authority to an aircraft operator to allow it to use aircraft for commercial purposes. This requires the operator to have personnel, assets and system in place to ensure the safety of its employees and the general public. The certificate will list the aircraft types and registrations to be used, for what purpose and in what area - specific airports or geographic region.

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External Links[edit]

Public air transport enterprise operating license

Aircraft Commercial Transport Operators operational certification

Foreign Air Carrier Operational certification

Large public air transport aircraft carrier operational certification


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