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Past Activities

Here you can find information about the past activities of the EU-China APP. To get more information about the activities implemented so far, please contact Kinga Katus:

HEMS experience exchange regulation

Zurich and Munich, 26 July – 1 August 2017


The HEMS experience exchange took place in Switzerland and Germany from 26 July to 1 August 2017.

The delegation visited Rega in Zurich. The visit included a detailed introduction of the Rega HEMS operation at their headquarters at Zurich Airport and at a HEMS base station in Lucarno. Topics on financing, developing HEMS operations in China were discussed. At the same time, EASA presented airworkthiness and certification requirements for HEMS. The Swiss Helicopter Association presented their work and how they support the improvement of HEMS by lobbying rule-making bodies against over-regulation and to ensure that new technologies can be accommodated by HEMS rules. At the latter Leonardo Helicopter shared the Italian HEMS system as well as the Leonardo Helicopter fleet that is used for HEMS mission.

The visit to the newly established alpine rescue centre at Bad Tölz, Germany attracted a lot of attention from the delegation. It provides a cost efficient way to train common HEMS scenarios. Test-training for parties interested in establishing their own training centre.The delegation visited Airbus Helicopters in Donauwörth, Germany. AH presented strong AH HEMS market share, different HEMS solutions and the safety features of their product range. The visit to the first HEMS operation base in Germany in 1971 provided the delegates with the opportunity to compare HEMS services in Germany and Switzerland. After the visit to ADAC the delegation was introduced to the newly established Munich Operation Control Centre. It is one of 26 integrated OCCs in Bavaria.

Airport Security Experience Exchange in Europe

19-26 July 2017, Warsaw, Prague and Budapest

Recent years have seen a surge in direct connection between China and Central-Eastern Europe, resulting in the current six connections between these regions. Both China and the EU Member States are interested in opening up new routes, linking second-tier cities with major Central-Eastern European cities. The objective of this experience exchange visit was to provide a comprehensive overview of the security procedures at Central and Eastern European airports. The CAAC delegation led by Director General of the Security Department Mr. Wei Yajun visited the national aviation authorities and airports in Warsaw, Prague and Budapest. Discussions highlighted recent trends in passenger and cargo screening methods and latest technologies for airport security equipment.

Helicopter Flight Standards and Safety Promotion

14-21 June 2017, Germany and France

The experience exchange visit on helicopter flight standards and safety promotion took place in Europe (France and Germany) from 15 to 20 June 2017.

The exchange started in Aix-en-Provance, where the French Directorate General for Civil Aviation (DGAC) Oversight Office welcomed the delegation led by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). DGAC presented their organisation, overview of national helicopter operations rules within the European regulatory framework, national helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) regulatory framework, national safety promotion initiatives for HEMS operations and related oversight work conducted in France.

The delegation appreciated the lively and informative discussions during which the CAAC oversight system and its activities including helicopter operations were also presented.

On 16 June, a dedicated visit to Babcock, the leading HEMS operator in France took place. Their HEMS operations, as well as the operator safety management system, were presented and discussed. The programme continued with a helicopter demo flight organised by Airbus Helicopters (AH) to Marseille Airport. On this occasion, AH presented and discussed in depth the company’s safety system with the CAAC delegation.

The next destination of the experience exchange was Cologne where EASA welcomed the delegation with the objective to support CAAC in the revision of the Chinese helicopter OPS regulations. These revisions are part of a larger effort to promote the development of HEMSs in China. Following a first exchange in Beijing in 2016, discussions went much more into detail with the delegation showing great interest in topics such as commander qualifications and experience, staffing and work of the Operations Control Centre (OCC), approval of medical equipment, Global Positioning System (GPS) and Visual Flight Rules (VFR) based navigation for HEMS.

The last stop of the experience exchange was the German HEMS operator Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil Club (ADAC). ADAC presented its Koblenz rescue station and the HEMS Flight Academy in Sankt Augustin where the delegation had an opportunity to learn about ADAC operations, functioning of the OCC, Flight Crew and Technical Crew training and simulator training.

The exchange visit was organised under the umbrella of the EU-China Aviation Partnership Project (APP) with the support of Airbus Helicopters, ADAC, the French DGAC and other European partners. Promoting HEMS in China is an ongoing theme that the project will continue to support in future. For more details, please visit the upcoming activities page or contact the Project team.

Safety Management of Air Traffic Management (ATM) and Airport

13-16 June 2017, Chengdu

This workshop discussed two interconnected topics: prevention of runway incursions as well as separation of apron and runway control. The activity brought together experts form the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the Air Traffic Control Division from the Air Traffic Management Bureau (ATMB) of the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC ATMB) and the ATM Engineering Technology Institute from the second research institute of CAAC in Chengdu.

The European experts outlined the regulatory environment for a safety management system at airports and illustrated that with examples and experience from European airports. Presentations given by the head of tower operations from Beijing Capital International Airport (BCIA) and from the Nanjing University Research Institute introduced the current technical solutions in order to prevent runway incursions. A representative of Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport presented on the model of apron and runway control separation and the establishment of a runway safety management team.

50 participants attended the workshops from the different regional ATMB offices in China as well as from research institutes as the Institute of Air Traffic Management from the Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Furthermore, participants came from Beijing Capital International Airport, Guangzhou New Baiyun International Airport, Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport, Xi’An Xianyang International Airport and Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport.

The presentations of case studies by ATMB and airport representatives as well by the EASA experts led to lively discussions on interface management issues as well as process management in general. The exchange of information between different stakeholders in China is still a major challenge and likely a subject of further airport related activities of the EU-China Aviation Partnership Project. 

To download workshop presentations please click here (13-14)here(15-16) for password please contact 

1st CAAC-EASA Aviation Safety Conference

27-28 April 2017, Shanghai

The Executive Director of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), Mr Patrick Ky and the Deputy Administrator of the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), Mr Li Jian today opened the first joint Safety Conference organised by the two administrations, bringing together leading CEOs from the European and Chinese aviation industry. The conference marks a new high in aviation ties between the European Union and China. These have steadily grown closer over recent years.
In the presence of CAAC Administrator Feng Zhenglin and the European Commission Director General for Mobility and Transport Mr Henrik Hololei, leading members of the aviation community discussed progress on establishing a future Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement (BASA) between China and the European Union.

Click here to read more.

APP Steering Committee Meeting

26 April 2017, Shanghai

The annual APP Steering Committee Meeting brought together the leaders from EASA and CAAC including Executive Director Patrick Ky and Deputy Administrator Li Jian. As the project was closing its first year, this was an opportunity to overview the first achievements and discussed up to 15 activities proposed for implementation between May -December 2017.

A Letter of Intent was signed between the leadership of the two organisation to further strengthen cooperation.  

New activities for 2017 include:

  • Airworthiness: Engine certification and validation workshop

  • HEMS: Helicopter flight standards and safety promotion

  • Safety promotion: Accident incident investigation workshop

  • Airports: Safety management for prevention of runway incursions

  • ATM: CNS technology implementation – experience exchange in Europe

  • Economic: Slot allocation workshop

…plus 10 more!


Click here to download an infographic about the 1st year achievements.
For more details contact the project team.

Regulators Auditing Technique's Training

11-13 April 2017, Beijing

This training was designed for staff working in regulatory environments. The training covered the complete audit cycle from initial planning to final closure. It outlined methods on how to implement practical, value-adding solutions in response to audit findings, including latest thinking and industry best practice with regards to audit techniques.

Civil Military Cooperation for the Flexible Use of Airspace

6-7 April 2017, Beijing

This conference on Civil Military Cooperation in ATM discussed the regulatory framework for flexible use of airspace an exchanged on operational experience. Chinese Participants came from the China Air Force ATM Bureau, the Regional ATMBs in China, the Central ATMB and the CAAC Air Traffic Regulation Office. Different approaches to “civil-military cooperation” in the European Aviation system were introduced by representatives from France, Germany and the Czech Republic with speakers coming from the military community and the civil Air Navigation Service Providers. The conference also provided the opportunity to European industry to present their ATFM solutions. IATA and the three big Chinese carriers, Air China, China Eastern and China Southern Airlines, as well as KLM from Europe outlined user benefits and expectations on the flexible use of airspace from the airlines’ perspective. The ICAO RSO Beijing gave an overview about civil military cooperation and flexible use of airspace in the Asia Pacific Region. IATA North Asia complemented this with user views on benefits and expectations from the implementation of flexible use of airspace in China. The conference counted about 150 participants in the Grand Ballroom of the Civil Aviation Management Institute of China. It was organized by the EU-China Aviation Partnership Project, managed by EASA, in cooperation with the Chinese ATMB, ICAO RSO Beijing and IATA North Asia.


You can find the supporting resources for this activity here. A password is required, to get it please contact Yanling Zheng at

Ramp Inspection and Third Country Operators Best Practice Exchange Workshop

28-30 March 2017, Kunming

The European and Chinese ramp inspection practices and foreign air carrier programmes were in the spotlight of this workshop organised by the EU-China Aviation Partnership Project (APP) on 28-29 March in Kunming, China. Experts from the EASA Foreign Operators Section delivered detailed presentations on the SAFA (Safety Assessment of Foreign Aircraft) programme and the EU’s TCO (Third Country Operators) authorisation process. CAAC presented their respective programmes in China. Industry representatives from KLM Royal Dutch Airlines shared valuable industry experience with the participants. The two days exchange also included live demonstrations of the respective EASA databases in use, which were particularly well received by the audience that included representatives from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), CAAC regional administrations and Chinese carriers.

You can find the supporting resources for this activity here. A password is required, to get it please contact Yanling Zheng at

Flight Simulation Training Device (FSTD) Workshop

9-10 March 2017, Beijing

The two-day workshop was organised in Beijing to discuss the latest trends and regulatory approaches in the field of Flight Simulation Training Device (FSTD).

The first day of the workshop provided the opportunity for EASA and the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) to introduce their respective framework of regulations and management of FSTD, including audit and surveillance requirements. EASA Senior Expert on Training Devices, Jens Krueger delivered presentations covering the European regulatory structure, the coordination between EASA and Members States on the management of FSTD and operators’ audit, among others.

During the second day of the workshop, the spotlight was on FSTD with regards to helicopters, featuring a comprehensive insight from the EASA OSD Expert, Roel Huymans as well as industry representatives from Thales. Presentations were followed by an extensive exchange, where the participants discussed such questions as evaluation pricing and complaint handling procedures, the different data packages applicable to helicopters and fixed wing aircraft and specifications on evaluation methods.

You can find the supporting resources for this activity here. A password is required, to get it please contact Yanling Zheng at

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