China, or officially The People's Republic of China, is rapidly becoming one of the world's Gulfstream hotspots. Almost 100 Gulfstream airframes have a B- registration already and new aircraft are delivered every month. Before and after a Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) aviation tour, Hong Kong and Beijing were visited. Goal? Score a lot of B-registered Gulfstreams!
Next stop? Beijing! More bizjets, more Gulfstreams! Bizjets at Beijing Capital International Airport are parked at a lot of different places but most aircraft can be easily seen. A nice spot for photographing parked bizjets is outside Terminal 2. Free shuttle buses are running between the three terminals. When leaving Terminal 2 from the upper level turn left and follow the (busy) terminal access road for a few hundred meters. The parked aircraft cannot be missed!
Another great viewing spot is Terminal 3. From the inside of the terminal the main bizjet areas and almost all arriving and departing traffic can be seen. When going outside Terminal 3 and following the road to the right, a park (with a pond) can be found. The park area gives various possibilities to get a closer look at the FBO's and even has a viewing-hill with a nice overview on the airport. Further down the road, when passing the park, there is a pedestrian bridge over the main road. From this bridge a different angle view on the FBO's and parked bizjets is possible.
17-09-2015 Beijing Capital International Airport
G200 B-8083 (037), N688AJ (242) G450 B-8166 (4216) G550 B-8302 (5437)
18-09-2015 Beijing Capital International Airport
GIV C-FHPM (1103), B-8091 (1144) G450 N717DX (4107), B-8096 (4178), B-8290 (4264) G550 B-8131 (5289), B-LDL (5335), B-3003 (5478), B-8373 (5483) G650 N886WT (6017), G-REFO (6075), N898NC (6125)
19-09-2015 Beijing Capital International Airport
G450 B-LWW (4187), B-8267 (4267), B-8271 (4271), B-8278 (4287) G550 B-8270 (5019), B-8297 (5423)
After these three days we boarded an Air Koryo Tu-204 and flew towards a fascinating and very special DPRK experience. As you all can guess, we did not see a single bizjet during the whole week!
On 26 September we returned to Beijing. Some weeks before the trip we got the information that on this Saturday the China International Business Aviation Show (CIBAS) would have its last day. Held at the Flight Inspection Center of the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) this was a great opportunity to visit the show and more importantly get close to the CAAC bizjets (of which most were present during the visit). The CAAC is the aviation authority in China (as a subsidiary of the Ministry of Transport) and oversees civil aviation and investigates aviation accidents and incidents. Besides different other types of aircraft (e.g. Cessna Citations) the CAAC operates a G450 (B-8099). Next to the Flight Inspection Center there also is a FBO area with a lot of bizjets parked. This area can normally not be reached or seen from the outside. Despite the fact that China is becoming the fastest-growing business aviation market worldwide CIBAS cannot be compared to the well-known EBACE or NBAA trade shows. In total 5 bizjets and 2 helicopters were parked outside in front of the CAAC hangars and formed the static display.
26-09-2015 Beijing Capital International Airport - CIBAS static
G450 B-8250 (4234) G550 N550GD (5477)
26-09-2015 Beijing Capital International Airport
G200 B-8121 (22) G450 B-8099 (4168), N167AD (4197), B-LAS (4202) G550 B-8135 (5023), B-8108 (5120), B-8122 (5269), B-8288 (5329), B-8157 (5342), B-8258 (5360), B-8261 (5364)
27-09-2015 Beijing Capital International Airport
G450 B-8155 (4154) G550 B-8123 (5274), B-8259 (5357)
28-09-2015 Beijing Capital International Airport
G450 B-LWW (4187) G550 B-8125 (5276), B-8260 (5373) G650 VP-CTS (6082)
29-09-2015 Beijing Capital International Airport
G280 B-8305 (2032) G550 N128GV (5363) G650 N288WB (6093)