How to fly in China Airspace - Part 1

How to fly in China Airspace - Part 1

Hello everyone!

Today I am going to tell you how to fly in China. This is the Part 1 and we are talking about China RVSM, Beijing No-Fly Zone and Parallel Runways Operation Regulations.


China RVSM

As we all know, China is one of the few countries in the world that uses metric units. Therefore, when flying in China, we need to comply with China RVSM. The airspace of China RVSM is between FL291 (8900m) and FL411 (12500m). When you fly at every level, you should add another 100ft, for example, when you want to fly at 38,000ft, you shouldn’t set FL380, FL381 is the right Flight Level you should set. For more information, you can check the picture below.


Beijing No-Fly Zone

Beijing is the capital of China. And there is a No-Fly Zone established to protect national security. When you fly over, fly into or fly out Beijing, you must not fly into the No-Fly Zone to make you have a more realistic experience. Here is a chart of Beijing Capital International Airport Runway 01 RNAV Approach. You can find the No-Fly Zone in the chart.

(The specific coordinates of the no-fly zone are confidential information so I can’t publish)

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You can check our last tutorial here!
How to do a pattern properly at Beijing Xijiao Airport (ZBBB)


Parallel Runways Operation Regulations

CAAC is very strict at Multi-runway airport operation. Here are some regulations of Parallel Runways Operation. Parallel Runways Operation Regulations are divided into four types, Independent Parallel Approach, Dependent Parallel Approach, Independent Parallel Departure, Segregated Parallel Operation. Now, I will show you the details.

The independent parallel instrument approach mode

The independent parallel instrument approach mode

The independent parallel instrument approach mode refers to the operation mode of the instrument landing system approach on parallel runways when the aircraft approaching on the adjacent parallel runway instrument landing system does not need to be equipped with a specified radar interval.

When the distance between the centerlines of two parallel runways is not less than 1035 meters, the aircraft is allowed to operate in an independent parallel instrument approach mode.

The related parallel instrument approach mode

The related parallel instrument approach mode

The related parallel instrument approach mode refers to the operation mode of the instrument landing system approach on parallel runways when the aircraft approaching on the adjacent parallel runway instrument landing system needs to be equipped with a specified radar interval.

A When the distance between the centerlines of two parallel runways is not less than 915 meters, the aircraft is allowed to operate in the mode of related parallel instrument approach.

The independent parallel departure mode

The independent parallel departure mode

The independent parallel departure mode refers to the operation mode in which the departing aircraft take off simultaneously in the same direction on parallel runways. However, when the distance between two parallel runways is less than 760 meters and the aircraft may be affected by wake turbulence, the clearance interval of the aircraft departing from the parallel runway shall be implemented in accordance with the clearance interval specified for one runway.

In the following circumstances, the distance between the centerline of the runway shall meet the following requirements:

  • Based on the direction of the approach, when the approach runway threshold is offset by 150 meters from the departure runway threshold, the minimum distance between parallel runway centerlines can be reduced by 30 meters, but the minimum distance between parallel runway centerlines must not be Less than 300 meters;

  • Based on the direction of the approach, when the approach runway threshold is offset by 150 meters from the departure runway threshold, the minimum distance between parallel runway centerlines should be increased by 30 meters.

The Isolation parallel operation mode

The Isolation parallel operation mode

The Isolation parallel operation mode refers to simultaneous operations on parallel runways. One runway is only used for departure and the other runway is only used for approach.


Thanks for reading! That’s today’s tutorial! Part 2 will coming soon! Enjoy your flight in China!


Credit

Leader @CrisYe
Pictures @Piggywu
Special Thanks @Berlin_N

This topic only used to Chinese Mainland. Taiwan Province, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and Macao Special Administrative Region are not the same as Chinese Mainland so I didn’t include them

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Very informative! Great job!
Welcome to fly in China everyone 😉

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Yeah, uhh I don’t mind about that, but maybe just put Taiwan (just like you didn’t put SAR in front of Hong Kong) because there are Taiwanese IFC users that might not feel comfortable about that, and there is also a new politics rule.

But anyways, nice topic, I didn’t know China uses the metric system for aviation.

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I agree with you, or they can mention Taiwan (ROC) & PRC to define clearly, as foreigners usually have confuse of this issues due to the complicated history of “China”…

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It’s also not allowed to overfly it, which makes for a nearly 90° turn at times, called the Beijing Corner as far as I am aware.

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Nice tutorial Cris! I’m glad that I’m providing pictures for this😄

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Thanks! I forgot to add fly over lol 😂 I will introduce how to fly in China in next parts

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Thank you! Didn’t know about it it’s very informative

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Thanks! I was always wondering why that extra 100ft was there whenever I was looking at flights over China

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Great work, 谢谢

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I am looking forward to see your second part @CrisYe hahaha

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I am making it 👀👀👀