FREDERICK, Md. — Frederick Municipal Airport’s general aviation business model proved educational for a delegation from China on July 25.
Frederick Municipal Airport hosted a delegation from Chengde, China, on July 25. The group wanted to learn more about how general aviation works in the United States, according to a news release from the City of Frederick.
e group wanted to gain a better understanding of airport management, facility development, project financing, business development and the role of local government.
The Federal Aviation Administration’s Foreign Affairs Office assisted with coordinating the visit.
The delegates heard presentations from Airport Manager Rick Johnson and representatives of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, Maryland State Police Trooper 3, Signature Flight Support, Richard Crouse and Associates, Frederick Flight Center,and Bravo Flight Training.
Chengde Vice Mayor Li Jinyu traveled with several colleagues: Wang Yi, director, Chengde Municipal Development and Reform Commission; Cao Zuojin, mayor, Pingquan County government; Sun Fulai, director, Chengde Airport Construction and Management Bureau; and Wu Yichen, interpreter, English Lecturer of Hebei Tourism Vocational College, the news release reported.
The delegation toured the air traffic control tower and learned how FDK enables the smooth flow of aircraft into nearby commercial service airports by easing congestion and thus fulfilling its role as a reliever airport, according to Johnson.
“This was a great opportunity to show how general aviation airports drive economic activity and provide incredible benefit to a community beyond transportation,” Johnson said.