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Aviation Leaders from China Focus on
Emergency Preparedness

June 5, 2012

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Guests from China studied emergency preparedness measures both in the field and in the classroom.
Aviation executives from China are getting a firsthand look at how Houston Airports approaches the areas of disaster training and emergency preparedness.

Two dozen executives, sent by China’s Civil Aviation Administration (CAAC), were in Houston from May 29 through June 8, to tour various aviation facilities and learn more about Houston’s best practices in the field of emergency/contingency planning.

“We’ve established a very strong relationship with China’s Civil Aviation administration,” says Kelly Hu, Houston Airports’ director of global initiatives. “We’re thrilled to be able to assist in this very important area. It’s in everyone’s best interest to have the best practices in place at airport facilities around the world.”

Several Chinese government offices are included in the visit, including government offices, educational institutions and airlines such as Air China, Xiamen Airlines, China Eastern Airlines and Sichuan Airlines.

The nine-day visit included seminars, tours and workforce observations at all three of the facilities within Houston Airports (George Bush Intercontinental Airport, William P. Hobby Airport & Ellington Airport), as well as the Houston Emergency Center (HEC).

The visit takes on even greater importance when you consider the challenges that many of the guests have faced in their home country. A major earthquake in 2008, an airline crash in 2010 and a high-rise fire in 2010 have led the Chinese government to make “emergency preparedness” a national priority.

This has led to both the creation of the Division of Contingency Management and outreach efforts such as the one involving Houston Airports.

“Our main goal is to help them structure a clear response plan that can be implemented in the midst of an emergency,” Hu says. “If you’re trying to draft a plan while the emergency situation is unfolding, then you’re going to be at a huge disadvantage.”

Over the past several years, Houston Airports has established itself as an industry leader in offering outstanding professional educational programs, mentoring aviation teams from Africa, the Far East and elsewhere.
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