Fasten your seatbelts for takeoff and other things


China has fewer than 4,000 helicopters and light aircraft, according to the U.S.-based General Aviation Manufacturers Association—fewer than New Zealand, and a fraction of the 210,000 aircraft operating in the U.S. But that is changing. China’s leaders have decided to promote general aviation. The trigger for change came last year when the State Council, China’s top policy-making body, published a blueprint signaling the transformation of general aviation into a $150 billion industry by 2020.

It said China would liberalize airspace below 3,000 meters (nearly 10,000 feet), buy thousands of aircraft and build 500 new general-aviation airports within four years (the country has 300 today). That sounded ambitious enough, but when a local newspaper recently counted the airport projects already under way it found 934 of them. The recent spate of aircraft orders suggest growth is accelerating. China’s helicopter fleet nearly doubled to 907 aircraft between 2013 and 2016.

Chart here. China’s airlines will add 3200 aircraft to their fleets in a decade, more than doubling capacity. Pretty impressive.

Bonus unfun insanities: what’s the latest thing to disappear like it was gone with the wind? (Does the Oscar disappear too?) Super additional unfun bonus: we saw an SVU episode, and of course no one thought to address the most glaringly obvious issue, to wit, if 40% or even 20% of any group tries to kill themselves, they detest themselves and any superficial change in them is pretty irrelevant; only a sick society would refuse to confront this, let alone normalize the sickness on TV. Related: is Hurricane Harvey transgender? We need to know

More insanity here. And more: Fighting back against the insanity: we can only hope it is successful, since rewarding scam artists while delegitimizing what 90% of Americans have believed for centuries is truly evil. Again more: what’s wrong with guys like Ryan and McConnell? We truly don’t understand it. Seriously, we do not understand it.

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