ACP Introduction

Who We Are

For more than 14 years, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and US industry have worked together to promote U.S.-China aviation cooperation through a unique public-private partnership known as the U.S.-China Aviation Cooperation Program (ACP).

What We Do

Each year, ACP programs millions of dollars of assistance with help from ACP’s 41 U.S. member companies, and USG advisors. This work is a win-win for both countries, with aviation playing an important and growing role in the overall U.S.-China economic relationship. 

 How Do We Do It

ACP's work is grouped into several categories deemed as priorities for ACP assistance. This assistance takes the form of training, technical assistance, US study tours, and symposia. This work is managed by select ACP Committees on: 1)Airlines, 2) Airports and Infrastructure, 3) Air Traffic and Environment, 4) General Aviation and Business Aviation, 5) Education and Professional Development, and 6) Manufacturing & Airworthiness.

Our Mission

To identify and address common issues important to the growth of China’s aviation system; To undertake joint activities that further safety, capacity, and efficiency.

Our Priorities

Safety and Flight Standards

CAAC/ACP 2015 MOU pledged increased support for training and related activities to promote safety. Each year, for example, CAAC and ACP sponsor two safety symposia—one involving airline operations; and the other on general aviation.

Building Capacity and Efficiency

ACP and CAAC have prioritized assistance for the development of China’s air traffic system. Building on the recent completion of ACP’s Xi’an pilot project and other related activities, CAAC and ACP recently began its Shanghai Area Airspace and Ground Optimization Project with support from the FAA and the US Trade & Development Agency. Chinese and US airlines volunteer their time and participate in these programs.


There is a long-term commitment by CAAC Airworthiness Dept. and ACP to hold select workshops and trainings

Professional & Educational Development

ACP and CAAC are committed to continue Executive Development Training (EMDT); and Air Traffic Management Executive Training (ATMET). 2018 marks the 13th and tenth year respectively of these training programs.

Sustainability, New Technology and Innovation

ACP cooperation with CAAC on a Green Routes pilot project is an example of our joint work to help reduce harmful aviation emissions. This work is an extension of ACP’s ECER work.

General Aviation

The fifth Phase of ACP’s General Aviation Business Aviation Program, which started in 2008 began last year with a focus on general and business aviation models; new technology regulations; aeromedical services; standards for new general aviation and business aviation airports; helicopter and business jet performance training; and flight operation control regulations.

Airport and Infrastructure Development

Under a recently signed MOU by CAAC and ACP, both sides plan to expand and deepen cooperation including:  We are planning US study tours—Airport Emergency Management; Smart Green Hub Airports; and GA Airport Service Providers—training and technical assistance for airport efficiency and operations management; and new technology applications.