Pictured: Scott Jiang, Regional Director for China, gives a tour to Chinese business officials of the N810RM aircraft during the US Aviation Trade Show designed to promote the US aviation industry in China during March 2017 (Photo by James Carbone for the San Bernardino Sun/SCNG)

Threshold Aviation Group (Threshold) has announced a deal to establish and operate training centres for Chinese pilots and mechanics as well as to establish airparks and fixed base operations.

The deal comes less than a year after Threshold hosted a trade show at its Chino Airport hangar as part of the ‘Inaugural U.S.-China General Aviation Business Conference,’ sponsored by Threshold and the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

To gain a foothold in China, Threshold has partnered with YXST Aviation Industry Development Co. LTD., which holds the exclusive right to develop six airports with the possibility of adding more.

This summer, approximately 10 Chinese pilots and mechanics will come to Threshold for intensive training in general aviation skills. Later, a younger group will be coming over to gain pilot or aircraft maintenance certifications. They will take hands-on classes at Threshold which will be supplemented by online coursework.

Threshold anticipates a spike in business for several years as the Chinese seek to develop their general aviation industry. Eventually, however, the company expects the Chinese will take over this training themselves.

“This is a huge, literally huge opportunity for Threshold Aviation Group to expand its business with nearly limitless potential,” said Mark Dilullo, Threshold’s CEO and owner. “The Chinese aviation market has the potential to eventually be the largest (general) aviation market in the world, and we are in on the ground floor of that providing critical services to help get it off the ground."