Hong Kong is a Special Administrative Region of the Republic of China. It is located on China’s south coast, on the opposite side of the Pearl River delta to Macau. It comprises Hong Kong Island, the Kowloon Peninsula, the New Territories and over 200 offshore islands. The largest of these islands is Lantau Island.
The territory of Hong Kong is mainly hilly or mountainous, with steep slopes. The highest mountain is Tai Mo Shan, reaching 957 m (3,140 ft). The long coastline provides many bays, rivers and beaches. The total land area is 1,104 sq km (426 sq miles).
The population of 7,061,200 (2010 figure) is 93.6% Chinese, Indonesian 1.9%, Filipino 1.9%, White 0.2% and others 1.9% (Indian, Pakistani, East Asian). Some 92% of the population is Tao Buddhist, with most of the rest following Christian faiths. The capital city is Central, (previously called Victoria), on Hong Kong Island.
Further National Information
Text to be added on the development of aviation in Hong Kong.
Civil Aircraft Registrations
Under British Colonial rule, civil aircraft in Hong Kong were allocated the registration prefix VR-Hxx in 1929. The first aircraft to use this prefix arrived in 1930.
Upon the transfer of sovereignty to China in 1993, the registration prefix was changed to B-Hxx. The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region maintained control of its own aircraft register after the handover. The initial sequence B-HAA to B-HZZ soon proved insufficient and additional sequences B-KAA to B-KZZ and B-LAA to B-LZZ are now also used.
Military Air Arms
Current military air arms:
There are no current military air arms in Hong Kong.
Historical military air arms:
Air Force (Royal Hong Kong Auxiliary Air Force – RHKAAF) [1949-1993]
Central Government Agencies
Government Aviation (Government Flying Service – GFS)
Coast Guard – Maritime Policing is provided by aircraft from the GFS.
Public Service Aviation
Medical Aviation – EMS and Rescue services are provided by the GFS.
Police Aviation – Police air support is provided by the GFS.
To be added
Aircraft Maintenance/Repair Depots
Civil Airports & Airfields
Airports in Hong Kong
Military Air Bases & Airfields
The Royal Air Force operated from Kai Tak Airport 1927-1993. Shek Kong Airfield (formerly RAF Sek Kong) is now a PLAAF air base. Shatin Airfield was used by the British Army Air Corps 1949-197?.
Hong Kong Science Museum
Magazines Guide for Hong Kong
Hong Kong Aviation Bibliography – to be added