Baicheng  (--)

RWY 06/24     POS 45°40'19"N 122°50'46"E     ELEV 495 ft

Command Brigade Aircraft Type(s) Serial range
Northern Theatre Command
78th Army Aviation Brigade Mi-17V-5
Mi-171
Z-9WZ
Z-19
LH961cxx
This Brigade started operation in 2017, initially using helicopters from 80th Brigade.

Baoding (--)

RWY 04L/22R, 04R/22L, HEL     POS 38°50'04"N 115°31'13"E     ELEV 50 ft

Command Brigade Aircraft Type(s) Serial range
Central Theatre Command
82nd Army Aviation Brigade Z-8B
Z-8G
Z-9
Z-9W
Z-9WA
Z-9(EW)
Z-10
Z-19
LH952cxx
In 2017 the 38th GA was reorganized into 82nd GA with 8th LH Regiment becoming 82nd LH Brigade.
December 2017 the Mi-171/Mi-171E were transferred to the 161st Assault Brigade. Also the serials of the Brigade changed from LH98cyy into LH952cxx.


Chengdu/Feng Huang Shan (--)

RWY 03/21     POS 30°43'49"N 104°05'34"E     ELEV 1650 ft

Command Brigade Aircraft Type(s) Serial range
Western Theatre Command
77th Army Aviation Brigade Mi-17-V7
Mi-171E
S70C-2
Z-9WA
Z-10
Z-19
Z-20
LH972cxx
In 2017 the 13th GA was reorganized into 77th GA with 2nd LH Regiment becoming 77th LH Brigade with a serial change from LH92cyy into LH972cxx.
Use of the new Z20 (since June 2017) needs confirmation.

The Sikorsky S-70 remains the workhorse at high altitudes, although the Z-20 started to arrive in mountainous regions end 2020. At least 13 S-70s are in use by the 77th Brigade.

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Chengdu/Taipingsi (--)

RWY 18/36, 18/36 (grass)     POS 30°36'06"N 104°00'51"E     ELEV 1608ft

Command Brigade Aircraft Type(s) Serial range
Western Theatre Command
77th Army Aviation Brigade Mi-17-V7
Mi-171E
Z-9WA
LH972cxx
In 2017 the 13th GA was reorganized into 77th GA with 2nd LH Regiment becoming 77th LH Brigade with a serial change from LH92cyy into LH972cxx.

Chenguzhuangcun (--)

RWY HEL     POS 33°28'33"N 118°02'57"E     ELEV 58 ft

Command Brigade Aircraft Type(s) Serial range
Eastern Theatre Command
71st Army Aviation Brigade Z-8B
Z-9WZ
Z-19
LH991cxx
In 2018 the Z-8B arrived from 72nd Brigade

Dalachi (--)

RWY 06/24, HEL     POS 36°37'41"N 105°00'09"E     ELEV 5625 ft

Command Brigade Aircraft Type(s) Serial range
Western Theatre Command
76th Army Aviation Brigade Z-8G
Z-10
Z-19
Mi-17-V7
Mi-171E
LH971cxx
The 76th Brigade was activated at Dalachi mid 2017, initially using helicopters from 3rd Brigade (LH93cxx). It is expected to move to a new location near Golmut.
By 2019 Z-19 had arrived from Xinjiang LH Brigade.

Dangbizhen (--)

RWY (water)     POS 45°15'31"N 132°00'36"E     ELEV 233 ft

Regiment Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Serial range
Heilongjiang 4 Border Defence Regiment Fuyuan
1 Patrol Boat Squadron
Jiamusi
XTW-5 SX59x

The Border Police operates two Ekranoplanes from Lake Khanka

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Daqing (ZYDQ)

RWY 17/35     POS 46°45'01"N 125°08'21"E     ELEV 495 ft

Corps Detachment Aircraft Type(s) Serial range
Forest Fire Bureau
Helicopter detachment Heilongjiang Z-8WJS WJ56080x
In 2013 the serials changed from WJS9100x. The detachment is based on a separate part of the airfield on the North-Eastern side.

Deyang (--)

RWY 03/21, HEL     POS 30°50'46"N 104°40'47"E     ELEV 1602 ft

Corps Detachment Aircraft Type(s) Serial range
PAP 2nd Mobile Corps
Helicopter Battalion Sichuan Z-8AWJS

Fengcheng Shi (--)

RWY 03/21     POS 40°32'21"N 124°13'43"E     ELEV 218 ft

Command Brigade Aircraft Type(s) Serial range
Northern Theatre Command
79th Army Aviation Brigade Mi-17V-5
Mi-171
Mi-171E
Z-8B
Z-9W
Z-9WA
Z-10A
Z-19
LH962cxx

In 2003/2004 26 Mi-17V-5 helicopters were delivered by the Russian Kazan plant using China United Airlines look-alike registrations. The Mi-17V-5 is used for transport duties.

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Houma (--)

RWY HEL     POS 35°39'51"N 111°24'28"E     ELEV 1439ft

Command Regiment Aircraft Type(s) Serial range
Central Theatre Command
Army Aviation Academy
2nd Brigade
Z-9A
Mi-17
Z-11B
LH9069xx (tbc)
In 2017 the Flight Training Base was reorganised into an Academy with the serials LH904xx changed into 6-digit serials.
April 2021 the first Z-11Bs were noted together with Mi-171s, but no Z-9s.

Huangzhuang (--)

RWY 02/20H     POS 36°04'24"N 116°28'52"E     ELEV 203 ft

Corps Detachment Aircraft Type(s) Serial range
PAP Shandong Corps
Helicopter Detachment Shandong Z-9WJ WJ51490x

Jiajiang (--) 浃江

RWY 13/31     POS 29°43'56"N 103°36'50"E     ELEV 1301 ft

Command Brigade Aircraft Type(s) Serial range
Western Theatre Command
Brigade Mi-17
This airbase used to house CJ-6 aircraft of the PLAAF 2nd Flight College. It is believed that 7th LH Brigade took over .
In 2020 the airbase saw mayor renovations and expansions.

Lhasa/Liuwuxiang (--)

RWY 18/36, HEL     POS 29°35'25"N 091°01'14"E     ELEV 11918 ft

Command Brigade Aircraft Type(s) Serial range
Western Theatre Command
Xizang LH Brigade
(西藏陆航旅)BR>(85th GA)
Mi-171E
Mi-17V-7
Z-8G
Z-10
Z-20
LH921cxx
Early 2017 the 2nd LH Regiment detachment at downtown Lhasa/Dongguan was reorganized in the new Tibet/Xizang LH Brigade, which became better known as the 85th LH Brigade.
Also it moved to Lhasa/Gonggar in 2017 while expanding.
In 2018 85th LH Brigade moved to the new heliport southwest of Lhasa.
In 2020 Z-8G, Z-10 and Z-20s were added to the Mi-17V-7 and Mi-171E helicopter fleet.

The Mi-17V-7 is used for high altitude operations due to its more powerful engines.

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Liaocheng (--)

RWY 02/20, HEL     POS 36°26'58"N 116°05'44"E     ELEV 112 ft

Command Brigade Aircraft Type(s) Serial range
Northern Theatre Command
80th Army Aviation Brigade Z-8A
Z-8B
Z-8G
Z-9W
Z-9WZ
Z-10A
Z-19
LH963cxx
In 2017 the 26th GA was reorganized into 80th GA with 7th LH Regiment becoming 80th LH Brigade with a serial change from LH97cyy into LH963cxx.

About all Brigades like 80th Brigade have seen the Mi-17/Z-9 augmented by dedicated Z-10 attack helicopters.

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Liaoyang (ZYLY)

RWY 03/21     POS 41°16'41"N 123°04'44"E     ELEV 56 ft

Command Brigade Aircraft Type(s) Serial range
Northern Theatre Command
79th Army Aviation Brigade Mi-17V-5
Mi-171
Mi-171E
Z-8B
Z-9W
Z-9WA
Z-10A
Z-19
LH962cxx
The Brigade relocated from Shenyang-Dongta.
Liaoyang is also used by Harbin Flying Academy/5th Brigade (PLAAF)
In 2017 the 39th GA was reorganized into 79th GA with 9th LH Brigade becoming 79th LH Brigade with a serial change from LH99cyy into LH962cxx.

This Z-10A is operated by the 79th Army Aviation Brigade.

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Linfen (ZBLF)

RWY 02/20     POS 36°02'32"N 111°29'32"E     ELEV 1487ft

Command Regiment Aircraft Type(s) Serial range
Central Theatre Command
Army Aviation Academy
3rd Brigade
Z-11
HC120
LH9073xx
In 2005 the SA316 was replaced by HC120.
In 2017 the Flight Training Base was reorganised into an Academy with the serials LH904xx changed into 6-digit serials.

Luocheng/Huian (--)

RWY 04/22     POS 25°01'35"N 118°48'26"E     ELEV 93 ft

Command Brigade Aircraft Type(s) Serial range
Eastern Theatre Command
73rd Army Aviation Brigade Mi-171
Mi-171E
Z-8B
Z-9WZ
Z-10A
Z-19
LH993cxx
In 2010 this new Army Regiment started using this Air Force (J-6) airbase. It can still be used for Air Force deployments however.
In 2017 the 31st GA was reorganized into 73rd GA with 10th LH Regiment becoming 73rd LH Brigade with a serial change from LH910cyy into LH993cxx.

In addition to the Mi-171Es the 72nd LH Brigade oerates a few special mission Mi-171s like this one with a battle field radar mounted on the afte fuselage.

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Machang (--)

RWY HEL     POS 24°47'08"N 102°20'32"E     ELEV 7604 ft

Corps Detachment Aircraft Type(s) Serial range
Forest Fire Bureau
Helicopter detachment Yunnan Z-8AWJS WJ5603xx

At Machang the Helicopter Detachment Yunnan of the Forest Fire Bureau is based flying Z-8AWJS.

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Mizhi (--)

RWY 14/32, HEL     POS 37°52'25"N 110°04'17"E     ELEV 2943 ft

Command Regiment Aircraft Type(s) Serial range
Central Theatre Command
Army Aviation Academy Z-8G
Z-19
LH990cxx

Early 2012 the Z-19 was inducted in the army. A few of them can be found within the Army Aviation Academy.

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Nagqu (--)

RWY 09/27     POS 31°24'48"N 091°59'03"E     ELEV 14759 ft

Command Brigade Aircraft Type(s) Serial range
Western Theatre Command
85th Army Aviation Brigade Mi-171E
Mi-17V-7
Z-8G
Z-10
Z-20
LH921cxx
This seems to be a new Army base under construction in 2020.
It has to be confirmed that the 85th LH Brigade is going to use it.

Nanjing (--)

RWY 06/24, HEL     POS 31°58'19"N 118°50'29"E     ELEV 28 ft

Command Brigade Aircraft Type(s) Serial range
Eastern Theatre Command
72nd Army Aviation Brigade Mi-171
Mi-17-1V
Mi-17V-7
Z-9A
Z-9W
Z-9WA
Z-9WZ
Z-10A
LH992cxx
Nanjing AB is also used by the Eastern TC/Transport Brigade of PLAAF.

In 2017 the 1st GA was reorganized into 72nd GA with 5th LH Regiment becoming 72nd LH Brigade with a serial change from LH95cyy into LH992cxx.

In 2018 Z-8Bs were transferred to 71st LH Brigade and Mi-17-1V/V-7 arrived from Xinjiang LH Brigade.

The 72nd Army Aviation Brigade is th eonly Brigade flying with the Mi-17-1V variant.

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End 2010 saw the introduction of a new attack helicopter in operational service, being the Z-10A

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Ngari HEL (--)

RWY HEL     POS 32°29'46"N 080°04'18"E     ELEV 14081 ft

Command Brigade Aircraft Type(s) Serial range
Western Theatre Command
Xinjiang LH Brigade
(新疆陆航旅)
Mi-171E LH911cxx
In 2017 the 3rd LH Regiment (Xinjing MD) was reorganized into Xinjiang LH Brigade with a serial change from LH93cyy into LH911cxx.

Ningxia (--)

RWY 04/22HEL     POS 38°24'06"N 106°12'28"E     ELEV 3661 ft

Corps Detachment Aircraft Type(s) Serial range
PAP 1st Mobile Corps
Helicopter detachment Ningxia Z-8WJS
Z-9WJS
WJ52880x
WJ52890x

Nyingzhi (--) 林芝

RWY 02H/20H     POS 29°33'39"N 094°28'14"E     ELEV 9703 ft

Command Brigade Aircraft Type(s) Serial range
Western Theatre Command
77th Army Aviation Brigade Det. Mi-17 LH972cxx
In 2017 the 13th GA was reorganized into 77th GA with 2nd LH Regiment becoming 77th LH Brigade with a serial change from LH92cyy into LH972cxx.

Sanshui/Daliao (--)

RWY 01/19     POS 23°19'02"N 112°57'54"E     ELEV 18 ft

Command Brigade Aircraft Type(s) Serial range
Southern Theatre Command
74th Army Aviation Brigade Mi-171
Z-9W
Z-9WZ
Z-10A
LH981cxx
In 2017 the 42nd GA was reorganized into 74th GA with 6th LH Brigade becoming 74th LH Brigade with a serial change from LH96cyy into LH981cxx. In 2017 Z-8Bs were transferred to 121st Brigade.

The 74th LH Brigade is using the Mi-171 for transport duties.

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Shule/Baren (--) 疏勒巴仁

RWY HEL     POS 39°23'46"N 076°11'26"E     ELEV 4103 ft

Command Brigade Aircraft Type(s) Serial range
Western Theatre Command
Xinjiang LH Brigade
(新疆陆航旅)
(84th GA)
Mi-171E LH911cxx
In 2017 the 3rd LH Regiment (Xinjing MD) was reorganized into Xinjiang LH Brigade with a serial change from LH93cyy into LH911cxx.

Since 2018 all Army helicopters like this Mi-171E use six-digit serials.

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With many Mi-171E flying for Xinjiang LH Brigade it can be expected they will be replaced y more powerful alternatives like Z-20.

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Taiyuan/Wujing Taiyuan Jichang (--)

RWY 03/21HEL     POS 37°29'39"N 112°43'10"E     ELEV 2740 ft

Corps Battalion Aircraft Type(s) Serial range
PAP 1st Mobile Corps
Helicopter detachment Shanxi Z-8WJS
Z-9WJ
Z-8AWJS
WJ50480x/WJ5180x
WJ50490x/WJ5190x
January 2021 the first Z-18 for the unit was noted.

Helicopters of the armed police are easy recognizables in either white c/s or in all orange c/s, like on the Z-8AWJS.

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Tongxian (--)

RWY 02/20, HEL     POS 39°48'39"N 116°42'26"E     ELEV 57 ft

Command Brigade Aircraft Type(s) Serial range
Central Theatre Command
81st Army Aviation Brigade Y-7
Y-8
Y-9
Mi-171
Mi-171E
Mi-171E Salon
Mi-17V-5
Mi-17V-7 Salon
Z-8G
Z-9WA
Z-10A
Z-19
LH951cxx
In 2011 the SA342s of the Brigade were transferred to a Training Brigade.
In 2017 the 65th GA was reorganized into 81st GA with 4th LH Regiment becoming 81st LH Brigade with a serial change from LH94cyy into LH951cxx.

The 81st (ex 4th) Brigade also uses the cargo version of the Y-7, the Y-7H

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The Mi-171E is the utility transport helicopter workhorse for the China Army. A few Salon versions were acquired for the VIP role.

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Tongzhou (--) 通州

RWY HEL     POS 39°50'18"N 116°38'47"E     ELEV 86 ft

Command Academy Aircraft Type(s) Serial range
Central Theatre Command
Army Aviation Academy Alouette 3
Mi-8
Z-9
The helicopters are used for ground instruction only.

Unknown (--)
Command Regiment Aircraft Type(s) Serial range
Central Theatre Command
Army Aviation Academy Brigade Z-10 LH9021xx
May 2019 the first helicopters of this new Regiment were noted. Unfortunately, the location it is based is unknown, although this could be Linfen.

Wenshui (--)

RWY 05/23     POS 37°24'29"N 111°58'00"E     ELEV 2808 ft

Command Regiment Aircraft Type(s) Serial range
Central Theatre Command
Army Aviation Academy
4th Brigade
Z-11
HC120
LH908cxx
Until July 1999 this airbase was home of PLAAF H6 bombers of 8th Div/24th Reg.
In 2017 the Flight Training Base was reorganised into an Academy with the serials LH904xx/LH908xx changed into 6-digit serials.

Helicopter training starts with the PLA on the Z-11 helicopter.

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Wujiaqu (--)

RWY 10/28, HEL     POS 44°06'46"N 087°27'41"E     ELEV 1615ft

Command Brigade Aircraft Type(s) Serial range
Western Theatre Command
Xinjiang LH Brigade
(新疆陆航旅)
(84th GA)
Mi-171E
Z-8G
Z-9WZ
Z-10
LH911cxx
In 2017 the 3rd LH Regiment (Xinjing MD) was reorganized into Xinjiang LH Brigade with a serial change from LH93cyy into LH911cxx.
It is believed that early 2019 Z-19s had left and gone to 76th Brigade and also Mi-17V-7 had left.

Xinxiang (--)

RWY 05/23, HEL     POS 35°17'37"N 113°50'19"E     ELEV 231 ft

Command Regiment Aircraft Type(s) Serial range
Central Theatre Command
161st Air Assault Brigade
空中突击第161旅
(83 GA)
Mi-17
Mi-171
Mi-171E
Mi-17V-5
Z-8G
Z-8L
Z-9W
Z-9WA
Z-10A
Z-19
Z-20
LH953cxx
In 2017 the 54th GA was reorganized into 83rd GA with 1st LH Regiment becoming 161st Air Assault Brigade with a serial change from LH91cxx into LH953cxx. Also Mi-171/Mi-171E from 82nd Brigade were received.
In 2019 the Brigade was the first operational unit to receive the Z-20 and in 2020 it was the first unit to start operating the Z-8L.

The 161st Air Assault Brigade is one of the few units to operate the latest Z-8 version, the Z-8G.

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161st LH Brigade operates a wide variety of Mil helicopters including the Mi-17

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Xupu (--)

RWY 03/21     POS 27°55'59"N 110°39'48"E     ELEV 582 ft

Command Brigade Aircraft Type(s) Serial range
Southern Theatre Command
121st Air Assault Brigade (75th GA)
空中突击第121旅
Mi-171E
Z-8B
Z-10
Z-19
Z-20
LH982cxx
The 12th LH Regiment was established in 2002 and became operational in 2012 on this former Air Force airbase.
In 2017 the 41st GA was reorganized into 75th GA with 12th LH Regiment becoming 121st Air Assault Brigade with a serial change from LH912cyy into LH982cxx.

The Z-20 became operational in 2018. The number of units operating this multi purpose helicopter is slowly increasing.

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121st Air Assault Brigade is one of the operators of the Z-8B.

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Yibin/Caiba (--)

RWY 08/26, HEL     POS 28°48'02"N 104°32'42"E     ELEV 923 ft

Command Regiment Aircraft Type(s) Serial range
Western Theatre Command
Army Aviation Academy
1st Brigade
End 2019/early 2020 the unit moved to the new airport Yibin/Wuliangye north of the city.

Yibin/Wuliangye (ZUYB)

RWY 11/29, HEL     POS 28°51'32"N 104°31'29"E     ELEV 1384 ft

Command Regiment Aircraft Type(s) Serial range
Western Theatre Command
Army Aviation Academy
1st Brigade
Z-9
Mi-8
LH905cxx
In 2017 the Flight Training Base was reorganised into an Academy with the serials LH90cxx changed into LH905cxx series.
December 2019 Yibin/Wuliangye was inaugurated and the unit moved from downtown Yibin/Caiba

The Flying Academy uses the Z-9 for advanced helicopter training.

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Early model Z-9As are used for helicopter training.

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Zhengtang (--)

RWY 18/36H, HEL     POS 28°31'44"N 112°49'29"E     ELEV 164 ft

Corps Detachment Aircraft Type(s) Serial range
PAP 2nd Mobile Corps
Helicopter Battalion Hunan Z-8WJS
Z-9WJS
WJ51880x
WJ51890x
22 September 2015 the unit became operational.

Zhurihe (--) 朱日和

RWY 07/25     POS 42°21'04"N 112°38'54"E     ELEV 3815 ft

Command Brigade Aircraft Type(s) Serial range
Central Theatre Command
No units based
This Brigade size airbase is used for Army Aviation detachments during exercises.

Zhurihe/Barracks (--)

RWY 04/22     POS 42°13'07"N 112°45'21"E     ELEV 4029 ft

Command Brigade Aircraft Type(s) Serial range
Central Theatre Command
No units based
This strip opened in 2017 and is located close to the major Army training grounds.

Ürümqi/Shuimogou (--) 水磨沟

RWY HEL     POS 43°48'56"N 087°41'14"E     ELEV 2930 ft

Corps Battalion Aircraft Type(s) Serial range
PAP 1st Mobile Corps
Helicopter detachment Xinjiang Mi-171E
Z-8WJS
Z-8AWJ
Z-9WJ
WJ517xx
WJ518xx
WJ52730x
WJ00x

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