In China they like to think BIG. Its part of their whole approach to life. Take for, for example, Beijing city. When you walk the streets of Beijing, the first thing you notice is how big all the buildings are. When they build a new building, it can literally take up an entire city block.
It is no surprise then that the Civil Aviation Administration of China has decided that China needs to re-look at its numbering system for aircraft.
The current system has the letter 'B' followed by a four-digit number. But the CAAC says in a statement on its website that its current numbering system can only accommodate 10,000 aircraft and that it needs to come up with a new numbering system that can accommodate at least 100,000 aircraft.
And these guys appear to be serious. Based on the statement I saw on the CAAC website, they have launched a full-blown study into coming up with a new numbering system for registering aircraft. In China they really do think BIG.