aviation http://kmuw.org en Newton City-County Airport To House New ABI Chemical Facility http://kmuw.org/post/newton-city-county-airport-house-new-abi-chemical-facility <p>A Wichita-based aerospace company has chosen to move north to Newton with its chemical subsidiary.</p><p>Aviation Business International will house its ABI Chemicals division in a 20,000-square-foot facility at the Newton City-County Airport.</p><p>The ABI Group of Companies supplies products to airlines worldwide, including Delta, Air France and British Airways.</p><p>The new plant will produce next-generation coatings used in aerospace manufacturing processes. The coatings are being developed in conjunction with Wichita State University’s National Institute for Aviation Research.</p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:23:03 +0000 Associated Press 33494 at http://kmuw.org Trade Office In China To Promote Wichita Aviation http://kmuw.org/post/trade-office-china-promote-wichita-aviation <p>Mayor Carl Brewer will be in China this week, for the opening of a trade office that will promote Wichita&#39;s aviation industry.<br /><br />Kansas Global Trade Services in Beijing will identify sales and opportunities for partnerships. It will also will work to connect Wichita and China businesses for parts, maintenance and other products and services.<br /><br />Kansas Global Trade Services president Karyn Page says the office is a privately-funded pilot project. Its $300,00 to $500,000 budget will be funded by private sponsors in China and Wichita.<br /> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 12:29:59 +0000 Associated Press 24817 at http://kmuw.org Beechcrafts Light Attack Aircraft Takes Flight http://kmuw.org/post/beechcrafts-light-attack-aircraft-takes-flight <p>Beechcraft is celebrating the inaugural flight of its first production AT-6 light attack aircraft.<br><br>The Wichita-based aircraft maker commemorated the event Tuesday at its headquarters as it tries to market the new military plane among U.S. partner nations.<br><br>CEO Bill Boisture says the company has seen a growing interest in the plane from the defense establishment around the world.<br> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 12:36:10 +0000 Associated Press 22237 at http://kmuw.org Beechcrafts Light Attack Aircraft Takes Flight Brownback Heads To Paris To Drum Up Aviation Business http://kmuw.org/post/brownback-heads-paris-drum-aviation-business <p>Gov. Sam Brownback is leading a trade delegation to the Paris Air Show this week.</p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 11:22:20 +0000 Stephen Koranda 18983 at http://kmuw.org Kansas Gets C- For Infrastructure http://kmuw.org/post/kansas-gets-c-infrastructure <p>Civil engineers have given Kansas' infrastructure an overall C-minus grade.<br><br>The regional chapters of the American Society of Civil Engineers released their report card Wednesday.<br><br>It's an evaluation of the state's aviation, bridges, roads, dams, drinking water, energy, levees, railroads and schools.<br><br>The engineers found the most faults with the state's bridges and dams, rating them a D-minus. They say Kansas has nearly 3,000 structurally deficient bridges.<br><br>They awarded the highest grades for the state's roads and schools; both got a C-plus.<br> Wed, 22 May 2013 13:47:09 +0000 Associated Press 17627 at http://kmuw.org Hawker Beechcraft Loses Incentives As Its Local Employment Dips http://kmuw.org/post/hawker-beechcraft-loses-incentives-its-local-employment-dips <p>Hawker Beechcraft says its total number of Kansas employees has fallen below the level required to receive the full state and local government incentives.</p><p>The aircraft manufacturer had 3,372 employees as of December 31st. The company was granted $45 million in incentives back in 2010 in exchange for committing to keep 4,000 &nbsp;people employed in Kansas for 10 years.</p> Thu, 31 Jan 2013 19:11:38 +0000 Associated Press 12008 at http://kmuw.org Spirit Aerosystems CEO To Retire In 2013 http://kmuw.org/post/spirit-aerosystems-ceo-retire-2013 <p>Wichita aircraft company Spirit AeroSystems Monday announced that President and CEO Jeffrey Turner will retire in early 2013.<br><br><span style="font-size: 13px; font-family: Verdana; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">In a <a href="http://www.spiritaero.com/Media.aspx">press release</a>, Turner said he announced his plan to retire to “ensure adequate time to find a suitable replacement, and allow for an effective handover of duties." </span><br> Mon, 19 Nov 2012 15:05:30 +0000 Briana O’Higgins 8729 at http://kmuw.org Spirit Aerosystems CEO To Retire In 2013 Gov.'s Council Meets To Discuss Growth In Aviation http://kmuw.org/post/govs-council-meets-discuss-growth-aviation <p>The Kansas Governor's Council of Economic Advisors met in Wichita Tuesday to discuss ways of increasing revenue and the global competitiveness of the aviation industry.</p><p>Governor Sam Brownback, state and local officials and several leaders in the aircraft industry discussed ideas for more than two and a half hours at Spirit Aerosystems.</p><p>John Tomblin, Executive Director of the National Institute for Aviation Research (NAIR) was one of the speakers who touted the number of quality engineers that are trained in Wichita.</p> Wed, 14 Nov 2012 11:46:12 +0000 Carla Eckels 8484 at http://kmuw.org Gov.'s Council Meets To Discuss Growth In Aviation Machinists Union Approves New Bombardier Contract http://kmuw.org/post/machinists-union-approves-new-bombardier-contract <p>Members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers approved a five-year contract deal with Bombardier Learjet in Wichita over the weekend.</p><p>Machinists Union spokesman Bob Wood said people will be returning to work at the Wichita plan Monday. Wood described Saturday's offering as a "substantial improvement" over the proposal that prompted the October 8 walkout.</p> Mon, 12 Nov 2012 11:37:09 +0000 Carla Eckels 8370 at http://kmuw.org Machinists Union Approves New Bombardier Contract Airbus Holds Summit, Vows To Double Investments http://kmuw.org/post/airbus-holds-summit-vows-double-investments <p></p><p style="padding: 0px; margin-bottom: 16px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 11.818181991577148px; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Arial, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(85, 85, 85); line-height: 14.545454025268555px; ">European airplane maker Airbus Monday announced plans to double investments in the US at the first Air Capital Supplier Summit in Wichita.</p> Tue, 07 Aug 2012 12:11:17 +0000 Carla Eckels 3597 at http://kmuw.org