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McConnell Air Force Base in southeast Wichita will start receiving its next generation of air refueling tankers in October.

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Wichita Public Schools on Monday proposed a new high school aviation curriculum, with the goal of getting students ready to work in the aviation industry immediately after graduation.

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Spirit AeroSystems said Wednesday it will acquire a European company, refinance its debt, repurchase shares of its stock and increase its quarterly dividend.

The announcements were part of the Wichita company’s first-quarter earning statements. Spirit is the city’s largest private employer.

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Alaska Airlines had the highest ranking in a new report released Monday.

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Spirit AeroSystems will have a presence on Wichita State University’s Innovation Campus as part of a collaboration announced Thursday between the school and the state’s largest employer.

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Kansas politicians are closely watching developing trade policies with an eye to whether they could start a trade war that might hurt industries in the state that rely on exports.

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Spirit AeroSystems celebrated a milestone on Friday: 10,000 deliveries in the Boeing 737 program, which the company says is a production first for a commercial airline.

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Part of Gov. Sam Brownback’s budget proposal, released Wednesday, is additional funding for aviation training and research.

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The Sedgwick County Commission voted Wednesday to contribute $200,000 to Doc’s Friends, which is working to build a home for the historic B-29 bomber.

The commission voted 4-1 to assist the ongoing project to build Doc a permanent hangar at Eisenhower National Airport. The $6.5 million project, which broke ground last fall, also will include an education center.

“Doc is a national treasure,” said commissioner David Dennis, an Air Force veteran. “Doc is really a critical part of our nation’s history.”

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An aviation company in Wichita has been awarded a $32 million military contract to upgrade aircraft navigation systems in planes owned by the U.S. Air Force.

Global Aviation Technologies, or GAT, has received the first of 19 aircraft, the military's version of the Learjet 35A model, to modify. The Wichita-built planes, delivered to the Air Force in the mid 80s, will be updated with new navigation systems and surveillance equipment.

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