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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.

Spirit Plans To Add 1,000 New Jobs In Wichita

Dec 6, 2017
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Spirit AeroSystems announced a plan Wednesday to add 1,000 new jobs and invest $1 billion in its Wichita facility over the next five years.

Exploration Place

A new exhibit at Exploration Place gives visitors a chance to be the aviation industry’s most vile villain: the airline seat designer.

Unfortunately, there doesn’t appear to be a way to add more leg room. And the news isn't any better for the seat itself.

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Legislation aimed at helping the Kansas aviation industry has been grounded in Topeka.

The bill would have provided generous tax credits to engineering graduates who go to work in the Kansas aviation industry, as well as the companies that hire them.

Backed by the Wichita Chamber of Commerce as a way to reverse almost a decade of aviation job losses, it appeared to have some momentum.

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A Kansas House Committee is expected to vote Monday on a bill aimed at helping to revitalize the Kansas aviation industry.

House Bill 2036 would provide tax credits to graduates of accredited engineering programs who go to work in the Kansas aviation industry. Companies that hire them also would qualify for credits.

Jason Watkins, a lobbyist for the Wichita Chamber of Commerce, says the incentives could help reverse a steady decline in aviation jobs that has lasted more than a decade. He says employment has dropped by 17 percent since 2005.

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When local aircraft manufacturers need to complete testing on the effects of lightning on their materials and components, they used to have to travel to a lab on the East or West Coast.

Now, they can stay in Wichita.

KMUW’s Deborah Shaar takes us inside Wichita State University’s new lightning test lab.

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Results from the 26th annual Airline Quality Rating survey were released Monday morning. The survey reveals the 13 best performing airlines in the U.S. for 2015. Industry performance has improved overall, but complaints are up.

According to the survey, conducted by Wichita State University and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona, the airlines are doing better at on-time arrival, not overbooking so travelers don’t get bumped, and handling people’s bags.

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An aerospace company in Wichita plans to expand and add 100 jobs to its current production facility this year.

Atlas Aerospace in west Wichita specializes in repair of aerospace components and has produced doors for commercial airplanes including the Boeing 737. Atlas announced plans to expand its Wichita facility to meet increasing demands for a variety of aerospace products. The company plans to add about 100 jobs, which will bring the number of employees to 526.