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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.

Spirit Aerosystems

Spirit AeroSystems has announced hundreds of job openings in Wichita. The company will be holding a job fair this weekend.

A Wichita-based aerospace company has chosen to move north to Newton with its chemical subsidiary.

Aviation Business International will house its ABI Chemicals division in a 20,000-square-foot facility at the Newton City-County Airport.

The ABI Group of Companies supplies products to airlines worldwide, including Delta, Air France and British Airways.

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.

Trade Office In China To Promote Wichita Aviation

Oct 14, 2013

Mayor Carl Brewer will be in China this week, for the opening of a trade office that will promote Wichita's aviation industry.

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.

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.

Beechcrafts Light Attack Aircraft Takes Flight

Aug 21, 2013
Courtesy photo / Beechcraft Corporation

Beechcraft is celebrating the inaugural flight of its first production AT-6 light attack aircraft.

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.

CEO Bill Boisture says the company has seen a growing interest in the plane from the defense establishment around the world.

Gov. Sam Brownback is leading a trade delegation to the Paris Air Show this week.

Kansas Gets C- For Infrastructure

May 22, 2013

Civil engineers have given Kansas' infrastructure an overall C-minus grade.

The regional chapters of the American Society of Civil Engineers released their report card Wednesday.

It's an evaluation of the state's aviation, bridges, roads, dams, drinking water, energy, levees, railroads and schools.

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.

They awarded the highest grades for the state's roads and schools; both got a C-plus.

Hawker Beechcraft says its total number of Kansas employees has fallen below the level required to receive the full state and local government incentives.

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  people employed in Kansas for 10 years.

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