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Business
10:23 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Newton City-County Airport To House New ABI Chemical Facility

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.

Business
7:29 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Trade Office In China To Promote Wichita Aviation

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.

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Business
7:36 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Beechcrafts Light Attack Aircraft Takes Flight

Beechcraft's AT-6 light attack aircraft.
Credit 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.

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Business
6:22 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Brownback Heads To Paris To Drum Up Aviation Business

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

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Community
8:47 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Kansas Gets C- For Infrastructure

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.

Business
1:11 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Hawker Beechcraft Loses Incentives As Its Local Employment Dips

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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Breaking
9:05 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Spirit Aerosystems CEO To Retire In 2013

Spirit AeroSystems President and CEO Jeff Turner accepts and award for the company from Gov. Brownback last month.
Credit Spirit Aerosystems / Flickr

Wichita aircraft company Spirit AeroSystems Monday announced that President and CEO Jeffrey Turner will retire in early 2013.

In a press release, 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."

He will continue to serve as President and CEO until his successor takes office.

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Aircraft Industry
5:46 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Gov.'s Council Meets To Discuss Growth In Aviation

Jeremy Hill, director of Wichita State's Center for Economic Development, speaking to the Kansas Governor's Council of Economic Advisors in Wichita Tuesday.
Credit Carla Eckels / KMUW

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.

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.

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.

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Business
5:37 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Machinists Union Approves New Bombardier Contract

A Bombardier plan on the runway.
Credit Andy Rusch / Flickr

Members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers approved a five-year contract deal with Bombardier Learjet in Wichita over the weekend.

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.

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Aviation
7:11 am
Tue August 7, 2012

Airbus Holds Summit, Vows To Double Investments

European airplane maker Airbus Monday announced plans to double investments in the US at the first Air Capital Supplier Summit in Wichita.

Senator Jerry Moran and Airbus Americas Chairman Allan McArtor hosted the event.

Moran says the partnership between Airbus and Kansas suppliers is aimed at growing the aviation industry in the state through more contracts with the France-based aircraft maker.

Airbus has an engineering center here in Wichita with more than 350 employees, making the Wichita facility the company’s largest engineering center outside of Europe.

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