Type “Air Capital of the World” into Google and you still get lots of hits for
Elected officials can’t afford to find themselves surprised by the planemakers’ plans, as they seemed to be last week when Hawker Beechcraft chief executive Bill Boisture confirmed that his company was exploring options including a major move.
The local executives of
To that end, Gov. Mark Parkinson’s aggressive countermeasures have stood out in recent days: He met with Boisture last week at the Farnborough International Airshow in England, and Parkinson will help announce an agreement today in Wichita enabling Bombardier Aerospace to expand its operations with a new paint facility, customer delivery center, production flight test center and space for final assembly of the new Learjet 85.
A larger Bombardier footprint will be an outstanding development for
But Parkinson will leave his job in January, and leadership must emanate from
Wichita’s selling points to aviation companies start with its skilled work force and low cost of living but go on and on, including access to Wichita State University’s National Institute for Aviation Research and the county’s soon-to-open National Center for Aviation Training. As NIAR executive director John Tomblin told the Sedgwick County Commission this week, the addition of the $50 million NCAT to
One model remains the city, county and state effort in 2008 in response to Cessna Aircraft’s desire to build its (since-shelved) Citation Columbus in
Revelations about Hawker Beechcraft’s roving eye shouldn’t mark the beginning of the end for
– For the editorial board, Rhonda Holman
Source: WICHITA EAGLE