Spirit Aerosystems will remain closed for at least two days after a tornado tore through its sprawling campus in Wichita on Saturday night, causing severe structural damage to at least “three or four” of the site’s 45 buildings.
At Abace today, Cessna Aircraft senior vice president for business jets Brad Thress elaborated further on the aircraft manufacturer’s joint venture with Aviation Industry Corp. of China (Avic) and the Chengdu provincial government to build midsize Citations in China. He said that the Sovereigns and Latitudes built in China will be assembled in Chengdu from components made at the company’s headquarters in Wichita. “We see this as incremental business.
Beijing-based EarthView Image signed an order for a special-mission Hawker Beechcraft King Air C90GTx today at Abace. The company will use the turboprop twin for aerial mapping. Yesterday at Abace, the Wichita aircraft manufacturer logged orders for three C90GTxs from Xinjiang Tianxiang Aviation College and the Civil Aviation University College of China. Both plan to use the King Airs for multi-engine training.
FlightSafety International has promoted John Brasfield to manager of the Cessna Aircraft Maintenance Learning Center in Wichita. Brasfield has held a number of positions of increasing responsibility since joining FlightSafety in 1999 at its Hawker Beechcraft Learning Center in Wichita. He joined the company as an instructor, served as program manager for training on the Beechjet, Hawker 800XP and Hawker Horizon and then as director of programs. He most recently served as assistant manager of the Wichita Cessna Learning Center.
Tim White, who was Cessna Aircraft’s vice president of U.S. sales until resigning earlier this week, will be the new U.S. West regional vice president of sales for Bombardier Business Aircraft. According to a Bombardier spokeswoman, White will officially start on April 2 and initially work out of an office in Wichita. He will report to Brant Dahlfors, Bombardier Business Aircraft vice president of U.S. sales. Current West U.S. regional vice president of sales Scott Westfall will revert to his previous position of U.S.
Tim White, Cessna’s vice president of sales for the Americas and his wife, Dianne, the company’s vice president of communications, have left the company, the Wichita-based airframer confirmed today. Tim White joined Cessna in 1998 as a Citation regional sales manager for Canada. Dianne White was hired just before last October’s NBAA annual meeting and convention to succeed Bob Stangarone, who joined Embraer.
In the wake of news that Boeing plans to close its defense, space and security operations in Wichita by the end of 2013, the Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition (GWEDC) has helped launch an aviation task force to develop strategies that will promote the city’s aviation industries.
Hawker Beechcraft received type certification for the Hawker 900XP midsize business jet from the Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC) Aviation Registry in Russia, the Wichita-based aircraft manufacturer announced yesterday. The twinjet can reach any point in Europe from Moscow or St. Petersburg, according to Hawker Beechcraft. With the Russian approval, the Hawker 900XP has obtained type certification from more than 50 countries.
The economy is getting better, which means some things may be getting worse. That’s how it appears as the business aviation industry slowly and haltingly starts to emerge from a long and deep recession and a search begins for skilled labor to fill the growing number of openings.
Wichita’s future as an aircraft manufacturing hub has appeared less than rosy of late, but the outlook took a turn for the better with news today that Bombardier plans further expansion of its Learjet facilities there. This morning, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and Bombardier Business Aircraft president Steve Ridolfi announced the expansion of the company’s flight-test center in Wichita, in addition to establishing a center of excellence for engineering and information technology, adding new facilities for paint and production flight-testing and building a new aircraft delivery center in the self-appointed Air Capital of the World.