The 11th annual Safety Standdown–sponsored by Bombardier Aerospace, NBAA, the FAA and the NTSB–concluded late last month in Wichita. This year’s “War on Error” was expanded to a three-day general session, preceded by optional one-day workshops on Monday. The annual event is free to attendees. This year marked the first time the Safety Board cosponsored the seminar.
While Bombardier’s Wichita Learjet facility remains idle until next month during a planned, but unprecedented, four-month plant shutdown, company managers and machinists union representatives are “talking” about how to reduce production costs. According to a Bombardier spokesman, the Wichita facility ranks dead last in cost efficiency out of the company’s six aerospace manufacturing plants.
Construction started last month on Cessna’s new Citation Service Center at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport. The 447,259-sq-ft facility, being built on 124 acres, is scheduled to be finished in the fourth quarter of next year. In anticipation of increased traffic, a new taxiway was completed in March. The support facility will operate 24/7 and Cessna expects to service 75 to 80 Citations a day.
Goodrich has relocated and expanded its wheel and brake overhaul facility in Wichita. The new facility on Pueblo Drive is 60 percent larger than its predecessor at 2000 Airport Rd., which opened in 1995. The center overhauls steel and carbon brakes for Cessna’s Citation line, Bombardier’s Learjet 45, Raytheon’s Premier I and Beech King Airs and the Pilatus PC-12.
The Salina (Kan.) Airport Authority today announced plans to build a new 69,000-sq-ft hangar and office complex in anticipation of continued growth at the SLN Aviation Service Center. “The Salina Airport Authority is constructing an all-new hangar and office facility as a key element of our long-term growth strategy,” noted SLN executive director Tim Rogers.
Oklahoma-based Nordam Group has opened a business aircraft interior components production center at the former 70,000-sq-ft Bomhoff Industries facility in Wichita.
Wichita, Kan.-based Cessna Aircraft (Booth No. 8550) broke ground last week for a third manufacturing building in Columbus, Ga.
Park Electrochemical, a supplier of advanced composite materials for aerospace structures, is showcasing a newly introduced prepreg (pre-impregnated material) that the company said is tailor-made for aircraft interiors.
Cessna parent Textron said last month that revenue for the Wichita- based manufacturer was up by 15 percent in the second quarter of the year, representing a $198 million increase, to $1.3 billion, compared with the same period last year. Profits for the second quarter were up, too–by $47 million, to $200 million.
Hawker Beechcraft late last month opened its new international sales headquarters at the Hawarden Airport, Broughton, UK. In an unusually poignant example of globalization, the opening means that Hawkers sold in the UK will have come full circle–from wings and fuselage by Airbus UK to final assembly and testing at the company’s Wichita headquarters and finally back to the UK to be sold.