Wichita-based Spirit AeroSystems (Booth No. 3888) announced plans to build a 375,000-sq-ft factory to accommodate the manufacturing and testing of the Cessna Citation Columbus. The airplane assembly and component supplier signed an agreement with Cessna earlier this year to produce the Citation’s fuselage and empennage.
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In her first official visit outside Washington since she took office, FAA Administrator Marion Blakey traveled to Wichita last month, where she toured Raytheon Aircraft and Cessna and spoke with others at General Aviation Manufacturers Association member companies.
Deliveries of the Hawker 4000 have not yet begun, despite Hawker Beechcraft saying for more than a month that it would “soon” start shipments of the super-midsize business jet, now in its 12th year of gestation. The FAA currently lists 30 Hawker 4000s–two more than last month–in the U.S. aircraft registry database, all of which are registered to the manufacturer.
A Cessna spokeswoman confirmed that the company plans to add 1,500 jobs next year, mostly in Wichita, largely due to growing sales of its Citation business jets. The Wichita-based manufacturer estimates that it will deliver 380 business jets, including 44 entry-level Mustangs, this year and expects to ship 470 twinjets, including nearly 100 Mustangs, next year.
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.
Tim Travis, media relations manager for Raytheon Aircraft, died December 9. He was 46. Travis joined the corporate communications department at Raytheon Aircraft in 1997. He is survived by his wife, Nancy, four children, his parents, two sisters, two step-brothers and a step-sister. A memorial fund has been established with the Big Brothers-Big Sisters of Sedgwick County, 219 N. St. Francis, Wichita, KS 67202.
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