NBAA Welcomes Final Congressional Passage of Small Aircraft Revitalization Act
Washington, DC, Nov. 15, 2013 – The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) welcomed passage by the U.S. House of Representatives of the Small Aircraft Revitalization Act of 2013, clearing the way for President Barack Obama to sign the landmark overhaul of Part 23 certification guidelines into law.
“NBAA is pleased that Congress has moved forward on this vital legislation to support growth and innovation in general aviation,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. “Streamlining the certification process for general aviation manufacturers, while preserving important safety requirements, will lead to swifter adoption of new aircraft designs and vital safety equipment, benefiting everyone from pilots and their passengers to manufacturers.”
The final bill, passed on Nov. 14, follows U.S. Senate approval of the measure in early October. The initial version of the legislation, H.R. 1848, passed the House earlier this year by a vote of 411-0.
Originally introduced by Kansas congressman and long-time general aviation champion Mike Pompeo (R-4-KS), along with co-sponsors Sam Graves (R-6-MO), Dan Lipinski (D-3-IL), Rick Nolan (D-8-MN) and Todd Rokita (R-4-IN), H.R. 1848 closely followed recommendations made last year by a joint industry-government Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) tasked with revising Part 23 certification standards in consideration of advances in technology and manufacturing processes.
The legislation, which quickly garnered strong bipartisan support among House lawmakers, calls for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to adopt, no later than Dec. 31, 2015, consensus-based, design-specific standards that place greater emphasis on aircraft- and systems-specific criteria, over broader industry parameters such as the aircraft weight-and-propulsion method used now.
The revised version of the Small Aircraft Revitalization Act, reconciled with similar legislation (S. 1042) introduced by Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) earlier this year, passed the Senate on Oct. 4 and returned to the House for final passage. The bill now moves to the White House for President Obama’s signature into law.
“We particularly thank the broad coalition of lawmakers in Congress, including members of the House and Senate GA Caucuses, who listened to the concerns of their constituents and stakeholders, and who have recognized that this legislation is essential to the continued prosperity and growth of general aviation, a vital American industry,” Bolen concluded.
NBAA Convention a Resounding Success for the Business Aviation Industry
(NBAA, 10/24/13) The National Business Aviation Association’s (NBAA’s) 2013 Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA2013) hosted three days filled with robust exhibitor and attendee participation, a number of news-making announcements from products and services providers, and other exciting show features.
“Any way you look at it, this year’s show was a success,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. “The energy and enthusiasm among exhibitors and attendees has demonstrated once again the tremendous value the industry continues to place on this event as a premier national and international business aviation venue.”
NBAA2013, which took place from Oct. 22 to 24, featured a packed show floor, with about 1,100 exhibitors displaying the latest products and services in two exhibit halls. A sold-out static display of aircraft at Henderson Executive Airport featured 83 fixed-wing aircraft of all types and sizes, while an all-new indoor static display of aircraft at the Las Vegas Convention Center featured 12 more light business airplanes and helicopters.
The show closed with 25,425 people in attendance, which included representation from all 50 U.S. states and more than 90 countries around the world. Read more about the NBAA Convention’s continuing role as an international business aviation event.
Bolen noted that, in addition to being a success by the numbers, other aspects of the show pointed to its strength and value, including:
•A full Opening General Session on the show’s first day, which included remarks from leaders in Congress, the Administration and business. At the session, NBAA presented the Al Ueltschi Award for Humanitarian Leadership to actor and accomplished pilot Harrison Ford for his use of general aviation aircraft to help those in need. Read more about the NBAA2013 Opening General Session.
•A second-day General Session that began with a lively discourse among general aviation association leaders, continued with a presentation of the Combs-Gates Award from the National Aviation Hall of Fame and concluded with a roundtable gathering of aviation legends and pioneers honoring astronaut Gene Cernan, the “last man on the moon,” and recipient of NBAA’s 2013 Meritorious Service to Aviation Award. Read more about the NBAA2013 Second-Day session.
•The introduction of new resources produced by the No Plane No Gain advocacy campaign, including a publication featuring 10 highly regarded CEOs with 10 universally recognized companies, who highlight 10 outstanding reasons for using business aviation. Learn more about the new advocacy resources introduced at NBAA2013.
•The fact that, during the show, NBAA crossed the 10,000-Membership mark for the first time in the Association’s history – a key indicator of NBAA’s value to industry.
•A full roster of education sessions held throughout the week, many of which focused on emerging trends, including advanced in-cockpit display and information technologies, the continued proliferation of iPads in aircraft cockpits, and the latest information for companies using aircraft to access international markets in an increasingly global business environment. Read a web story about one such session.
•A Careers in Business Aviation Day, held Oct. 24, which provided a wealth of information about the many opportunities throughout the industry to Las Vegas-area middle school, high school and college students. The day opened with an inspirational session featuring former NASA astronaut Bonnie J. Dunbar, who logged more than 50 days in orbit over five space shuttle flights, and Barrington Irving, the youngest pilot to fly solo around the world. Learn more about NBAA’s Careers in Business Aviation Day.
•A successful benefit event that raised $440,000 in support of the Corporate Angel Network’s mission to provide life-saving flights to take cancer patients to treatment centers aboard business aircraft. Read more about the NBAA/CAN Soiree.
“The business aviation community’s resilience and the resourcefulness was as much on display this year as ever,” Bolen said. “We are delighted by the excitement that surrounded this year’s Convention, and we are already looking forward to next year’s show in Orlando, FL, from Oct. 21 to 23, 2014,” Bolen concluded.
Wichita's aviation industry, facilities, skilled work force on display at NBAA in Las Vegas
(Wichita Eagle - 10/17/2013) - Local economic development officials will promote Wichita – especially its Boeing facilities, aviation industry and skilled work force – when they travel to Las Vegas next week for three key conventions.
“We’re going to be bouncing back and forth,” Greater Economic Development Coalition president Tim Chase said of manning all three events. “It’s going to be all hands on deck.”
The GWEDC will take part in the National Business Aviation Association’s annual convention, the CoreNet Global North American Summit and a Marcus Evans Group aerospace and defense matchmaking event, all in the matter of days.
The GWEDC will promote Boeing’s facilities in southeast Wichita at the CoreNet Global North American Summit, which is expected to attract 2,000 to 3,000 corporate office real estate executives from around the country, Chase said.
“We’re going to be displaying at that exhibit,” Chase said. “If you are vice president of real estate with a large publicly held company, this is the event you go to.
“They need to know that we have 600,000 plus office space on a 70-acre campus and that we have over a million square feet of manufacturing and hangar space that is coming available.”
Boeing announced in January 2012 that it planned to close its historic Wichita facility and move work to Oklahoma City, San Antonio and the Pacific Northwest. Company officials said cuts to the nation’s defense budget, high overhead costs at the plant and a wind-down of current programs led to its decision to close.
Boeing is working with national real estate firm CBRE in Kansas City, Mo., to sell the facilities near 47th and Oliver.
Marketing materials for the facilities will refer interested parties to the firm, Chase said.
“We can tell Boeing’s story,” he said. “We want to make sure we tell that to as many people as we possibly can who are sensitive to or in the business of real estate.”
The GWEDC and its partners will promote Wichita and its skilled aviation work force at the world’s largest business aviation show, the NBAA convention, that opens Tuesday in Las Vegas.
It’s a perfect venue with 25,000 attendees and 1,100 exhibitors.
At its exhibit at the Las Vegas Convention Center, the theme is “High Flying Talent,” Chase said.
“Talent is what we have to offer,” he said. “That is the most important differentiator that other communities can talk about but can’t really drive home as well as Wichita can.”
Communities and states aggressively promote themselves to aviation manufacturers and companies attending NBAA.
“The other communities that are constantly knocking on their doors to invest elsewhere in the country are sort of Johnny-come-latelys to the aviation business,” Chase said. “If you go and talk with most any community across the country and ask them what industry sectors are you targeting … I would guess 50 percent of them would say some aspect of aviation or aerospace.”
The reason is the high multiplier effect aviation has on a community, Chase said. Depending on the economic metric used, every job in aviation creates two or three additional jobs in a community, he said.
According to Forbes magazine, Wichita ranks third in the nation when it comes to its concentration of engineers in the work force. San Jose, Calif., and Houston were No. 1 and No. 2. Wichita has 22 engineers per 1,000 workers because of the number of aviation engineers who are here.
The job now, officials said, is to protect and grow Wichita’s aviation industry.
“We have what many many other cities wish they had,” Chase said. “It’s a matter of getting the story told.”
“It’s difficult to build a cluster, but it can be relatively easy to lose a cluster,” Chase said. “Part of the reason for attending the show is to reinforce the notion that we have the most competitive work force in the country.”
The GWEDC is partnering with a number of other groups that are sending representatives to NBAA. Partners include the City of Wichita, Sedgwick County, National Institute for Aviation Research, National Center for Aviation Training, Kansas Department of Commerce, Newton City-County Airport, Capps Manufacturing, Assystem, K-96 Coalition and the Wichita Aero Club.
The GWEDC will also take part in a Marcus Evans Aerospace & Defense Manufacturing Summit on Sunday and Monday. It brings executives from more than 50 aerospace and defense manufacturers together with companies offering parts, services and other products.
It’s an invitation-only matchmaking event, and Chase said the GWEDC is the only economic development group to take part.
“We think that’s a tremendous competitive advantage,” he said.
Chase and GWEDC managing director Debra Teufel are scheduled to meet with 24 companies. Each will meet separately with 12 companies, with each meeting scheduled to last 30 minutes.
“This is our first attempt at doing this,” Chase said. “We really want to look at things a little bit differently than we have in the past. We want to make sure we’re exploring every possible way to tell our story better.”
Potential local expansion would lead to new jobs and investment - County Commissioners to vote July 24 and City Council to vote Aug. 6
Wichita, Kan. (7/22/2013) – The Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition (GWEDC) has worked with Triumph Aerospace Systems – Wichita, a subsidiary of Triumph Group, Inc., on a local expansion that would allow the Wichita location to diversify its customer base. If secured, the new work would mean the Wichita location would add 100 jobs over the next five years and invest more than $2 million in new machinery and facilities renovation.
The potential new client is Viking Air Limited, a Canadian first-tier aerospace original equipment manufacturer. Viking searched worldwide for a suitable supplier of the fuselage assembly section of the Twin Otter Series 400 aircraft.
Viking found that expertise with supplier Triumph Aerospace Systems – Wichita. The State of Kansas has pledged its support and if there is additional support from Sedgwick County and the City of Wichita, Triumph Aerospace Systems – Wichita will be the chosen supplier. The assembled fuselage would be shipped to Canada for final aircraft assembly.
“This is a great new line of work for Triumph Aerospace Systems – Wichita and also for the entire Wichita supplier network,” said Debra Teufel, Vice President Business Development, GWEDC. “In addition to the 100 new direct jobs that would be added as this program grows, we expect our sub-contractors and suppliers right here in the Air Capital may have an opportunity to compete for the many individual components that will go into this new fuselage assembly.”
GWEDC is working with all partners, including the state of Kansas, which is providing a package of state incentives to ensure the work happens in Kansas.
“Governor Brownback, the Department of Commerce and GWEDC had a great meeting with Triumph at the 2012 Farnborough Airshow,” Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George said. “Through the interaction at Farnborough, we built a strong relationship with senior leadership and discussed the ways Kansas and Wichita could support the company’s future growth and expansion. This type of opportunity is a great way to build rapport with companies considering investing and creating jobs in Kansas.”
Triumph Aerospace Systems – Wichita competed for the work package with suppliers in Eastern Europe, Taiwan, China and India, and won the contract due to the company’s ability to ramp up production quickly and supplement Viking’s Canadian manufacturing capacity. Because there is not a United States aircraft that competes in the same category as the Twin Otter Series 400, the partnership provides a North American product to supply the rapidly expanding global demand.
In addition to the State’s approval process, the Board of County Commissioners for Sedgwick County will vote on a recommended $78,000 forgivable loan on July 24 to allow Triumph Aerospace Systems – Wichita to expedite the ramp up for the project production lines.
“Our community was chosen over many global markets because our local community and state pulled together and partnered with the company team here, and we were able to compete,” said Sedgwick County Chairman Jim Skelton. “This says a lot about our desire to win the jobs war and about our great workforce.”
The City Council will vote on this expansion support at its next meeting on August 6.
Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer said, “This potential project is another example that Wichita can create jobs and compete globally when we work together. The 100 additional jobs would strengthen our manufacturing base and support our overall local economy. This would mean more momentum for a rebounding economy, and I want to thank the public and private partners who are working to bring new jobs to Wichita workers.”
Triumph Aerospace Systems – Wichita now has about 180 employees. If the project is secured for Wichita, the plan would increase workers by 100 over the next 5 years. The average annual salary is more than $40,600.
The Twin Otter Series 400 aircraft is the best-selling 19-passenger twin engine turbo-prop aircraft available on the market today. The Series 400 is designed for regional commuter transport and critical infrastructure support, and is highly sought after from customers operating in challenging environments around the globe. With increased international demand, Viking has had to increase production, requiring a key supplier for the aircraft assembly program.
Partnering with Triumph Aerospace Systems – Wichita also increases the ratio of U.S. content in the airframe. Viking believes this will help further future bids on U.S. Government contracts such as the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team, who took delivery of their third Twin Otter Series 400 aircraft last month.
Triumph Aerospace Systems – Wichita designs and manufactures aircraft windows, sheet metal assemblies, from wing spars to fuselage, pilot/co-pilot control wheels, and various composite assemblies for Spirit AeroSystems, Cessna Aircraft and Honda Jets at its composite manufacturing facility at 9323 East 34th Street.
“The entire team is excited to make this announcement because it’s a new manufacturer represented in the community with Viking work, which is great news for Triumph Aerospace Systems – Wichita and for the community,” Teufel said. “We’ve been working for more than a year on this project, helping Triumph Aerospace Systems – Wichita secure this work here. We really thank Governor Brownback and Commerce Secretary Pat George, who have been very supportive and met with Triumph senior leaders at the Farnborough Air Show last year. Those meetings and relationships matter when other states are aggressively trying to become an aerospace hub.”
Kansas Awarded Gold Shovel In The Under 3 Million Population Category
WESTBURY, N.Y., May 29, 2013 – Area Development, the leading publication covering site selection and facility planning, announces the winners of the 2013 Gold & Silver Shovel Awards. This year, four states — Alabama, Georgia, Kansas, and Texas, — are being awarded Gold Shovels in recognition of projects undertaken in 2012 creating a significant number of high-value-added new jobs as well as investment. Silver Shovels are being awarded to 15 other states in four population categories.
Our Annual Shovel Awards recognize state economic development agencies that drive significant job creation through innovative policies, infrastructure improvements, processes and promotions that attract new employers as well as investments in expanded facilities. The Gold Shovels are presented annually to the states that have achieved the most success in terms of new job creation and economic impact.
For the Silver Shovel Awards, the states are compared only to other states in their population tier. This year, California, Florida, and Pennsylvania are receiving Silver Shovels in the 10+ million population group; Indiana, Michigan, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia are being awarded Silver Shovels in the 5+ to 10 million category; Kentucky, Louisiana, and South Carolina will receive Silver Shovels in the 3+ to 5 million category; and Mississippi, North Dakota, Utah, and West Virginia are being honored in the 3 million or fewer population group.
Each of the 50 states was invited by Area Development to submit information about its top-10 job creation and investment projects. Only those projects that began to materialize in 2012 were considered. The Shovel Awards are given to the states with the highest weighted scores based on number of high-valued added jobs per capita, amount of investment, number of new facilities, and industry diversity.
“The states receiving 2013 Shovel Awards deserve special recognition for their efforts to attract new businesses and to help their existing corporate citizens to expand their businesses,” said Geraldine Gambale, editor of Area Development. “They have managed to thrive and emerge from the recession as economic leaders.”
A report on the 2013 Shovel Award winners will be published in the Q2/Spring 2013 issue of Area Development and posted online at www.areadevelopment.com/awards.
Area Development is published quarterly and has 60,000+ executive subscribers. It also maintains several highly visited websites, which can be reached through www.areadevelopment.com.
Airbus expanding its Wichita plant, workforce
The Associated Press
Published Monday, April 15, 2013
WICHITA, Kan. — Airbus Americas Engineering says it is planning to expand into a third space in downtown Wichita.
The company announced Monday it has already hired more people than had been expected after its last expansion. The firm's vice president of engineering, John O'Leary, says it has hired 150 people, more than the 100 it had planned to hire when it expanded in 2012.
The company now employs about 400 people in Wichita.
The new building is adjacent to the company's current facility. It will give the company 10,000 square feet to provide more space for current operations and allow for future growth.
SHOCKING THE WORLD: Wichita State survives Ohio State to reach Final Four
WICHITA STATE IS FINAL FOUR BOUND
By Paul Suellentrop
The Wichita Eagle - 4/1/2013
Los ANGELES — Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall stood on the ladder and counted down to the crowd of fans in Staples Center.
“Four,” he yelled, holding up four fingers. “Two. One.”
“Four. Two. One.”
“Four. Two. One.”
Wichita State can play angry all the way to Atlanta for the Final Four after Saturday’s 70-66 win over second-seeded Ohio State. The Shockers believe they can play angry all the way to the NCAA title.
The ninth-seeded Shockers (30-8) finished their march through the regional with a tour de force of aggression, determination and spirit properly channeled. They cut down nets, posed for pictures with the West Regional trophy and quickly talked about finishing in the Georgia Dome, where they expect to cut down more nets.
“Happiness throughout my whole body,” WSU freshman Ron Baker said. “It’s my (20th) birthday and we’re going to the Final Four.”
The Shockers are in the Final Four. Next up is two and then one.
“It feels good, but we’re not done yet,” senior Carl Hall said. “It’s on to the next game. We’re just ready to go and make a run for this thing."
WSU knocked off the top two seeds in the region on its way to its first Final Four since 1965. It will play the winner of Sunday’s Duke-Louisville game on Saturday.
Coach Gregg Marshall hugged Lynn, his wife, before cutting down the nets. It took him 15 seconds to control his emotions before summing it up.
“Awesome,” he said. “It’s great. So many people were positive that first year (2007-08). I remember getting a standing ovation … after we lost a game at home. Because we were playing our butts off. We’ve got some of the most loyal fans. They deserve this more than you know.”
The Shockers won a school-record 30th game with 35 minutes of superb play and five holding on for dear life to earn the biggest road trip of their careers.
Ohio State (29-8) made a late push, pressing and tiring out the Shockers. It got within three points before WSU pushed back. Tekele Cotton’s three gave WSU a 65-59 lead. Then his offensive rebound — beating bigger players to the ball — gave the Shockers possession. That ended with Fred VanVleet’s shot in the lane bouncing on the rim once, twice, three times before settling in for a 67-61 lead. After an Aaron Craft miss, Ron Baker made two free throws for a 69-61 lead with 51.3 seconds to play.
“We needed a bucket,” VanVleet said. “Probably not the most pretty shot, but it went for me.”
Malcolm Armstead led WSU with 14 points. Early and VanVleet each added 12. Baker scored nine points, all from the foul line.
La Quinton Ross led Ohio State with 19 points. Ohio State shot 31.1 percent for the game. It fell behind in the first half with a miserable shooting performance, 8 of 33 and 2 of 10 from three-point range.
“Man, they D’d us up,” Buckeyes coach Thad Matta said. “You can’t go 8 for 31 in the first half of a great team.”
WSU made strong starts a trademark this tournament. It took the fight to Pittsburgh in its opener. It led top-seeded Gonzaga by 13 in the first half. It blitzed La Salle with a 17-3 start.
“We had energy from the get-go,” Cotton said. “We wanted to come out and make a statement that we weren’t going to bow down to nobody.”
WSU weathered — or didn’t need to weather — the Buckeyes’ surge early in the second half. While the Shockers prepared for it, it never happened. They scored the first six points of the second half to build a 41-25 lead. Armstead’s three made it 44-27 within inside 15 minutes remaining.
Ohio State made it push midway the half. Ross scored 10 of Ohio State’s 12 points in a burst that got it within 56-43.
WSU’s offense stalled and Early went to the locker room for X-rays after landing awkwardly on his left ankle. He returned minutes later, with WSU holding a 56-45 lead.
His return paid off quickly with his steal of pass by Ross. That led to a three-point play for VanVleet and a 60-45 lead with 7:03 remaining.
Ohio State responded with a 7-0 run that cut tiring WSU’s lead to 60-52. It kept coming, getting within 62-57 before Tekele Cotton’s three revived WSU momentarily.
Wichita State’s offensive resurgence continued in the first half. The Shockers made 5 of 12 three-pointers and led 35-22 at halftime.
“Our first half was probably the worst I have seen us play in a very long time,” Ohio State’s Lenzelle Smith Jr. said. “They came out and fought from the jump ball.”
Its defense maintained its season-long status. Ohio State, denied driving lanes and post shots, shot contested jumpers and missed. It finished the half 8 of 33 from the field and 2 of 10 from behind the arc. Thomas made 4 of 13 shots and missed all five of his threes.
Corporate planes give business owners an edge
Posted on Thu, Dec. 13, 2012
The Wichita Eagle By Molly McMillin
If it wasn’t for business aviation, the Berry Companies wouldn’t be the company it is today.
“We wouldn’t be nearly as far flung,” Walter Berry, president, said of the Wichita-based company’s eight divisions and 29 locations in six states – Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Texas.
We wouldn’t have looked at opportunities as far away. ... We’d be a lot smaller.”
Walter and his father, company chairman Fred Berry, both pilots, have used a variety of airplanes over the years to fly themselves and staff members to their growing number of sites.
Last year, the company moved up from a Socata TBM 700 turboprop to a faster, higher-flying Cessna Citation Mustang light business jet.
Company officials say they make about 75 business trips a year.
The plane can leave Jabara Airport early in the morning, for example, fly to Garden City for meetings, over mountains for meetings in Grand Junction, Colo., back across the Continental Divide to Cheyenne, Wyo., and then to Denver— all in a day. They then hold meetings again the next day.
Commercially, you couldn’t do that,” Walter Berry said.
Berry is one of a multitude of Wichita-area and Kansas businesses – car dealers, bankers, manufacturers, oil companies, health professionals and others — who rely on business aviation.
Last month, a study of U.S. Standard & Poor’s 500 companies by NEXA Advisors concluded that companies that used business aviation during the economic downturn — from 2007 to 2011 — outperformed competitors that did not.
The companies had better profits, created more jobs and were among the best managed companies in the U.S., according to the research, which was sponsored by the aviation industry.
The findings also indicated that companies using business aviation recovered from revenue setbacks more quickly and were more likely to grow their workforce.
Past studies looking at smaller companies showed similar results, said Ed Bolen, president and CEO of the National Business Aviation Association, which sponsored the study along with Bombardier Aerospace and Embraer.
“In Wichita, everybody knows that business airplanes represent good manufacturing jobs,” Bolen said. “But they’re also critical to companies all over the United States.”
Business aviation provides a valuable tool and a competitive edge, he said.
“Companies that use business airplanes are outperforming their competitors in the same industry that do not use the airplanes,” Bolen said. “That’s the bottom line.”
The number of Fortune 500 companies relying on business aviation has risen in the past four years, Bolen said.
“At times of economic pressure, companies need to be efficient and proactive,” Bolen said.
At Berry Companies, the use of an airplane “allows us to get out with our people, and we think that’s important,” Walter Berry said. The Wichita office is the administrative group for the various divisions and provides the accounting, processing, payroll, insurance, advertising and financial services.
The ability to visit multiple locations in a day and get employees home at night has value, Berry said.
And “If a meeting runs over, I have the keys in my pocket,” he said.
Walter Berry, with more than 2,700 flight hours, does most of the flying. Fred Berry no longer flies.
The company also uses backup pilots from Aviation Dynamix.
The Mustang is an investment, said Fred Berry. “But it’s a long-term investment.”
The jet will serve the company for 20 years.
Still, the trips must make sense.
Operating costs for the Mustang run about $700 per flight hour, Walter Berry said. That cost will rise once the plane is out of warranty.
A trip in the Mustang with its seats full beats the cost of airline tickets.
Flying with the plane half full is a convenience.
And if you fly alone?
“You pay a premium,” Walter Berry said.
“We do go through that equation,” he said. “If I’m flying alone or one of our people is flying alone, we would tend to use the airlines.”
A jet such as the Mustang might be more difficult to justify if there weren’t multiple people needing to travel, Berry said.
“Or you might justify a single-engine piston plane as opposed to a jet,” he said. “It (the plane) does need to be geared toward how you’re going to use it.”
Local companies use a variety of single-engine and twin-engine airplanes to do business.
Chuck Pierson, a dentist with Wichita Family Dental, uses a twin-engine Cessna 421 in his practice, which employs30 people, including three other dentists.
Two-thirds of the time, Pierson does the flying.
He flies staff members and dentists to continuing education classes to learn the latest in clinical procedures, techniques in making crowns or performing root canals or on updating computer software.
The ability to get to training and home in the same day is a convenience, he said. And it saves money on hotels and meals and additional pay for more time on the road.
Recently Pierson and another dentist jumped in the airplane on a Wednesday to look at dental equipment in Colby, a trip that would have taken four to five hours of drive time.
“There’s no way we would have driven out there on a Wednesday night,” Pierson said.
Andy Smith, president and owner of Alltite, a distributor of industrial maintenance equipment, began using a plane in his business after he flew to Grand Junction, Colo., with a friend, who then let him borrow both the airplane and pilot for the week.
Smith did business in seven cities in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming and was back in Wichita on Thursday in time to watch his son’s baseball game.
Without the plane, visiting that many customers would have taken three separate trips over three weeks.
He was sold.
Smith decided then that he wanted to learn to fly and turned to the pilot, Steve Hinkle, for advice.
Hinkle became his flight instructor. Smith earned his private pilot’s license in March 2011. He earned a multi-engine rating in August and is working on an instrument rating.
At the same time, Smith sought advice from Sabris Corp. for help in buying the right plane for his business needs.
“We went through many different models and picked it out based our mission and what we were going to be doing,” Smith said.
He bought a 1978 twin-engine Piper Aztec.
For now, Smith typically flies with another pilot on board, unless he’s sure the weather will let him fly under visual flight rules.
His customers are in rural communities without commercial airline service.
“I go to where there’s wind farms and refineries and oil fields, and they’re never in big cities,” Smith said.
Getting from Grand Junction, Colo., to Vernal, Utah, would take him hours.
It would take three hours just to drive over Douglas Pass, a mountain pass in Colorado located between the two cities, because of switchbacks, winding roads and slow traffic.
“In an airplane, it takes 30 minutes to get over the pass,” Smith said.
He often takes along sales staff and the pilot drops everyone off in various cities to see customers, and then picks them back up.
The plane has allowed the business to grow quickly.
“I can close deals that I otherwise probably wouldn’t be able to do,” Smith said.
He’s been able to add sales staff and plans to add more.
When a customer is in a bind and needs a part, Smith can send the part out right away.
“When you do that, you’ve got a customer for life,” he said.
His small company competes with much bigger businesses.
“But the president and CEO of that company doesn’t go to the middle of Nowhere, Texas,” he said.
“When someone says the president of our company is going to fly down there and see you, that’s a huge benefit,’ he said. “They don’t know I’m not flying in a $12 million Learjet, but I still get there.”
There’s nothing inexpensive about owning an airplane, Smith said.
The cost of fuel, maintenance, oil, hangar rental, insurance and other costs average about $320 a flight hour.
But, “it makes complete sense,” he said. “I’m using the plane to make money. ... It allows me to be more places and do what I’m good at.”
He doesn’t use the airplane, however, on trips that take two hours or less to drive.
“I’m not a millionaire,” Smith said. “I’m a regular guy with a little airplane. But it works out for what we do.”
Tim Chase Named President of GWEDC
Wichita, Kan. (1/24/2013) – The Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce and the Greater WichitaEconomic Development Coalition (GWEDC) announced the selection of Tim Chase as GWEDC President and Senior Vice President of Economic Development for the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce which manages GWEDC.
Chase has been with the Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce in Texas since 1998, when he was named Vice President, Economic Development. He has served as the Wichita Falls Chamber President and CEO since 2001. Throughout his career he has been very active in the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), currently serving on the board of directors, regularly speaking and teaching classes. In addition, Chase has been an instructor at the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute for more than 20 years and served as Dean of the Institute in 2008 and 2009.
“I’m looking forward to focusing all my attention on the economic development programs in Wichita,” Chase said. “My first passion is helping a community improve itself by building wealth for all its citizens. I had the opportunity to speak to GWEDC investors at their Mid-Year reporting meeting in July of 2009. At that time the community was struggling through the brutal impacts of the national recession. I was intrigued when I revisited Wichita this month to learn that leadership has truly coalesced around being more competitive and how the Leadership Council is ready to create change and momentum in building wealth throughout the community.”
During his 24 years in economic development Chase has worked with hundreds of companies to keep them strong, add net-new employment, and attract companies to backfill jobs lost through attrition from normal business cycles.
“Economic development is a way of thinking long-term and of deploying community resources in such a way as to recognize the realities of the current environment and facilitate positive change in a community,” Chase said.
Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Gary Plummer said, “We have a real opportunity as a community to fully capitalize on our strengths and address our barriers, and Tim is just the person to sell the community while helping us develop and shape our future. We have a very experienced and dedicated staff who with Tim’s leadership and experience, will ensure we reach our goal.”
Chase is one of 1,200 Certified Economic Developers as designated by the IEDC. IEDC named him one of only 300 Fellow Members nationally in 2001, when he was also elected to the IEDC’s Board of Directors. In Texas, he has served on numerous statewide committees, including in 2008 and 2009 as Chairman of “Team Texas,” an association of 55 communities that market themselves for new investment. He was appointed to the Governor’s Regional Commercialization and Innovation Council to identify and finance entrepreneurial projects in the Dallas Metroplex in 2009.
“We have continued to build upon our abilities to keep and attract companies and investment,” said GWEDC Chairman Steve Sharp, Vice President, Corporate Controller for Spirit AeroSystems. “We have a great staff and a great story, and now we need to have the continued conversation of what the community wants and how we work together to move in the same direction. Given Tim’s leadership and experience in economic development, Tim will add a new dimension to that conversation.”
Chase applauds the strong partnership that already exists with the city, county, and state plus private business leaders to recruit, retain and expand jobs and investment in Sedgwick County. GWEDC also works with counties in south-central Kansas to market the region.
Chase will be on hand for the GWEDC’s Annual Meeting scheduled for February 21st.
Suzie Ahlstrand has been serving as the interim GWEDC president since February, 2011. This fall she was named Senior Vice President of Community Advancement and will continue to work with the Leadership Council and Visioneering Wichita, among other Chamber initiatives.
“We thank Suzie for her leadership during this past year at GWEDC and in her other efforts,” Plummer said. “Her ability to juggle many important projects and priorities was an important component of the success of the economic development effort and other Chamber efforts.”
GWEDC is the regional public-private partnership formed by the City of Wichita, Sedgwick County and private business. It is managed by the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce and charged with creating and executing the community’s business recruitment, retention and expansion plans and marketing the region.
E.D. Coalition works to secure Bombardier Learjet expansion and hundreds of new Wichita jobs
(November 14, 2011, Wichita, KS) The economic development coalition of private business, Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce, City of Wichita and Sedgwick County that forms the Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition (GWEDC) is working to secure a total $52.7 million expansion of Bombardier Learjet’s presence in Wichita. The expansion would include several new buildings, expanded facilities and create hundreds of new, high-paying jobs.
If the new project is secured, Bombardier Learjet would make $48.7 million in capital investment at its Wichita Mid-Continent Airport campus. Potential plans include:
• Expanded Bombardier Flight Test Center – Bombardier would expand its Flight Test Center that performs flight testing on all models of Bombardier aircraft plus conducts aircraft development and certification. The expansion would also provide for additional machining and fabrication.
• Engineering and IT Centers of Excellence – Plans include establishing an even larger presence of engineering expertise in Wichita that would serve as a hub to provide specialized engineering design services for a variety of Bombardier aircraft programs. Plus it would expand Bombardier’s Information Technology Center of Excellence where IT professionals from Learjet’s campus support Bombardier operations throughout the United States.
Potential new buildings would include:
• Aircraft Delivery Center to be built at Learjet’s entrance on Tyler Road
• Paint Facility for the new Learjet 85
• Production Flight Facility for aircraft testing prior to delivery
The planned expansions would initially create 400 new jobs at Learjet with a high of 625 jobs expected by the second year, ending with a cumulative total of 450 net new jobs at the end of 2017. Projected new payroll would be more than $47 million in the first year, reaching a high of $77.5 million by 2014.
“We are working closely together to make sure we can do our part on this project because it represents hundreds of new jobs and great new facilities,” said Mayor Carl Brewer. “But just as important it represents a more diversified Bombardier Learjet operations here. With the increased engineering, IT and test flight jobs, it helps us gain more Bombardier work that is spread across more areas in aviation which positions us well to earn even more work in the future.”
Working with GWEDC staff, City and County staff will propose to the City Council and Board of County Commissioners that each provide $1 million to construct two new parking lots on Learjet’s campus to allow for the new buildings. The new parking lots would be owned by the Wichita Airport Authority and leased to Learjet for employee and public use. The three new facilities – Learjet 85 Paint, Aircraft Delivery and Production Flight facilities would then be built on the current parking lots.
The Wichita Airport Authority has prepared a grant application for an Economic Development Administration (EDA) public works grant that would help defray the cost of the parking lot and fund an additional $2 million if the City Council and Board of County Commissioners vote to construct the lots. The $4 million new parking lots would join the $48.7 million investment from Bombardier Learjet for a total $52.7 million expansion. The South Central Kansas Economic Development District is assisting with the grant.
Based on the potential capital investment from Bombardier Learjet and the new job creation, the company would also be eligible locally for property tax abatement on the new and expanded facilities for up to ten years.
“We know that Bombardier has existing operations all over the United States and globe where they can choose to invest and create jobs,” said Sedgwick County Chairman Dave Unruh. “Plus we’re competing with very aggressive states and communities that want projects and jobs like these because the wages are high and the investment deep.
“It’s important that our team approach helps us secure this for our community and for Kansas. We thank everyone involved for their ongoing hard work on this project,” Chairman Unruh said.
The City Council will vote on the proposed incentives at its Tuesday November 15 meeting, and the County Commission plans to have the project on its agenda on Wednesday, November 23.
“We applaud the entire team of city, county and state which is working so hard to make sure this project and many others locate here in the Air Capital of the World,” said Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce Chairman Lynn Nichols. “What’s even better is that because of our great work force and our legacy in aviation, we can often out-play with smarter and fewer incentives the stiff competition and large amounts of cash that other states are willing to pay. We just can’t ever take it for granted.”
According to an analysis of the Center for Economic Development and Business Research at Wichita State University, given the company’s investment of dollars locally, the new construction, plus the new payroll compared to the cost of public services delivered, the project would return $1.26 to the City and $1.23 to the County for every dollar invested, providing the original $2 million investment back plus an additional $1.5 million total to the City general fund and to the County over the 10 years.
“Learjet is one of our premier companies with a world-renowned brand, and we congratulate them on this exciting plan for future growth,” said GWEDC Chairman Paul Allen. “Our business community understands that securing these kinds of investments and jobs from Bombardier is critical to securing and growing our community’s economic future. It’s especially great to have this kind of announcement in this economic environment.”
As is typical, the grant agreement includes provisions for the company repaying the funds if it does not make the capital improvements outlined or falls short of the new job creation.
“We know it’s been a hard few years in the aviation industry, and in our community, and we’re more than ready to celebrate some great news that positions us well for a great tomorrow,” Mayor Brewer said.
Air Capital of the World gets new identity
Wichita, KS (Sept, 2011) - To commemerate a century of flight, the Wichita AeroClub gave a new face to the Air Capital of the World title cherished by the Greater Wichita community since 1928. Designed by Wichita's Greteman Group, a new Air Capital of the World logo was unveiled at an AeroClub event premiering the second season of "The Aviators".
This new logo will be introduced to the international general aviation audience by the Greater Wichita partners at the 2011 NBAA in October. In the meantime, the new logo has been offered to all of Wichita's OEMs & the 300-company aviation supply chain along with the business community at-large to utlize in electronic, print, packaging and any other avenue where they want to display their Air Capital pride.
Site Selection Magazine Names Top Metro Areas for New and Expanded Corporate Facilities
Wichita, Kan. – Site Selection magazine released its top 10 lists of metro areas in the nation with the most new and expanded corporate facilities in 2007. Wichita tied for fourth with Dayton, Ohio, in the tier of metro areas with populations between 200,000 and 1 million.
The full top 10 in this tier were:
Greensboro/High Point, N.C.,
Omaha/Council Bluffs, Neb./Iowa and Akron, Ohio (tied for second)
Wichita and Dayton (tied for fourth)
Syracuse, N.Y and Raleigh/Cary, N.C. (tied for sixth)
Grand Rapids/Wyoming, Mich.
Lexington/Fayette Co. Ky. and Knoxville, Tenn. (tied for tenth)
Based in Atlanta, Site Selection magazine is the oldest publication in the corporate real estate and economic development field. Site Selection’s yearly analyses are regarded by corporate real estate analysts as a key industry scoreboard. The magazine has a circulation base of 44,000 executives involved in corporate site selection decisions.
For this analysis, the Conway Data Inc. New Plant Database tracks the number of new and expanded corporate projects with significant impact. New facilities and expansions included in the analyses must be corporate and meet at least one of three criteria: involve a capital investment of at least $1 million; create at least 50 new jobs; or add at least 20,000 square feet of new floor area.
Site Selection also named Ohio the recipient of its Governor’s Cup as the state with the most new and expanded corporate facilities. More information can be found at www.siteselection.com
“Wichita continues to be recognized for its growth and expansion,” said GWEDC Interim President Al Higdon. “This recognition from one of the most respected magazines in economic development will continue to help us position the Wichita community as a great place to locate and grow business."