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Aero Club meeting to feature panel of aviation suppliers

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, at 8:26 a.m.
  • Updated Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, at 4:38 p.m.

The Wichita Aero Club’s On-Air Summit scheduled for Dec. 16 has had a major change.

The luncheon panel discussion will feature some of the executives from Wichita aviation suppliers, rather than members of the state’s congressional delegation.

“This will be an opportunity to hear from leaders of the companies that supply many of the components and systems used by the industry’s OEMs (original equipment manufacturers),” said Dave Franson, president of the Wichita Aero Club. “They face their own unique set of challenges and regulations, and how they deal with them definitely influences the efficiency and success of the airframe manufacturers they serve.”

Previously the summit had planned to feature four members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate. But both houses of Congress are now scheduled to be in session that day, which forced the revision, Franson said.

First, sequestration and the government shutdown threatened to extend the legislative calendars of the House and Senate, he said.

“Then problems with Obamacare created a host of unanticipated hearings and a flurry of legislation that dashed virtually any hope of seeing the Congress end its current session before December 16 – the date of our On-Air Summit,” Franson said.

Panelists will include Woody Cottner, founder of Global Aviation Technologies; Jason Cox, chief technical officer for Cox Machine; and Rod Wilson, president of Air Capital Interiors.

The luncheon and summit will be held at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel at Wichita Airport.

Cost to attend is $30 for members and $40 for non-members. For information or reservations, call 681-4471 or go to www.wichitaaeroclub.org.

Reach Molly McMillin at 316-269-6708 or mmcmillin@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @mmcmillin.

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