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Hawker 400XPR jets undergoing upgrades

The first jets undergoing upgrades in Beechcraft’s Hawker 400XPR upgrade program are nearing final modifications, the company reports.

Boeing begins 737 production at increased rate

Boeing is starting assembly this week of the first 737 to be built at an increased rate of 42 per month, or more than 500 a year – the highest production rate to date.

Southwest gets $2.52 million in subsidies, will add flights in fall

Southwest Airlines for the first time has tapped into the state’s Affordable Airfares program to help underwrite losses on its Wichita service.

Textron secures loans to acquire Beechcraft

Textron, the parent company of Cessna Aircraft, has lined up funding to buy Beechcraft Corp., according to the company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Officials: No delays in getting tankers to McConnell, construction work done

Although a Defense Department report says testing of the new KC-46A refueling tanker may fall six to 12 months behind schedule, representatives from Boeing, Kansas’ congressional delegation and the Air Force disagree.

NIAR: European safety agency agrees to accept material data from Wichita center

The European Aviation Safety Agency will now accept the National Institute for Aviation Research’s specifications and design values developed for composites, a move that will shorten the certification process for planemakers, NIAR said.

Founder of Lee Aerospace buys back company

Lee Aerospace, which has operated as part of the Triumph Group for 14 years, is once again a stand-alone company.

NIAR partners with metrology company on free workshop

Hexagon Metrology of North Kingstown, R.I., and the National Institute for Aviation Research at Wichita State University will co-host a workshop focused on the use of metrology to address challenges in the aerospace industry next month.

Passenger traffic flat at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport in 2013

The number of passengers using Wichita Mid-Continent Airport was flat for 2013.

Airfares jumped again at end of 2013

The cost of air travel is rising.

Beechcraft, New Zealand sign $127 million pilot-training contract

WELLINGTON, New Zealand – New Zealand announced Monday it had signed a $127 million contract with Wichita-based Beechcraft Corp. for military pilot training.

Bevan-Rabell hosts avionics technology students

Students in the avionics technology program at the National Center for Aviation Training visited Bevan-Rabell at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport on Friday to learn more about the field.

Textron’s SEC filing outlines plan to borrow for Beechcraft acquisition

In the weeks since Textron announced a deal to buy Beechcraft Corp., behind-the-scenes work has been ongoing.

Business jet deliveries boost Cessna’s fourth-quarter revenue, profit

Cessna Aircraft revenue increased $22 million and profit rose $10 million in the fourth quarter of 2013 because of an increase in business jet deliveries.

Bombardier to lay off 350 more at Wichita Learjet plant

Bombardier is cutting 1,700 jobs, including 550 at its Learjet plant in Wichita, the company told employees in an internal memo Tuesday morning.

Irish-based leasing company orders 40 passenger jets from Boeing

GECAS, the world's largest aircraft leasing company, announced an order for 40 Boeing medium-haul passenger jets on Monday, in a fresh boost for the U.S. planemaker's best-selling model.

Bombardier Learjet deliveries fall 25 percent in 2013

Deliveries of Wichita-assembled Bombardier Learjets dropped 25 percent last year, although total deliveries of Challenger and Global series business jets rose, the company said Monday.

Beechcraft marks 50th anniversary of King Air

Beechcraft Corp. celebrated the 50th anniversary of the first flight of its King Air Model 90 with a flight of three King Air models flying over Beech Field.

A conversation with Allan McArtor, new CEO of Airbus Group

As a child, Allan McArtor, chairman of Airbus Americas, built model airplanes in his father’s workshop.

Job training programs featured during visit from congressional staffers

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