Spirit AeroSystems CEO Jeff Turner said the long-term trends for aircraft usage remain extremely strong and people in Wichita should continue to support its industry.
Turner was one of the featured speakers today at the 31st Annual Wichita Area Economic Outlook Conference.
Turner said other states and countries are continually visiting him to lure aircraft plants to their location.
He believes that Wichita can continue to be the home to much of the industry, but it must retain its competitive advantages.
Among those advantages, he said, is level of worker training. That will only grow through the Nation Center for Aviation Training.
The demand will return, he said, and the companies will again hire thousands of workers.
"I maintain the decline is temporary and we will be back to the same situation of a few years ago," he said, referring to when the community struggled to train workers fast enough.
Other speakers talked about:
* Who will win, and who will lose, as the world's demand and supply of food grows.
* The continued struggles of the construction industry nationally.
* And the push among global leaders to restrain the U.S.' s overconsumption and trade deficit.