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Yingling, Mid-Continent join GAMA

The first Ascend 172 built by Yingling Aviation, shown at Yingling’s facilities at Wichita Eisenhower National Airport in July. Yingling was among two Wichita aviation firms to join the General Aviation Manufacturers Association.
The first Ascend 172 built by Yingling Aviation, shown at Yingling’s facilities at Wichita Eisenhower National Airport in July. Yingling was among two Wichita aviation firms to join the General Aviation Manufacturers Association. File photo

Two, long-time Wichita aviation firms have joined the General Aviation Manufacturers Association.

GAMA said earlier this week that it approved Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics and Yingling Aviation as new members of the 45-year-old, Washington, D.C., based trade group.

Mid-Continent and Yingling were among seven new companies approved for membership, the largest number of companies to join GAMA at one time, the organization said.

With Mid-Continent, Yingling and the five other companies — Celestica, Elliott Aviation, Gogo, Luxaviation Group and Textron’s Tru Simulation + Training — GAMA’s membership stands at 91 companies.

Mid-Continent was founded in 1964 in Wichita as a small repair station and has since added manufacturing. It has 185 employees in Wichita and Van Nuys, Calif.

Yingling was established in 1947 as a repair station and is now the largest fixed-base operator at Wichita Eisenhower National Airport. The company also recently began remanufacturing older Cessna 172s as part of its new Ascend program.

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