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Aviation companies sign agreements to boost China trade

Several preliminary trade agreements related to aviation have been signed as a result of a recent trip to China by a delegation of elected officials and business people.

Last week, the delegation from Wichita opened the first Air Capital liaison office in the city of Xi’an, China.

Kansas Global Trade Services, a Wichita-based nonprofit that focuses on trade relations, helped coordinate the trade visit and office opening.

Five memorandums of understanding were signed as part of the trip.

One of the agreements was between Professional Engineering Consultants (PEC) and Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (BUAA) to look at PEC consulting on the development of airports and industrial parks.

PEC, which turns 50 next year and is based in Wichita with offices in Kansas, Oklahoma and Colorado, has not done work like this in China before, said Tim Lenz, principal in PEC’s electrical division. The company’s goal is to eventually have contracts to do master planning for airports.

“They want to look at utilizing someone with our expertise to help them plan where an airport might be located as related to a city center, how big it needs to be, and the functions an airport needs to support the area,” said Nick Moore, associate in the electrical division at PEC.

As part of the preliminary agreement, PEC sent Brad Weisenburger, associate in airport planning with PEC’s Lawrence office, to China.

According to a news release, the agreements include:

▪ NEK China Flying Club, Global Aviation Technologies and its subsidiary Global Aviation Training Organization, BUAA, Kansas Global and Wichita Aviation Office of China (WAOC) signed an agreement that “identifies compatible areas in the general aviation industry and the desire to establish an agreement to train mechanics, technicians and pilots for general aviation in the Wichita area.”

▪ BUAA, Kansas Global and WAOC signed an agreement to establish a Wichita Air Capital liaison office at BUAA, where students will be “hired as interns to provide support staff for the office, providing the students with a real life experience in general aviation, research capabilities and consultation from BUAA to partner Chinese cities regarding development of general aviation industrial parks and airports.”

▪ BUAA and Professional Engineering Consultants signed an agreement stipulating that “both parties have many compatible areas in general aviation industry to share, learn and benefit from, focusing on exploring an agreement to provide airpark and airport development consulting.”

▪  lobal Parts, Wenzhou city, BUAA, Kansas Global and WAOC, signed an agreement that Wenzhou and Global Parts will “explore a working partnership in the area of supply chain distribution and aircraft manufacturing.”

▪ Kansas Global Trade Services, WAOC and Wenzhou city signed an agreement to establish an Air Capital liaison office in Wenzhou.

Reach Kelsey Ryan at 316-269-6752 or kryan@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @kelsey_ryan.

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