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If you have to have a problem with your airplane, Wichita is a good place to be

Mac McClellan, editor-in-chief of Flying Magazine, has been a pilot for about 37 years. McClellan was in Wichita and getting ready to fly home from Jabara Airport when he had a problem with his Wichita-built Beech Baron.

It seems he had a dead magneto on the left engine. The mechanics at Midwest Corporate Aviation at Jabara Airport went to work. “Wichita is probably the only city in the United States where a magneto coil is on the shelf and available, so I was in the air after only a couple hours delay,” McClellan wrote in the October issue.

I won’t go into the puzzling problem he had with the magneto. But if trouble had to happen, being here in the Air Capital, where the planes are built, sure had its benefits.