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Aviation Museum getting valuable time, guidance

The future just brightened for the Kansas Aviation Museum, which will get more time to repay a $180,000 loan to the city and some valuable guidance from community leaders Judy and Phil Frick. The plans, announced at Mayor Jeff Longwell’s news briefing last week, push back the deadline from 2017 to 2020 for repayment of the loan, which funded climate-control and accessibility upgrades. Meanwhile, the Fricks will lend the museum their expertise on fundraising and nonprofit building. The strong interest in the director’s job was more good news. The facility will also need stronger attendance and donations, so it can focus less on financial and governance issues and more on celebrating and safeguarding Wichita’s unparalleled aviation heritage. – Rhonda Holman