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Textron Aviation in Wichita says it is furloughing “most" of its U.S.-based staff for four weeks beginning Monday.


Officials from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating the scene of an explosion Friday at the Textron Aviation plant in east Wichita.

Officials say 15 people were injured – one critically – when a nitrogen line ruptured, leading to the explosion. The blast heavily damaged the Plant 3 building at the former Beechcraft plant, near Central and Webb.

Plant 3 houses composite manufacturing and experimental aircraft fabrication, according to Textron Aviation spokeswoman Stephanie Harder.

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Kansas may help pay workers at Spirit AeroSystems if the grounded Boeing 737 Max doesn't return to the sky soon, Gov. Laura Kelly said.

Kelly said she talked with Spirit CEO Tom Gentile on Tuesday, one day after Boeing announced that it was temporarily halting production of the 737 Max as it struggles to get approval from regulators to put the plane back in service.

Spirit AeroSystems reported strong second-quarter earnings Wednesday, despite Boeing’s continuing problems with the 737 Max.

Spirit says revenue was $2 billion, up 10 percent year over year in the second quarter, and earnings per share were up 23 percent. Both figures exceeded Wall Street expectations.

Boeing is Spirit’s largest customer, and the 737 makes up the bulk of work at Spirit’s plant in south Wichita. Boeing reported a second-quarter loss of nearly $3 billion dollars last week, its worst quarter ever.

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Spirit AeroSystems announced Wednesday it will add 1,400 new jobs over the course of the next year.


The aviation company is the largest employer in Wichita. Last year, Spirit announced it would add 1,000 jobs in the next two years, which already has done.


Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer and Gov.-elect Laura Kelly attended the news conference where Spirit president and CEO Tom Gentile made the announcement.


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Textron Aviation and NetJets have reached a purchase agreement for as many as 325 new jets.

Longtime Textron Aviation partner NetJets says it has reached a deal to become the first company to buy Cessna’s new Citation Hemisphere large business jet. The deal is an important milestone for a plane that has suffered delays in development due to problems with its new engine from French supplier Safran.

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For refugees arriving in the U.S., getting a job is one of the most important – and pressing – steps toward self-sufficiency, and toward building a life in their new home.

A new partnership between St. Francis Migration Ministries and WSU Tech is helping refugees in the area start new careers.


After nearly three years of testing, Boeing’s KC-46 tanker program has completed its final Federal Aviation Administration certification, the company said in a news release Wednesday.


The certification was one of the last major hurdles standing between the KC-46 and its delivery to McConnell Air Force Base.


The first tanker is expected to be delivered to McConnell next month.



McConnell Air Force Base in southeast Wichita will start receiving its next generation of air refueling tankers in October.

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Wichita Public Schools on Monday proposed a new high school aviation curriculum, with the goal of getting students ready to work in the aviation industry immediately after graduation.