Wichita-China Aviation Office To Open
The mayor of Wichita, Carl Brewer, is expected next week to attend the opening of the Wichita-China Aviation Office in Beijing, China, which seeks to promote Wichita's aviation industry in that country. "We need to be in the game of international trade, and this trip reflects our dedication to helping Wichita companies expand their export opportunities," the mayor said in a statement. The office will be funded by private sponsors in China and Wichita, according to Kansas.com, as well as local manufacturers.
Beechcraft and Cessna Aircraft have already donated enough money to fund the office for its first year, Kansas.com reported. The program is expected to develop contacts and establish connections while also working to protect intellectual property rights. China's general aviation industry is expected to expand and the office also hopes to offer guidance as that industry grows. That guidance could help develop fixed-base operators, help establish maintenance and repair centers, and facilitate the sale of aircraft.