December 15th Wichita Aero Club ‘On-Air’ Summit Now Available On Website

January 9, 2010 8:03am

Panel of Top Managers from Wichita Aerospace Companies and FLYING Magazine Editor Mac McClellan discuss economy, prospects for 2010

The Wichita Aero Club’s December 15 ON-AIR SUMMIT featuring the senior executives of Wichita’s airframe manufacturers and prominent aviation writer and FLYING magazine editor Mac McClellan is now available on the Internet. The wide-ranging discussion which dealt with subjects from the economy, prospects for 2010, outsourcing and governmental regulatory initiatives can be accessed by visiting the WAC website at The re-broadcast of the nearly two hour discussion is sponsored by the Wichita Aero Club, the Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association (AOPA), ADR, Inc., BBK, Inc., the National Aeronautics Association (NAA,FLYING Magazine and Jajo Advertising. The event attracted a crowd of approximately 350 people.

“We were extremely pleased with the response to this unique event,” noted Dave Franson, Wichita Aero Club Executive Director, “It brought together our local industry leaders and they were extremely candid and informative. Mac McClellan did a masterful job of moderating and advancing the discussion and the content covered a number of topics with relevance to both the local aviation community and the broader aerospace industry,” he said. “We are grateful to the participants for taking time from their busy schedules to be involved and to our sponsors for allowing us to disseminate this event to a much wider audience over the Internet,” he added.

Scott Oathout of Boeing Integrated Defense Systems in Wichita, Jack Pelton of Cessna, Bill Boisture of Hawker Beechcraft, David Coleal of Bombardier Learjet, and Jeff Turner of Spirit AeroSystems, made up the panel. FLYING Magazine’s Editor in Chief J. Mac McClellan moderated the discussion and focused on four key areas: Business and Recovery Outlook, Wichita’s future focus, Employment levels and Government influence.

“The attendance for this luncheon set a record for Wichita Aero Club luncheons, exceeding the 240 attendees we had in January when Craig Fuller, the president of AOPA, made his first public appearance in that role and the 208 people who attended our NO BLACK TIE Black Tie Ball in June where Tom Poberezny of the Experimental Aircraft Association spoke. We’re hopeful that the availability of this event on the website will contribute to a broader understanding and awareness of the issues facing the aerospace industry among the general public,” Franson added.

The Wichita Aero Club was founded in October of 2008 to foster and promote interest in aviation, provide a forum focused on the industry’s issues and achievements and bring together those with a passion for flight.