October 23, 2012
Wichita, Kans. — More than 50 Kansas legislators visited the National Center for Aviation Training on Wednesday to explore the role of NCAT in Kansas’ aviation industry. Funded by Sedgwick County, NCAT serves as WATC’s main campus in partnership with Wichita State University’s National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR).
A panel comprised of Sedgwick County Technical Education and Training Authority (SCTETA) board members joined Dr. Tony Kinkel, WATC president, in a presentation about NCAT. Panelists included Jeff Turner, former president and CEO of Spirit AeroSystems; John O’Leary, vice president and general manager, Airbus Americas Engineering; Lyndon Wells, executive vice president, Intrust Bank; Patricia G. Koehler, president, JR Custom Metal Products; John Dieker, vice president of operations, Bombardier Learjet; Dave Unruh, Sedgwick County Commissioner; and Pete Meitzner, councilman, City of Wichita.
The visit was part of a statewide tour of university campuses to gather information about programs and spending. The lawmakers are looking at the activities and needs of each institution to help shape policy decisions when the Legislature convenes in January. WSU and Dr. John Tomblin, executive director at NIAR, allocated a portion of the legislators’ time for the discussion at NCAT.
Located at 4004 North Webb Road in Wichita, the 224,000 sq. ft. facility offers state-of-the-art labs and equipment for top-notch aviation training.