Daily Archives: Feb. 22, 2013

Air Force light air support contract now expected next week

An Air Force decision on who will be awarded a light air support contract is now expected sometime next week, Beechcraft spokeswoman Nicole Alexander said.

The company had expected a decision on Friday, but has been told there has been a slight delay.

The contract for 20 aircraft for the Afghan air force is expected to total about $350 million.

There are two bidders. Wichita-based Beechcraft Corp., formerly Hawker Beechcraft, has proposed its AT-6 attack aircraft, a version of its T-6 trainer, for the project. Sierra Nevada Corp., meanwhile, has partnered with Brazil-based Embraer to offer its Super Tucano.

The planes are to provide the Afghan National Army Air Corp. with a fixed-wing strike capability. They are to be delivered over five years.

The effort to secure a contract has taken nearly three years and has been fraught with delays and legal challenges.

Wichita Aero Club meeting for today (Friday) canceled

The Wichita Aero Club meeting and luncheon planned for today (Friday) at the Doubletree Hotel by Hilton at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport has been canceled due to inclement weather.

Cessna CEO Scott Ernest, the scheduled keynote speaker, will now speak at the April meeting.