Air Force move reflects problems with light air support contract

The Air Force’s decision to set aside the light air support contract awarded to Sierra Nevada Corp. and its partner, Brazil-based Embraer, does not guarantee the contract will end up going to Wichita’s Hawker Beechcraft. But it supports the contention by Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita, and Hawker officials that there were serious problems with the bidding. The Air Force eliminated Hawker Beechcraft from the competition in November for reasons that have yet to be fully explained. Many Americans would question whether any reason would justify outsourcing U.S. jobs on military aircraft to a Brazilian planemaker.