Governor among Kansas’ aviation salesmen

Good for Gov. Sam Brownback and Commerce Secretary Pat George for planning to join the Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition and businesses such as Beechcraft Corp., Bombardier Aerospace and Spirit AeroSystems at the Paris Air Show this week. With $2.07 billion in exports last year and more than 30,000 workers, Kansas’ aerospace industry remains a global heavyweight. But the fight to defend and build market share is fierce. For example, Wichita’s three business jetmakers now build 38 percent of all corporate jets, down from 70 percent less than a decade ago. As Brownback told The Eagle’s Molly McMillin this month, it’s time to promote Kansas’ aviation industry to the world and drum up new business. “We have to go sell that,” he said. He’s right to do so personally.