Daily Archives: Sept. 21, 2013

Wichita should build Textron AirLand’s Scorpion long term

Congratulations to those at Cessna Aircraft involved in the secretive development since early 2012 of Textron AirLand’s Scorpion, a light jet for intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and attack. The prototype was unveiled in Maryland on Monday by parent company Textron, as Cessna president and CEO Scott Ernest revealed the project locally in a speech to the Rotary Club of Wichita. Testing and early production will be done in Wichita for the all-composite jet, which borrows the technology of the Citation business jets. Now, as Textron seeks customers, the state and local governments and the Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition need to do everything they can to keep Scorpion production in Wichita long term. Textron spokesman Dave Sylvestre said: “There isn’t an aircraft like it.” And there isn’t an aviation-manufacturing workforce better suited to build it than Wichita’s.

3rd District should leave 4th District congressman alone

When the Kansas GOP central committee considered policy resolutions last weekend, it had the good sense to reject one “opposing Congressman Mike Pompeo’s (in photo) posture regarding Syria” and advocating “that the United States should not conduct a military action against Syria at this time.” Kansas Republican Party chairman Kelly Arnold told The Eagle editorial board that the resolution was proposed and supported by committee members from the 3rd Congressional District and “almost unanimously voted down by the committee.” Arnold, also Sedgwick County clerk, said there was push-back over the 3rd District trying to tell the 4th District what to do with its congressman and because of the postponement of Congress’ vote on any resolution authorizing airstrikes in Syria. Plus, Arnold said, Pompeo’s seat on the House Intelligence Committee gives him access to classified information unavailable to the rest of us. “When Congressman Pompeo shows support for authorizing a resolution for this, I like to trust his judgment because he has a lot more knowledge than I do or anybody else does,” Arnold said.