New hangar, more jobs in the works for Wichita aviation firm

Yingling Aviation is looking to build a large hangar and increase its workforce by 25 percent, adding to evidence of a growing aircraft industry in Wichita.

The fixed-base operator will seek approval on Tuesday from the Wichita City Council for up to $3.5 million in airport special facilities revenue bonds to construct the 23,000-square-foot hangar and add 25 new jobs.

“It’s a good expansion for us,” Yingling CEO and owner Lynn Nichols said Monday. “It’s a big one.”

Yingling’s plans come on the heels of Textron Aviation announcing the new SkyCourier plane and additional jobs, and just a couple of weeks after Bombardier said it would bring its Global 5000 business jet completions to Wichita, along with 100 new jobs.

According to city documents, Yingling plans to raze several smaller hangars at Wichita Eisenhower National Airport to construct the new one, which will house new offices and its turbine engine maintenance work as well as offer storage for customer airplanes.

Yingling will receive a sales tax exemption on the construction materials, equipment and furnishings for the new hangar. The 71-year-old company provides fuel and maintenance services to general aviation and military aircraft at Eisenhower as well as aircraft deicing to several commercial airlines at the airport.

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