Kansas Aviation Economy
Kansas is located in the absolute center of the United States. Smith County, Kansas, is at the geographic center of the United States, making Kansas equidistant from both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.
Kansas has played important roles in the history of the United States. It was a free state during the Civil War, and has a Brown v. Board of Education historic site in Topeka. And although Kansas is (as previously stated) in the center of the U.S., it has a bit of the Wild West in its history: Kansas was home to cowboys and the famous lawman Wyatt Earp.
Dodge City was once a bustling cowboy town, but Kansas today has a large number of ghost towns and dwindling rural areas. In the northeast part of the state, Kansas City is one of the fastest growing cities in the country. Topeka, the capital city, has also seen a rise in its population. Wichita, located in south-central Kansas, is the largest city in the state.
Known as “The Air Capital of the World,” Wichita plays a major role in the aircraft industry. It is home to many manufacturing centers for aviation and aerospace companies such as:
- Spirit Aero Systems
- Hawker Beechcraft
Aviation maintenance and production is vital to Kansas’ economy, providing thousands of jobs for Wichita and Kansas City residents. Despite Boeing moving its facilities to another state, Kansas remains a competitive player in the field of aviation manufacturing.
Wichita Mid-Continent Airport is one of the major commercial airports for the state of Kansas, followed by Manhattan Regional Airport. Both Mid-Continent Airport and Manhattan Regional Airport offer daily flights to the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and Chicago O’Hare International Airport, allowing residents and tourists easy travel to either side of the country.
Olathe, located in Northeast Kansas, is home to the Johnson County Executive Airport. It serves both the private and public aviation sectors. General aviation is a popular interest among Kansas residents and the state offers ample FAA-approved training and education. The National Center for Aviation Training and Wichita State University’s National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) provide additional resources for students to learn the intricacies of the aviation and aerospace industries.
In addition to Kansas airports, there are plenty of near-by airports just outside of Kansas’ borders. Due to their proximity to state lines, Kansas City International Airport in Missouri, Tulsa International Airport in Oklahoma, Joplin Regional Airport in Missouri and Denver International Airport in Colorado are popular airports for those visiting or departing from Kansas.
Kansas Plane Crash
Kansas experiences its severe weather during the spring and early summer months. Its central location and lack of natural boundaries, such as mountains, makes it vulnerable to severe thunderstorms, super cell thunderstorms and tornadoes. And, while the expansive airspace can be considered a benefit for Kansas pilots, plane crashes can still occur for any number of reasons. An inexperienced pilot may overload his or her plane or take unnecessary risks such as flying during periods of low visibility, which could result in a personal injury.
The attorneys at Slack & Davis have over 20 years of experience helping those injured in plane crashes. Since 1993, our aviation attorneys have fought for the rights of airplane and helicopter passengers. If you have been injured in a plane crash, or lost a loved one, call 800-455-8686 today for a free case evaluation. Our law firm will get you the compensation you deserve for a wrongful injury or death.