Chinese Delegates Sign Aviation Memo With Wichita

Kent Marshall of Suffolk, Va., and manager of Suffolk Executive Airport, takes a peek inside the cockpit of a Cirruss SR 22 four- passenger airplane at the Small Aircraft Transportation System (SATS) 2005 event, Monday, June 6, 2005, at Danville Regional Airport, where nationaly recognized aviation experts gathered to demonstrate the newest aviation technology. (AP PHOTO/Don Petersen)
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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ Wichita has announced plans to work with a city in China to develop aviation business opportunities.

Delegates from Xi'an, China, visited with Wichita officials on Thursday to sign a memorandum of understanding that the two cities will develop economic and trade opportunities centered on aviation. They're expected to work on education, training, airport management and other aspects of the aviation business.

The Wichita Eagle reports the deal comes as the Chinese government considers opening the country to general aviation.

Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer says the relationship will benefit Wichita because the Chinese will think first about Wichita companies before companies in other parts of the world.

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