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Annual tour will highlight jobs in aviation

The Kansas Department of Transportation’s Division of Aviation will host the sixth annual Fly Kansas Air Tour this week.

“We invite all the pilots in Kansas to sign up to go participate at one time,” said KDOT Director of Aviation, Bob Brock. “We have over 50 pilots showing up this Wednesday night in Wellington. We will rally together to take all of those aircraft to 11 locations around the state in order to meet with children from schools and teach them about science and aviation and opportunities for new jobs in Kansas.”

There’s much more to aviation than just being a pilot.

“There’s absolutely an entire profession of professionals that do aircraft maintenance, manufacturing, component repair and other jobs,” said Brock. “The magic of this entire profession is that they’re all high-paying jobs.”

Highlights for this year include opportunities for students to learn from pilots, tour through aviation museums and local business fairs and view historic aircraft participating in the tour and on static display.

“Right now, we have an average of $60,000 a year for each one of our aircraft maintenance technicians in Kansas,” said Brock. “There’s over 93,000 people building airplanes in Kansas.”

This year’s events take place in Wellington, Pittsburg, Garnett and Concordia on Thursday, Sept. 26; Rooks County, Goodland, Hays and Kingman on Sept. 27; and Benton, Abilene and Wichita on Sept. 28. For more information, go to flykansas.org.

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