Salina Wichita-based Hawker Beechcraft has picked the Salina airport for a light-attack aircraft training program that could begin in late 2012.
The Salina Journal reports the Salina Airport Authority has signed a deal with Hawker Beechcraft to use the airport to train pilots and maintenance workers for the firm's AT-6 light attack aircraft.
The U.S. Air Force plans to award a light-air support contract within the next six months. Airport Authority director Tim Rogers says the long runway, modern hangars and proximity to the Smoky Hill weapons range make it a good choice for the training program.
Salina officials say the program could result in up to two dozen new pilot and maintenance jobs for the city.