The only major firm locating at the TransPark is Spirit AeroSystems of Wichita. They will be building components for the new Airbus A-350 (left) now under development to compete with the new Boeing B-787.
They are receiving a huge subsidy from the state and the Golden Leaf Foundation which is nothing more than a gift to trial lawyers paid by smokers.
Spirit builds all the fuselages (bodies) for the B-737, Boeing's most successful aircraft of all time. All of Southwest Airlines aircraft are B-737s (left). Mr. (Jim) Goodnight and his wife Ann fly around the world in their own personal B-737.
Called the BBJ, or Boeing Business Jet, the plane is a plush conversion of a 132-passenger jet. I am a big supporter of corporate aircraft for business and personal travel as they are money makers for executives and there is a huge corporate aircraft manufacturing and support industry in our country and nation that depends on these planes. Many small county airfields in our country would die without the revenue they make from corporate aircraft in the form of fuel sales, landing and ramp fees, hangar rental and maintenance.
It does seem odd to me though that amidst all the media bleating over the use of corporate aircraft in recent weeks that no one has mentioned their widespread use by members of Congress and even our own General Assembly as members fly to and from DC or Raleigh each week. (Former) Governor (Mike) Easley's use of the state's aircraft as a personal taxi is famous. Nor has anyone mentioned the Goodnight's fleet of four private jets and a helicopter as a possible reason for SAS Institute's record earnings.