Aviation & Avionics

Aviation & Avionics

Harvey County has a great deal of potential related to the Aviation & Avionics industry.

The chief asset is Newton City/County Airport, which has three key advantages over many other general aviation airports:

  • A 7,000‐foot runway: Newton City-County Airport’s primary runway is over 7,000 feet long with an ILS and GPS approach. Enjoy big airport services including radar coverage right down to the ramp without the hassles of a control tower.
  • Hundreds of acres of developable land: While the airport’s industrial park is ideal for aviation-related businesses, non-aviation businesses also find it an attractive option to expand or headquarter their business.
  • An established reliever airport to Wichita by the FAA: The Newton City/County Airport primarily serves Harvey County as a transport facility, but has been designated by the FAA as a general aviation reliever airport for Wichita’s Mid-Continent Airport.

In this Sector:

Park Aerospace Technologies Corp.
Phone: (316) 283-6500
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Avcon Industries
Phone: (316) 284-2842
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Midwest Aircraft Services Inc.
Phone: (316) 283-5915
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Ballard Aviation
Phone: (316) 804-4904
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Millennium Machine and Tool
Phone: (316) 282-0884
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Manufacturing Solutions
Phone: (316) 282-0556

Harvey County also benefits from its proximity to Wichita in another key way: Wichita is one of the largest centers of general aviation aircraft manufacturing in the world, with Cessna, Beechcraft, and Bombardier all having facilities there.

Harvey County Labor Shed* Existing Pool of High‐Demand Occupations–2016

Occupation Employed in Labor Shed
Laborers and Material Movers, Hand: 5,328
Stock Clerks and Order Fillers: 4,889
Aircraft Structure, Surfaces, Rigging, and Systems Assemblers: 4,059
Heavy and Tractor‐Trailer Truck Drivers: 3,917
Team Assemblers: 3,367
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks: 2,133
First‐Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers: 1,973
Electrical and Electronic Equipment Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers: 1,853
Machinists: 1,725
Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Workers: 1,711
Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks: 1,668
Industrial Machinery Mechanics: 1,527
First‐Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers: 1,287
Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other: 1,144
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators: 988
Supervisors of Transportation and Material Moving Workers: 883
Industrial Engineers: 829
Helpers‐‐Production Workers: 783
Industrial Production Managers: 513
Electrical, Electronics, and Electromechanical Assemblers: 507
Rail Transportation Workers: 370
Aircraft Pilots and Flight Engineers: 351
Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers: 222
Air Traffic Controllers & Airfield Operations Specialists: 153

*Labor shed is defined as 45‐minute drive time from the center of Newton.
Source: EMSI, Garner Economics

Degree Completions in Region* in Majors Related to Transportation, Distribution & Wholesale
and Aviation & Avionics, 2014–15 Academic Year

Major Certificate Associate Bachelor Graduate
Business, Accounting & Finance 6 6 0 0
Computer & Information Sciences 4 15 0 0
Engineering Technologies 0 0 261 323
Mechanic & Repair Technologies 13 5 0 0
Mathematics & Statistics 13 5 0 0
Transportation & Materials Moving 27 7 0 0
Total 63 38 261 323

*Wichita State University, Bethel College, Hesston College, and Hutchinson Community College
Source: National Center for Education Statistics, Garner Economics

Contact Information

Harvey County EDC
500 N. Main, St. 109
Newton, KS 67114
(800) 648-7759
(316) 283-6033
(316) 283-8732