Category Archives: Aviation

Southwest Airlines executive chats about innovation, growth in Missouri

In 1981, a prominent San Antonio law firm hired a young attorney to help with one of their important clients—Southwest Airlines. The young attorney, Ron Ricks, had a general fascination with flight but no previous aviation legal experience. However, Ricks’ involvement with Southwest came just as the aviation industry was beginning a massive growth period following the Airline Deregulation Act

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Looking up: Missouri’s major airports weather struggles, see clearer skies ahead

Missouri’s blue skies were once among the busiest in the nation. In 2000, a combined 21 million people boarded planes at Missouri’s two cross-state international airports. At the time, air travel was relatively easy and convenient. And with global access from St. Louis and Kansas City, Missourians were just a flight away from much of the world. But then dark

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In Columbia, a community rallies for better air service

In many ways, Columbia has the perfect recipe for economic growth: a highly educated workforce, a low cost of living, and a vibrant, diverse community. These ingredients for growth have led to ongoing economic development and low unemployment in Columbia. However in recent years, the city may have been losing out on some of the most exciting opportunities for further

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Patriot Machine went from a Missouri garage to a top aerospace industry supplier

Aviation runs deep in the Burns family. The founder of Patriot Machine, Judy Burns’s grandfather David Kemp served alongside famed aviator Charles Lindbergh in the National Guard; she grew up with the spirit of St. Louis. Today, Patriot Machine is still a woman-owned business founded by Judy and her husband Bob Burns, current president and vice president. Bob had technical skills

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