Gov. Sam Brownback is leading a trade delegation to the Paris Air Show this week. The trip to France is aimed at attracting aviation business to Kansas and drumming up sales for the aircraft industry in the state.
"You could travel all over the world for a month to try and get these meetings that you can get in three days at these major air shows, " says Brownback.
"And, it is such a major industry for us as a state that we need to push it and we need to make sure we're on everybody's front and center mind if they're looking to expand."
Brownback says trips like this are a good opportunity to meet with top executives from aviation companies. He says he believes an air show visit last year will lead to a new product line being brought to Wichita.
The delegation headed to France includes economic development officials from the Wichita area and representatives from aircraft-related businesses in Kansas.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon and 14 companies from the Show Me State will also be at the air show.