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Vienna Air Base hosts aviation committee meeting

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The Youngstown Air Reserve Station is getting a lot of attention this week.  Not only is presenting the 2017 Thunder Over the Valley air show, it also played host on Friday to the Ohio Aerospace and Aviation Technology Committee of the state legislature.

After a tour of the air base, the committee members and aviation experts heard more about the mission of the installation and the contributions this region is making in  aerospace and aviation technology.

 "That's why we brought them up here to showcase the value of the air base as well as the businesses that are in that type of technology. Additive manufacturing and the commitments we have from Youngstown State University  and Kent State and local universities and how that collaboration is affecting aerospace technology," said State Senator Sean O'Brien, a member of OAATC.

O'Brien says the goal is to develop a focused statewide strategy that will unite segments of the aerospace and aviation community.

 "It's good for them to come up here and see what we're doing and to understand we're playing an important role here in northeast Ohio and we're going to continue to be a part of that," O'Brien said.

State Representative John Boccieri, who also serves with the 910th Airlift Wing in Vienna, says this type of exposure will spotlight the impact of the research going on locally.

"And also what we're doing in partnership with YSU in additive manufacturing and 3-D printing for aerospace technology and components.  So we could see this off-shoot really and see a cluster of jobs down the line," said Boccieri.

Boccieri, the pilot, says the out of town visitors will also be treated to an impressive air show. 


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