Hard hit when Cessna closed a manufacturing plant in 2009 and moved production to Kansas, the city of Bend, Ore., is hoping a portion of its other aircraft maker—bankrupt Epic Aircraft—will restart work there soon. In an agreement worked out April 7 at the urging of a bankruptcy court judge, the company’s assets will go to a group of Epic customers, whose high-performance kit planes were under construction when the manufacturer closed its doors. Meanwhile, Avic of China, which bid $4.3 ...

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