December 8, 2008
By Alton K. Marsh
Cessna Aircraft Company has halted a $13 million expansion at its Pawnee, Kan., facility. A construction company filed a building permit for the project on Oct. 1 but was pulled off the job before major work could start.
“Everything has come on pretty suddenly,” a company spokesman told the Journal.
FlightSafety International is delaying plans for expansion at its Cessna Citation training center, according to the Wichita Eagle. Originally the plan was to have additional space built by the end of 2009, but construction will wait to evaluate how the economy is doing at the end of March 2009. If construction is delayed at that time, an existing simulator will be moved out in mid-2009 to make way for a Cessna Citation CJ4 simulator. That was the original purpose of the expansion, although a maintenance training facility is in the planning stage as well.
AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Alton Marsh has been a pilot since 1970 and has an airline transport pilot certificate and instrument and multiengine flight instructor certificates, aerobatic training, and a commercial seaplane certificate.
The AOPA Medical Advisory Board is the latest group to urge quick action on the proposed FAA rule that would allow thousands more pilots to fly without the need for a third class medical certificate.
Mexico has lifted a requirement that pilots of arriving and departing private general aviation flights use a third party provider to file advance passenger information system (APIS) manifests.
The Perlan Project is less than a year away from the first flight of a glider being built to ride waves near the edge of space. While construction continues in Oregon, the team’s pilots are staying proficient in more ordinary aircraft.
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