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.
A new FAA policy on obstructive sleep apnea that addresses many of the concerns raised by AOPA is scheduled to take effect March 2.
AOPA and the National Business Aviation Association have jointly filed an amicus, or friend of the court, brief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals as part of the ongoing legal battle over the future of Santa Monica Municipal Airport.
AOPA worked with the flight training industry and FAA to quickly resolve a problem that suddenly put many rating applications on hold.
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