November 4, 2008
By Alton K. Marsh
Not long after CEO Jim Schuster warned of difficult times ahead, he has sent a letter to employees warning that 5 percent of the company’s 9,800 employees worldwide will be laid off, according to reports by the Associated Press and The Wichita Eagle.
The cuts affect both hourly and salaried workers, and will be made soon. The company has just settled a strike that resulted in fewer deliveries than expected and a third-quarter reduction in revenue of $87.7 million, compared to the same quarter of 2007.
The Wichita Eagle reported that Hawker Beechcraft is scaling back its forecasts and market expectations to reflect the “…uncertainty emerging worldwide.” The company will also build cash reserves, reduce inventory, defer capital spending, and eliminate employees found to be “underachievers.”
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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