December 10, 2009
By Alton K. Marsh
Cessna will phase out its one plant in Columbus, Ga., during the next two years, moving the work to Independence, Kan., and Mexico.
The Georgia plant has been operated by Cessna since 1996 when it had 600 workers, but that total has dropped to 315. It has been operating in two of its original three buildings. The phase-out does not begin until mid-2010.
In addition, Cessna is moving subassembly work out of Wichita in a move that affects 175 workers. The company hopes to move the workers to other areas if possible. The subassembly work in southwest Wichita includes components, subassemblies, and sheet-metal work. There is also work done there on McCauley propellers.
Helicopter training is generally very safe. So why do run-on takeoffs and landings feel so wrong?
Pilots have formed a user group and launched a petition drive to save Runway 5/23 at Joplin Regional Airport in Joplin, Mo.
A House bill that would force FAA to go through the rulemaking process before imposing new policies for sleep disorders has passed a key committee.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.