August 19, 2010
By Alton K. Marsh
Cessna Aircraft managers will lay off 75 workers on the Mustang entry-level jet at Independence, Kan., due to softness in Mustang orders. An air taxi company in Europe canceled a large order.
Notices were given to employees on Aug. 18. Cessna has reduced its 2010 Mustang order outlook to about 70 aircraft and made layoffs to adjust to the lower production plan.
Textron President and CEO Scott Donnelly said in July that he is reevaluating the economy constantly but still believes 2010 is the trough year for Citation deliveries.
Cessna spokesman Doug Oliver said the layoffs are unrelated to an earlier production slowdown that resulted from flooding at the site of a major subcontractor. The slowdown resulted in rolling furloughs for 200 Independence workers.
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.
MVP Aero is developing a $189,000 light sport amphibious seaplane that doubles as a camper and is expected to fly in 18 months, with deliveries in 2017.
The FAA will miss a deadline to reform aircraft certification by two years, the agency told the House Aviation Subcommittee during a July 23 hearing.
AOPA is testing whether aircraft ownership can be more affordable than many people believe with the development of “Reimagined Aircraft.”
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