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.
Nextant Aerospace, adding a remanufactured King Air to its remanufactured Hawker 400 offering, says the King Air (Nextant G90XT) will fly early next year.
Greg Pecoraro, AOPA vice president of airports and state advocacy, brought Indiana aviation community members up to date on the association’s initiatives.
Elbit Systems has upgraded infrared systems that see through darkness and weather for nearly visual landings and takeoffs, as well as taxi operations.
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