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 VOICES STRONG SUPPORT FOR LEGISLATION REQUIRING FAA TO REVISE THIRD CLASS MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS
The General Aviation Pilot Protection Act would allow pilots to use the driver’s license medical standard for noncommercial VFR flights in aircraft weighing up to 6,000 pounds with no more than six seats, as long as they carry fewer than five passengers, fly below 14,000 feet msl, and fly no faster than 250 knots.
Apps that handle everything from checking aircraft N numbers to calculating crosswind, tailwind, and headwind components are among those recommended by AOPA members.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.