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.
A Seattle pilot on a ferry flight from California to Maui deployed his airframe parachute near Hawaii and was videotaped by the Coast Guard.
Commercial flight planning service FltPlan and Angel Flight West are integrating so that the nonprofit organization can match passenger needs with volunteer pilots’ existing flight schedules.
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