August 26, 2010
By Alton K. Marsh
You’ve seen news stories from time to time about aviation manufacturers who are moving jobs to Mexico. Specifically, many of the jobs go to Chihuahua, Mexico, a booming new center for aerospace where Cessna Aircraft Co. opened a fourth building at its single plant in June. They aren’t alone.
Honeywell Aerospace, Labinal, Zodiac, Lockheed Martin, Hawker Beechcraft, SGI Electroswitch Corp., FMC Technologies, Capsonic Aerospace, and Cambrian Industries all have facilities there. The state of Chihuahua has 20 percent of Mexico’s aerospace jobs. Textron’s two facilities in Mexico are Textron International Mexico, which does Bell commercial production work, and Cessna.
Mexico officials believe in a few years complete small aircraft will be assembled in the country. Chihuahua, long an automotive industry processes and parts manufacturing center, is supporting its move into aerospace with training at state universities in coordination with New Mexico State University and at a training center in Chihuahua City and Juárez called Cenaltec.
The value of the project involving the fourth building is $67 million, although that is not a direct cash outlay by Cessna. Cessna could not divulge financial details of the project. Cessna has about 550 people there now and expects to add 200 to 300 over the next year or so.
Cessna already produces wire harnesses, metal structures, and composite components at the site. The fourth building will add additional structural component work. Cessna had already moved composite fabrication work there for the Corvalis prior to the new building. Final assembly of the Corvalis remains in Independence, Kan.
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.
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda posted the following on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page: “Recently I’ve talked with quite a few Flying Clubs about maintaining social activity through the cold winter months. Some clubs host Holliday Parties, others have Potluck Movie Nights. What does your club do to keep members involved during the chilly months?”
VOLUNTEER AT AN AOPA FLY-IN NEAR YOU!
SHARE YOUR PASSION. VOLUNTEER AT AN AOPA FLY-IN. CLICK TO LEARN MORE >>>
VOLUNTEER LOCALLY AT AOPA FLY-IN! CLICK TO LEARN MORE >>>
BE A PART OF THE FLY-IN VOLUNTEER CREW! CLICK TO LEARN MORE >>>