January 13, 2010
By Alton K. Marsh
Hawker Beechcraft Corporation has issued a “Warn” notice for the pending layoff of 70 workers. Many are on the King Air assembly line while others are material handlers, The Wichita Eagle reported.
Company officials do not comment on pending layoffs. The company has laid off 3,220 workers since 2008, the newspaper reported. The total layoffs for all aerospace workers in Wichita is 13,000. Cessna accounts for 8,200 of those, although it recalled 180 workers last week.
CEOs of both Cessna Aircraft Co. and Hawker Beechcraft warned as early as last year that an economic recovery for them would take longer than for the rest of the country. As soon as the large corporations recover, they can begin to order business jets once again. That could take two to three years.
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.
The AOPA Medical Advisory Board is the latest group to urge quick action on the proposed FAA rule that would allow thousands more pilots to fly without the need for a third class medical certificate.
Mexico has lifted a requirement that pilots of arriving and departing private general aviation flights use a third party provider to file advance passenger information system (APIS) manifests.
The Perlan Project is less than a year away from the first flight of a glider being built to ride waves near the edge of space. While construction continues in Oregon, the team’s pilots are staying proficient in more ordinary aircraft.
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