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.
Beringer Wheels and Brakes announced the availability of several types of aircraft wheels on July 29 at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and said a new anti-groundloop tailwheel design is forthcoming.
The widespread presence of angle-of-attack indicators in general aviation aircraft could reduce fatal loss-of-control accidents caused by inadvertent stalls, said the FAA.
Flight Design says production and testing of its four-seat C4 is on target despite the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.
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