October 25, 2010
By Alton K. Marsh
Hawker Beechcraft has completed the previously announced 350 layoffs and said it will move 820 jobs to existing plants in Mexico or to third-party suppliers.
In a letter to employees, Chairman and CEO Bill Boisture said cutbacks have been made in compensation at all levels, including his own, and through better training to reduce rework and scrap metal, and to speed work. Here are the jobs that will be moved as taken from Boisture’s letter:
“We will move our operations out of Plant I no later than August 2011 and as a result reduce our employment by approximately 470.
“We will move our operations out of Plant II no later than May 2011 and as a result reduce our employment by approximately 30.
“We will move King Air-related back shop operations out of Plant IV no later than August 2011 and as a result reduce our employment by approximately 195.
“We will move electrical and upholstery from Building 94 no later than July 2011 and as a result reduce our employment by approximately 80 employees.
“We will complete the third and final phase of the outsourcing of our Logistic Center operations by January 2011 and as a result reduce our union employment by another 45 employees.”
At the same time, Boisture said work on the newly announced Hawker 200 business jet will be done in Wichita, Kan., with completion and delivery taking place from Hawker Beechcraft’s Little Rock, Ark., facility.
Environmental groups are asking the EPA to take another look at avgas even as a government-industry program moves closer to finding unleaded alternatives.
Collaboration between the German government, academia, and airplane manufacturers may make future aircraft cabins more protective of pilots and passengers. The Safety Box team plans to apply auto racing technology to general aviation.
A father and his 14-year-old son were helping another pilot ferry a newly purchased aircraft from California to their home field in Virginia. The three made an overnight stop in Albuquerque before flying on to Illinois for fuel. But shortly after they parked the aircraft in Marion, Ill., they were approached by as many as 18 uniformed and non-uniformed law enforcement officers who came running toward the airplane.
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