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Aircraft manufacturers suffer while 'big three' look for bailout PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 04 December 2008 21:36

With the ‘big three’ in Washington this week looking for bailout bucks, aviation manufactures suffer in silence. More than 500 workers at the Wichita, Kan. and Bend. Ore. plants were notified Monday that they only had 60 days of work left. Just before Thanksgiving, Cirrus Design announced a “production pause,” significantly reducing production for the rest of the year. More than 350 employees from the Grand Forks, North Dakota plant will be without work over the holidays. Cirrus employees are expected to return to work Jan. 5 and will retain full benefits throughout the break.

Hawker Beechcraft, Piper and Mooney have all also recently announced cutbacks while Eclipse Aviation works through bankruptcy.