Flush Times For Aviation Workers

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Got experience working on aircraft? Cessna wants you in Wichita ... and Lancair wants you in Bend, Ore. ... and Mooney wants you in Kerrville, Texas. Cessna already has hired 1,000 workers this year and is looking for 400 more. The pool of local workers is just about exhausted, The Wichita Eagle said last week, so Cessna is going on the road with a recruitment drive. Mooney recently hired 50 workers and added a second shift, and more jobs are still open. Lancair hired 165 workers in the first six months of this year, and still has openings, too. "These are good jobs with excellent benefits," Lancair spokesman Ron Wright told Bend.com, and some are open to entry-level applicants. "We recognize that not a lot of people will come to us with experience working with composites and assembling complex aircraft, so we've developed an excellent training program to help new employees get up to speed," Wright said.