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Cirrus Design laid off 100 workers last week in response to a sales slump. COO Brent Wouters told Associated Press the reduction was due to "not selling as many airplanes as we'd hoped to this year." There were 79 layoffs at the main plant in Duluth and 29 at the composite facility in Grand Fork, ND. The cut represented eight percent of the workforce and there are now 1,230 people working for Cirrus ...

A man who has a lifetime ban from driving based on 12 related convictions has been jailed for four years for drunkenly taxiing a twin-engine aircraft (type unknown) into a soybean field next to Laporte, Ind. airport and causing $160,000 in damage. Michael Santos, 39, told the court he was trying to impress his girlfriend, who is expecting their first child ...

Air Emirates grounded its only operating A380 Super Jumbo last week for technical reasons and passengers flying between Dubai and New York will have to make do with the single-storey Boeing 777ER for now. There's no word on what put the A380 AOG.