Volume 1, Issue 2 November 26, 2003

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The growing trend to outsource American jobs is also gaining popularity in the aerospace market. On Nov. 7, 350 Raytheon Aircraft Co workers in Wichita learned their jobs were heading south of the border to Mexico. Officials at Raytheon's wire harness division in east Wichita announced it would transfer the wiring work to Labinal Inc.' s division in Pryor, Okla. However, most of the work will be done at Aerotec de Mexico, Labinal's subsidiary in Chihuahua, Mexico. More...

After months of tension and uncertainty in response to Raytheon’s ongoing struggle to remain afloat, the Machinists union said the decision to outsource leaves a bad taste in their mouths. “It is sad that companies are thinking of only one thing -- how cheap can they get their work done," Machinists District 70 spokesman Steve Rooney recently told The Wichita Eagle. While the company will not divulge the exact amount of operating costs saved with the outsourcing, officials did claim it was "significant.” The union officials don’t buy the company's findings, which they claim are inflated. [more] The Machinists union claims it presented a proposal to the company that offered a feasible plan for keeping the work in Wichita. Nevertheless, in March, the company began studying Aerotec and another Mexico-based plant, assessing whether either facility could make Raytheon's wire harnesses and panels. This is the second time the plant's wire-harness workers have attempted to save the work from going across the border. Raytheon first announced that it planned to outsource the work in 2001 but the union said it constructed a plan “to improve efficiency and cut costs.” After reviewing the proposal the company announced the work would stay in Wichita. This second time around, the decision was made to move the wiring work. More...

Aggravating the bad feelings between management and the workforce, Raytheon officials also announced the tentative decision to outsource a limited number of machined parts and precision assemblies. The company claims it plans to outsource all of the company's parts manufacturing work by 2006 but final assembly would be kept in house. If that outsourcing proceeds, about 50 to 60 more jobs would be lost, officials admit. The only possible silver lining in this storm cloud is that Raytheon says it is focusing on domestic sources for the work. More...

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National Air Transportation Association (NATA) President James K. Coyne praised four more members of the United States House of Representatives for signing a letter to President Bush encouraging the reopening of Washington, D.C.'s Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport to on-demand air charter operations. This latest letter adds to the growing list of more than 60 members of Congress that have come to support NATA’s initiative. More...

While Ibis Aerospace continues developing the Spirit turboprop, its parent company has moved into a major cost-cutting program. Despite profits, Aero Vodochody can't seem to lift itself out of debt. The Czechoslovakian aircraft manufacturer, which is hanging on the brink of a financial crisis, announced it would trim the company's staff by year's end. The company’s board of directors decided to cut about 200 administrative and production employees from a total workforce of 2,124. More...

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It was a collision with a flock of birds that forced a Learjet pilot to make an emergency landing in an Illinois farm field a few weeks ago. The fully-fueled plane burst into flames but, remarkably, there were no serious injuries. St. Clair County officials said the flight originated in Farmington with a pilot and co-pilot on board. The plane made a stop at the Downtown St. Louis Parks Airport to pick up two passengers en route to North Platte, Neb. The plane hit the birds shortly after takeoff. More...

While many light jet programs are still in the development stage, some airport planners are planning ahead for an extra boom in hangar facilities. Such is the case in the Northeast, where the forecast for the upcoming expansion of Maine’s Wiscasset Airport will include provisions for small jets within 10 years. This includes the possibility of building more T-hangars and constructing a crosswind runway as outlined in the 20-year master plan. More...

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The fight over big iron at Teterboro Airport has flared once again. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has renewed its efforts to fight a federal proposal that would allow larger jets to land at the busy GA airport. On Oct. 29, Port Authority Chairman Anthony Coscia told FAA officials his agency would not provide funding for any site changes that would be needed if the plan to allow jets weighing more than 100,000 pounds to land at Teterboro was approved. More...

Fractional and charter operators are finding new ways to diversify their business and carrying the sick and hurt seems to be a popular route. Like other companies have, Quik Flight, a year-old charter flight service, is starting air ambulance operations. The FAA approved the move just a few weeks ago. The company, based at Schenectady County Airport, soon will begin using its Piper Cheyenne I as a ferry for patients needing to make interstate medical runs, said Chandler Atkins, the company's president. More...

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The FAA is proposing the adoption of a new Airworthiness Directive (AD) that is applicable to certain Dassault Model Mystere-Falcon 50 series jets. More...

The FAA is also proposing the adoption of a new AD for certain Dassault Model Falcon 2000 and 900EX and Dassault Model Mystere-Falcon 900 series airplanes. More...

The FAA has issued final special conditionsand a request for comments for a supplemental type certificate on the Pilatus PC-12/45 turboprop. More...

LEARJET 31, 35, 36
The FAA is proposing the adoption of a new AD applicable to certain Learjet Model 31, 31A, 35, 35A (C-21A), 36, and 36A airplanes. More...

NTSB REPORTER BRINGS YOU THE FACTS! Why would a pilot who had lost an engine and was about to be going down tell ATC that everything was fine and dandy? Could he have been worried about possible paperwork and an FAA investigation which might follow? While we'll never know what was going through his mind, you'll be fascinated to see the transcript of communications between the pilot and Air Traffic Control. It's in the November issue of NTSB Reporter. Order a subscription at http://www.avweb.com/sponsors/ntsbrepo

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