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MIGRATING WORK TO MEXICO
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...
CRY FOUL PLAY
After months of tension and uncertainty in response to Raytheons
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 dont 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...
OUTSOURCING IS PLANNED
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.
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PUSHES FOR REOPENING DCA TO CHARTER
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 NATAs initiative.
VODOCHODY CUTTING WORKERS
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 companys board of directors
decided to cut about 200 administrative and production employees from a
total workforce of 2,124. More...
VS. FLOCK OF BIRDS: BOTH LOSE
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
JET BIZ DISCUSSED FOR WISCASSET AIRPORT
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 Maines Wiscasset
Airport will include provisions for small jets within 10 years. This
includes the possibility of building more T-hangars and constructing a
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AUTHORITY WON'T MAKE ROOM FOR BIG JETS AT TETERBORO AIRPORT
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.
FLIGHT ENTERS AIR AMBULANCE BIZ
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...
AVS AD WATCH
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...
FALCON 2000 AND 900EX
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...
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...
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