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Production workers at Cessna Aircraft rejected
the notion of a strike but they also told the company they don't much
like the contract they'll work under for the next seven years. Members
of the Machinists Union voted 58 percent to reject the deal but only 49
percent to strike in voting Saturday. The union had recommended a strike
but a two-thirds majority was required. The main issue was job security.
Cessna has guaranteed final assembly of existing Citation models at the
Wichita plant for the life of the contract. "We understand the times
we're in today," Machinists District 70 directing business
representative Steve Rooney told The Wichita Eagle. "A paycheck is a hard thing to
give up." CEO Jack Pelton was disappointed at the rejection of the
contract but pleased the strike vote didn't fly. More...
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RUMORED CHALLENGE TO THE G650
At 7,000-nm, Gulfstream's
coming G650 will offer unmatched range and at 0.925 Mach it will be the
fastest civil aircraft in the world, but a former Bombardier executive
expects Bombardier to counter with a design to be unveiled next month at
NBAA's trade show in Atlanta. George Tsopeis, a former member of
Bombardier's strategy and business development team, told the Montreal Gazette that Bombardier's new secret
ultra-long-range business jet is known within the company as the M-170.
He says he does not know if the aircraft will be a more costly new
clean-sheet design, or a further development of the Global Express XRS.
He says costs and timing suggest the latter. (The G650 is expected to
reach customers in 2012.) Bombardier has said the rumor is "pure
speculation." But if the G650's range, size and speed (plus its 200
orders) create a new market category, Bombardier has offered other
reasons to believe it will seek to quickly deliver stronger competition.
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DEAL AT MONTROSE IN JEOPARDY
EXTRA Aircraft had plans to
establish a new U.S. headquarters in Montrose, Colo., but county
officials now say they can't follow through on financial incentives, and
that's thrown the plan into a holding pattern along with up to 200
potential jobs. The manufacturer builds high-performance aerobatic
planes and a high-wing, single-engine turboprop. EXTRA had been promised
cash incentives by the local Montrose Economic Development Corporation.
But the deal apparently violates the state's constitution. Montrose
County Manager Jesse Smith recently told local news "we cannot provide
cash incentives to any outside for-profit organization." The revelation
reportedly came as the result of a "due diligence" study that has so far
postponed EXTRA's plans by two months. A conclusion to the drama hasn't
yet been reached as local officials scramble to strike a new deal. But
residents who had hoped the manufacturer would have already been hiring
by now have turned their anger toward their local government.
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Boeing Wednesday announced an agreement with Space
Adventures Ltd. regarding the marketing of "transportation services to
destinations in low Earth orbit (LEO) on Boeing commercial crew
spacecraft." Boeing plans to use its Crew Space Transportation-100
(CST-100) spacecraft for missions to the International Space Station and
other LEO platforms. Under the agreement, Space Adventures will market
excess seating capacity as passenger seats. The spacecraft can carry
seven and is expected to be operational by 2015, but is still under
development. Seat pricing will be set "when full-scale development is
under way." Eric Anderson, co-founder and chairman of Space Adventures,
said, "We are excited about the potential to offer flights on Boeing's
spacecraft." According to Boeing, potential customers include "private
individuals, companies, non-governmental organizations and U.S. federal
agencies other than NASA." And Space Adventures already has experience
in the field and hopes to expand its offerings. More...
OF MEIGS: "THE DOOR'S OPEN A CRACK"
Supporters are hopeful
that a volatile election year, a down economy and the departure of the
mayor who destroyed Meigs Field means their beloved airport may come
back to Chicago, but could they possibly be right? Short answer: not
likely. But. One candidate for mayor, State Senator Rickey Hendon, said Wednesday that, if elected, he would reopen
Meigs Field on his first day in office. And that suggests Meigs may
become a topic in the broader race. AVweb Thursday spoke with
Steve Whitney, president of Friends of Meigs Field and active public
supporter of the now-former airport since the mid-90s. That conversation
was not all sunshine and roses for Meigs. But it showed that Hendon's
comments weren't the only reason supporters might have to hope. And, for
better or worse, they may now have more reason to believe than they've
had in years. More...
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One pilot was killed and another was
apparently able to land safely after a midair collision between two
aircraft at an airshow in Germany on the weekend. Photos of the
collision indicate the aircraft, which appear to be high-performance
aerobatic types, came together while traveling in the same direction.
The wing of one folded under and it crashed vertically, killing the
pilot. It was the third fatal airshow crash in as many weeks in Germany.
CANCEL RENO FINAL
Steve Hinton won the big title at the
National Championship Air Races in Reno on Sunday but it wasn't the way
he wanted to win. "It's more than kind of disappointing," the
23-year-old Hinton told the Reno Gazette-Journal. The final race of the
Unlimited Class was cancelled because of high winds (southwest gusts to
30 knots) so Hinton won based on his final qualifying time in Strega, a
highly modified P-51 that earned its ninth title with this race. It's
the first time in the 47-year history of the event that the marquee race
has been cancelled. "It was a safety issue," said Mike Houghton,
president and CEO of the Reno Air Racing Association. "Our No. 1
priority is the safety of our pilots. More...
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AN ILLUMINATING LOOK AT LED LANDING LIGHTS
look now, but LED landing lights have gotten brighter and better over
just the last year. In this video, AVweb takes a look at some of
the current offerings and concludes they perform better than the old
standby 5509 tractor bulb. More...
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OF THE WEEK: TRADITION AVIATION (KTRM, THERMAL, CA)
AVweb reader Brian Stirm from Swift
Enterprises recently spent some time at our latest "FBO of the Week"
Tradition Aviation at Jacqueline Cochran
Regional Airport (KTRM) in Thermal, California.
As Brian's quick
to point out, "A closed course world speed record was set at the airport
by Smokey Young, his Reno race crew using Swift's new 100SF renewable
pure hydrocarbon fuel." And the staff at Tradition? During Brian's stay,
"Penny, Ann, Lynn, and crew went out of their way to support the effort.
... [Over] a three-day period, I observed many happy customers who
received a great value and wonderful services with a smile from every
Tradition employee," writes Brian.
Keep those nominations
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AVweb is actively seeking out the best FBOs in
the country and another one, submitted by you, will be spotlighted here
next Monday! More...
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|Overheard in IFR Magazine's "On the
"You need to say
your altitude is 2999 feet."
"But my altitude
yon say your altitude is 2999, you won't be in Class B airspace without
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