While the U.S. economy struggles to regain its footing, the general aviation business continues to suffer declines in orders/sales. Cessna previously announced reductions in the production of its jet aircraft Citation series, and decided to cancel the new Cessna "Columbus" model.
Word now comes that, in response to dropping profits for Textron, that Cessna will now look at its piston production facilities and plans layoffs for Independence, KS and Columbus, GA production facilities. Earlier in the week Pilatus announced a slowdown in sales of the PC-12 and is reducing its production schedule by 15%. While Embraer remains a strong manufacturer sales of its VLJ aircraft have not justified keeping its facility in Connecticut open and it has closed. One wonders how much effect the attack on corporate aviation by Congressional members back when the auto manufacturers trolled the public money trough. For sure the public perception of business aviation has been tarnished big time, all at the same time Congress buys more biz jets for government use. Talk about not being in touch with reality! Maybe we need some kind of "tea party" event for our industry? Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch! JetAviator7
The "airport" was a tan stripe in a field of grass;
I remember pilot that trip when you flew low for me so I could see how the cornfields were laid out -
Do you remember pilot my friend how we skimmed the yellow miles on the wings of an afternoon,
You shouting to me in the sun —isn't it peaceful here —isn't it peaceful here?
— E. F. Weisslitz