Just how hard are times for aircraft dealers? I doubt anyone, other than Vice President Joe Biden and President Obama, think things are getting any better. After the assault on the use of business jets in the general aviation community, followed by General Motors closing the oldest flight department, and companies fleeing from Las Vegas, who can be surprised at the decline of aircraft sales in general aviation? One sign of the times is the closing of the Washington headquarters of the National Aircraft Resale Association with its 31 full-time and 65 associate members. These aircraft brokers and dealers are having a tough time, and there is nothing on the horizon to bring hope. But, President Obama's allies, the unions, are determined to continue demanding pay and benefit increases for their members, and the International Association of Machinists, who build our aircraft, are no exception. But faced with the very real possibility of Hawker Beechcraft and Cessna Aircraft moving operations out of Wichita has brought the union to the bargaining table at Hawker Beechcraft. In the case of Cessna, the IAM local voted on July 17th for a strike sanction against the company. The companies noted that the worldwide general aviation market has declined by 30 to 40%, making it difficult for aircraft manufacturers to remain profitable. But some manufacturers continue to advance, in particular Embraer from Brazil. Here is a video about flying the Embraer 300 Phenom: Let's all hope things improve sooner rather than later, before it is too late for all of us. Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch! JetAviator7 The bulk of mankind is as well equipped for flying as thinking. — Jonathon Swift Which is now a more hopeful statement than Swift intended it to be. — Will Durant
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