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Cessna Lays Off 30% of Workers at Piston-Aircraft Factory
Single-Engine Piston Aircraft Sales Drop
By ANN Correspondent Richard Harris
The nationÂ’s economic stumble has echoed at Cessna Aircraft.
Cessna Aircraft has announced layoffs at its single-engine piston aircraft factory, in Independence (KS). Citing declining sales, Cessna reported it will lay off about 280 of its approximately 1,000 workers at the Independence plant, and plans to sell only 750 planes this year, compared to the 1,000 Cessna piston singles originally expected to sell.
After shutting down its light plane line in favor of business and heavy utility aircraft in the 1980Â’s, Cessna re-entered small piston-engine aircraft manufacturing in, July 1996, following the passage of federal legislation limiting the accident liability of light-plane manufacturers. Cessna relocated its piston-aircraft manufacturing facilities to a new plant, in Independence (KS), a town of about 10,000, about 150 miles east of CessnaÂ’s home base in Wichita.
Currently the factory produces the entire Cessna single-engine product line: the 172R Skyhawk, and the beefier 172S Skyhawk SP, and now the newly certified 182T Skylane and T182T Turbo Skylane. It also manufactures the 206H Stationair, the T206H Turbo Stationair. The only other Cessna single, the huge, expensive, turboprop Caravan utility plane, is manufactured in Wichita.
After a long string of good sales, the piston aircraft shipments for first quarter of 2001 were down about 40% compared to the quarter immediately previous (4th quarter, 2000), and down 15% below the aircraft shipments in 1st quarter of 2000.
This is CessnaÂ’s first layoff in 15 years, and is not expected to affect employment in Wichita. Raytheon Aircraft, in Wichita, also experienced layoffs last month, mostly administrative and managerial personnel, in a move widely seen as focused on making the company ready for a merger or takeover, rather than responding to market conditions.
In February, Michael Smith, Chairman of the General Aviation ManufacturersÂ’ Association (GAMA) said Â“at GAMA, we think 2001 will be a good year for piston sales.Â” But that was three months ago.
Time will tell.