The fallout of the Hawker Beechcraft bankruptcy continues to settle as Little Rock (Ark.) Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport prepares to seek a new tenant for the former Wichita OEM’s completion and MRO facilities. The Little Rock facility was shut down by the former Hawker Beechcraft (now Beechcraft) earlier this year as part of a decision to exit the business of building business jets.
Horizon Air and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters reached a tentative agreement in late September on a five-year contract extension for the airline’s 280 mechanics, fleet service agents and other fleet support employees. According to Horizon parent company Alaska Air Group, the proposed deal calls for wage increases and several unnamed “quality-of -life enhancements.”
Members of United Auto Workers Local 218 have ratified a new five-year contract with Bell Helicopter (Booth No. C9343). The five-year pact covers 2,500 machinists and other manufacturing workers in Texas.
Union members had been working at Bell since June without a contract as negotiations over health care and pension benefits bogged down. They staged a one-day strike September 5.
Social marketing and job search giant LinkedIn is now a part of aviation job distribution network specialist Jsfirm.com’s arsenal for helping aviation companies and aviation job seekers hook up.
Just a year old, the Jet Professionals (Booth No. N2129) professional employers organization (PEO) service is making a difference for its clients, the company said here at the NBAA show.
The PEO service is targeted for small and medium-size aviation businesses, one example being Short Hills Aviation Services, a jet charter and management services company (Booth No. C12240). Short Hills reported at NBAA 2013 that it has increased employee retention and modernized its benefits communication program, all while reducing benefits and payroll costs by 20 percent.
While the U.S. Congress passed legislation on October 16 that put an end to the 16-day government shutdown, getting agencies such as the FAA fully back up to speed will likely take weeks–adding to the adverse impact widely felt within the general aviation community and beyond.
“While the agreement reached does reopen the government, it may be some time before services at the FAA and other agencies are fully restored to pre-shutdown effectiveness,” said NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen.
The NBAA Aviation Support Services Safety Award is presented to aviation personnel employed for three or more consecutive years by NBAA member companies primarily for support of corporate/business flight operations and whose company has had no aircraft accidents during their employment period. AIN interviewed two of the recipients, Frank Marchesini and Frank Ciliberti of MARS Aircraft Radio Services.
The U.S. government shutdown could have “grave repercussions on the [ATC] system,” Paul Rinaldi, president of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (Natca), told an October 10 rally. “The furlough of thousands of aviation safety professionals is eliminating critical layers of redundancy and safety that keep the system operating safely and efficiently. The shutdown has also interrupted the flow of hiring, training and innovation,” he said.
The Air Traffic Controllers European Unions Coordination (ATCEUC), representing some 14,000 controllers in the region, said it has called off a planned October 10 strike over safety issues tied to the Single European Sky program. The group said it had received assurances that the European Union is willing to discuss those safety issues before implementation.
During day two of the U.S. government shutdown, 15,000 FAA employees were still off the job on furlough and the business aviation community appears to have found the early impact of the closure to be greater than anticipated with disruption to several important FAA functions that were not impacted by previous Federal government shutdowns.