Labor

January 28, 2008 - 6:29am

When reports began circulating last month that Leesburg, Va.-based AvCraft Aviation had reached an agreement to buy Fairchild Dornier’s 328 production and associated support businesses in Germany, signs of a less-than-healthy state of affairs within AvCraft, particularly at its Tyler, Texas-based repair station, emerged as fast as disgruntled ex-employees could log onto their e-mail servers.

January 17, 2008 - 11:24am

Gulfstream Aerospace has joined other major manufacturers of business jets that are planning another round of layoffs and production cutbacks this year in the face of the slowing economy. “Possible military action in the Middle East and unrest in the Asia Pacific area have exacerbated the [economic] downturn,” Gulfstream said on the eve of the U.S. decision to go to war with Iraq last month.

January 17, 2008 - 11:24am

Gulfstream Aerospace has joined other major manufacturers of business jets that are planning another round of layoffs and production cutbacks this year in the face of the slowing economy. “Possible military action in the Middle East and unrest in the Asia Pacific area have exacerbated the [economic] downturn,” Gulfstream said on the eve of the U.S. decision to go to war with Iraq last month.

January 15, 2008 - 6:22am

Statistics compiled by Aviation Information Resources (AIR) of Atlanta show a decrease in pilots hired by fractional providers from a peak of 1,363 in 2000 to 1,038 in 2001 to 997 last year, a drop in hiring of 27 percent over the three-year period. But the fractionals didn’t fare as poorly as other airline segments tracked by AIR. For example, the major airlines hired 4,779 pilots in 2000, 3,318 in 2001 and only 549 last year.

January 15, 2008 - 4:48am

Eleven subcontractor employees have been arrested on charges they used fake immigration documents and lied about their pasts to get security clearances at Sikorsky Aircraft. Those arrested included eight illegal aliens who were accused of using false Social Security numbers and forged alien-registration cards to get jobs with as-yet unidentified Sikorsky subcontractors, according to U.S. Attorney Kevin O’Connor.

January 11, 2008 - 5:11am

For the third year in a row, Duncan Aviation was named one of Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For in America.” The Lincoln, Neb. services company was the only general aviation firm to make the list. Ranked at number 25, Duncan was selected by the magazine based on random employee surveys regarding workplace culture, career opportunities, training and education benefits, worker appreciation and compensation.

January 10, 2008 - 12:02pm

Piper Aircraft laid off another 150 workers last month, not because of the slow economy, as in previous layoffs, but due solely to last year’s ADs and recall of Textron Lycoming engines, according to a company spokesman. Piper Saratogas and Mirages are among the airplanes powered by Lycoming engines. Piper also claimed the problem stopped the “step up” process wherein owners of Saratogas and Mirages move up to the Meridian turboprop.

January 10, 2008 - 11:59am

Gulfstream Aerospace agreed to pay $2.1 million to 61 former employees–none of them company pilots–in an age-bias settlement with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), but denied that it “engaged in any discrimination based on age, or committed any other violation.” In its lawsuit, the EEOC alleged the Savannah, Ga. manufacturer targeted employees 40 years of age or older during a spate of layoffs in 2000.

January 10, 2008 - 11:56am

CAE has formed a training alliance with “professional development” consultant Summit Solutions of Charlotte, N.C., to provide management, communications and leadership courses at CAE’s SimuFlite Dallas training facility. This initiative “provides a key opportunity for both pilots and aviation maintenance professionals to combine advanced technical instruction with leadership and management training,” CAE said.

January 9, 2008 - 4:46am

Phoenix-based Mesa Air Group has asked its employees to accept a voluntary 5-percent pay cut for one year in return for an incentive program tied to quarterly profits. The appeal coincided with 20-percent salary reductions for chairman and CEO Jonathan Ornstein, president Mike Lotz and executive vice president Peter Murnane. According to SEC filings, the three top executives’ base pay equals $200,000, $175,000 and $150,000, respectively.

 
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