Layoffs Continue to Impact GA Workforce

Since last September, general aviation manufacturers in the United States have reduced their employment rolls by almost 12,400. Another 7,000 jobs have been eliminated elsewhere in the world. The numbers do not include 850 workers left without a paycheck when Eclipse declared bankruptcy. Despite the beginnings of economic good news, the culling of jobs in GA is expected to continue in the coming months when Cessna and Hawker Beechcraft announce further workforce reductions.

Mark Phelps is a senior editor at AVweb. He is an instrument rated private pilot and former owner of a Grumman American AA1B and a V-tail Bonanza.

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