If there was any doubt that the current financial crisis is hitting general aviation hard, the latest round of announcements from manufacturers should reinforce the bad news. The new year will get off to a lousy start for some 2,000 employees at Cessna. In a memo to employees, company management announced a second round of layoffs, following the earlier announcement that 665 jobs were on the chopping block. The two rounds of cuts will pare the Cessna workforce by about 18 percent overall, spread across a total of 15,000 workers at plants in Wichita and Independence, Kansas, and Bend, Oregon. Two months' notices will be distributed starting in the next few weeks, with separations scheduled for March, according to Cessna Vice President Jim Walters. Cessna will also offer a voluntary layoff program.