A Bombardier Business Aircraft spokesman said Thursday the action is related to the company’s efforts announced earlier this week to transfer some Learjet workers to other parts of the company’s Wichita operations.
While the total number of business jet deliveries slipped by more than 4 percent in the first half of the year, deliveries of small and midsize jets were up, according to experts and an Eagle analysis.
Advances in technology and bag-handling procedures deserve credit for a decline in wayward luggage, including improvements over the years in the bar-coded tags and optical scanners that have long been in use for identifying and sorting checked luggage. But optical-scanning systems have their limits, and the airline industry has been slow to adopt methods used by other industries that need to track items through the shipping process.
In response to “significant softness” in that part of the market, Bombardier is looking at ways to transfer some Learjet 70 and 75 production workers to other parts of the company’s Wichita operations.
The Federal Aviation Administration’s Small Unmanned Aircraft Rule that takes effect Aug. 29 only requires pilots of drones used commercially to pass a written test and complete a TSA check, which could affect Wichita companies providing drone services.
Wichita Eisenhower National Airport said Wednesday that beginning on Aug. 23 American Airlines will operate two MD-80s on round-trip flights to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, and will add a third MD-80 round-trip flight on Aug. 31.
Dave Waters, a Kechi resident and pilot for Air America between 1968 and 1972, will be formally presented with the Federal Aviation Administration’s Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award at a private event later this month.
The federal Transportation Department’s Aviation Consumer Protection Division received 8,376 complaints from consumers about airlines between in the first half of 2016 compared with 9,542 complaints in the same period in 2015.
The Federal Aviation Administration — and airports by extension — have missed out on as much as $2 billion in funding over the past decade because of a 2005 provision aimed at preventing fraudulent use of non-commercial jet fuel by truckers, a Government Accountability Office report said this week.