Aircraft execs: No growth in 2010

WICHITA— Nearly all of the top executives of Wichita's aircraft manufacturers said they think employment at their companies will stabilize in 2010, but they don't foresee any growth in their business next year.

"It's starting to feel like it's stabilizing," said Jack Pelton, CEO of Cessna Aircraft.

But Pelton said production rates next year will be "significantly low," as will airplane orders "for some period of time.

Pelton was speaking at a CEO roundtable at the Wichita Aero Club's monthly luncheon at the Wichita Airport Hilton.

Also speaking at the event were Bill Boisture, CEO of Hawker Beechcraft; David Coleal, vice president and general manager of Bombardier Learjet; Jeff Turner, CEO of Spirit AeroSystems; and Scot Oathout, director of B-52 and refueling systems for Boeing Wichita.

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