Daily Archives: April 19, 2013

Pilot turned author to hold book signing at Watermark Books on Saturday

Wichita native Philip Donlay learned to fly at Riverside airport and earned his private pilot’s license at 17.

He then flew charter flights for Yingling Aviation, freight for Great Western Airlines and corporate jets for a Fortune 500 company. He was based in Wichita.

After more than 30 years as a professional pilot, Donlay was diagnosed with a medical condition that forced him to give up flying.

So he turned to another passion, writing.

At 2 p.m. Saturday, Donlay will hold a book signing at Watermark Books for his third novel, Zero Separation, an aviation thriller.

A fourth novel is scheduled for release next year.

Donlay now divides his time between Minneapolis and the San Juan Islands.



SPEEA: Boeing to cut engineers and technical workers in the Northwest as it strives to send more work to Moscow

Boeing is pushing to send more engineering and technical work to its Moscow Design Center as it plans to cut its engineering and technical workforce in the Pacific Northwest, according to the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace.

Boeing said this week that it plans to cut its engineering and technical workforce by 1,500 to 1,700 people in the Northwest.

“We find it extremely disappointing that Boeing Commercial Airplanes is actively outsourcing engineering work to the Moscow Design Center while laying off employees in the Northwest,” said Ray Goforth, SPEEA executive director, said in a statement.

SPEEA is working to get more information.

The action to cut the workforce could result in 700 layoffs, SPEEA said.

The union and Boeing managers are helping employees find new positions within the company.