Daily Archives: Aug. 30, 2013

Governor proclaims September as Aviation Appreciation Month

Gov. Sam Brownback signed a proclamation declaring September as Aviation Appreciation Month, the Department of Transportation said in a release Friday.

The proclamation celebrates Kansas’ rich aviation history and recognizes the upcoming inaugural Kansas Aviation Expo, which will be held Sept. 26 and 27 at the National Center for Aviation Training in Wichita.

Kansas is one of five aviation clusters in the world, and the Air Capital is often considered the birthplace of general aviation, the release said.

The state’s aviation history began in September 1911 when Albin K. Longren became the first Kansan to fly a Kansas-built aircraft.

On September 25, Jesse R. Romo, acting director of the Department of Transportation’s aviation division, will present the Governor’s proclamation to the Wichita Aero Club at its luncheon, which will feature Selena Shilad, head of the Alliance for Aviation Across America.

The Kansas Aviation Expo will include business sessions on a variety of aviation issues and will feature guest speakers from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, the Federal Aviation Administration, the National Weather Service and  others.

SPEEA petitions for Trade Act assistance for laid-off Spirit AeroSystems workers

Spirit AeroSystems engineering and professional and technical union has filed a petition with the U.S. Department of Labor seeking training, income support and other benefits for laid-off workers through the federal Trade Act.

The filing was made by the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace as Spirit announced a second round of layoffs in two months.

Trade Act funding is designed to help laid-off workers impacted by increased imports or companies moving work to other countries.

If approved, the laid-off employees at Spirit can apply for additional assistance, such as long-term training tuition allowance, income support, health care tax credit and job search and relocation allowances, SPEEA said.

Spirit announced Thursday that it will be offering voluntary retirements, voluntary layoffs and will also have involuntary layoffs as it works to reduce costs. A number has not been determined, the company said.

The cuts will affect salaried employees and managers.

In July, Spirit laid off 360 employees in Wichita and Tulsa. The company employs about 10,750 in Wichita.