Long, slow climb for aviation industry

073010learjetThe difficult news for Wichita and its aviation workers continues, as Bombardier announced Tuesday that it was cutting 350 more jobs at its Learjet plant. The company announced furloughs earlier this month and laid off 200 workers in December. Though the nation’s overall economy is improving, and there are forecasts for strong future growth in plane orders, the aviation industry is still struggling to pull out of the Great Recession. Total employment at Wichita’s five largest aviation manufacturers is down more than 11,000 employees, or about 31 percent, from the end of 2008.