UPDATE: Thursday, January 10, 2013
Hawker Beechcraft has confirmed they are initiating a rolling furlough in Wichita.
The furlough will impact the company's T-6/AT-6 production line, which affects approximately 240 hourly employees. The furloughs will be scheduled throughout the year, with the first later this month.
The company said they continue to build and deliver T-6 planes to the U.S. Government as part of a contract.
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Some plant workers at Hawker Beechcraft will hear about furloughs as early as tomorrow.
Sources tell KAKE aviation reporter Chris Frank there could be as many as 240 hourly employees put on furlough for a period of two to three weeks.
Under a furlough, a worker is still considered an employee but not
coming to work or being paid. They still have access to benefits.
The furloughs will most likely affect workers on the J-PATS program, the trainer aircraft built for the Air Force and Navy.
There is no confirmation from Hawker Beechcraft.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.