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Cessna Aircraft Corporation proudly exhibited their new Skycatcher model
162 Light Sport Aircraft at the Oshkosh, Wisconsin annual Fly-In.
The aircraft was greeted with great interest and Cessna had several of
their senior personnel at the event to explain the details of the aircraft
to interested potential customers and other pilots.
out one key fact. Even at that time Cessna CEO, Jack Pelton, already
had plans to manufacture the aircraft in the People's Republic of China by
government-owned Shenyang Aircraft Corporation. Yet, just two days
ago, and months after the spectacular unveiling at Oshkosh, and the
hundreds of advanced orders, did Cessna make the announcement of PRC
with an opportunity to make an innovative and highly anticipated new
manufactured product, one of our valuable American companies chooses to
further dilute our national manufacturing base. At the pace of these
decisions one wonders if there will be any high quality manufacturing jobs
left in America. It seems economic suicide is a path eagerly
followed in America.
continue if we surrender and just let it happen. But I hope that pilots
are going to represent a change in tone. I hope that pilots understand
better the strategic threat this represents to our nation. A threat
far worse than merely another round of manufacturing jobs going outside
My grim view isn't because this airplane is being manufactured overseas. I
wouldn't really care if Cessna announced it would be manufactured in
Canada, Mexico, Czech Republic, Austria, Poland, Ukraine, or Australia.
These are democratic nations and with the exception of the Ukraine are
solidly so. And I have hope that the Ukraine will resist the pressures of
Putin's Russia and remain so.
But the PRC is a horrible authoritarian government. So, it is not just
that we are exporting the manufacturing overseas, it is that Jack Pelton
and his overlords at Textron have decided to have an American aircraft
manufactured by a Communist authoritarian government.
I remind people how callous and inhumane this government is. The Dahli
Lama is still living in exile and the PRC government has tried several
times to have him assassinated. Tibet is still under military occupation
despite never being one iota a threat to the PRC. The PRC still is voicing
every intention of invading democratic Taiwan and is so arrogant about it
that it threatens the United States when we sell even modest arms to
Three weeks ago the PRC government refused to allow two US Navy destroyers
safe harbor to escape a storm. This forced these ships to refuel at sea
during the storm, which threatened the lives of our own sailors
unnecessarily. Further, this PRC decision is a clear violation of standing
international maritime law which requires granting safe harbor to all
ships at sea to escape a storm. This is the PRC's idea of humanity! If
they will endanger our US naval personnel, what compassion do you think
they'll have for us as GA pilots!
Several years ago, the PRC ordered its fighters to intercept one of our
P-3 Orions flying in international airspace and ordered its pilots to
violate ICAO intercept laws to intimidate our crews. One of their pilots
performed this stupid maneuver in a sloppy manner and collided with our
P-3. The pilot killed himself with this maneuver and forced our P-3 to
execute an emergency landing at a Chinese airbase.
The PRC interned our crew and violated our national sovereignty by
boarding our aircraft at gunpoint! Want a final indignation? The fighter
that this PRC pilot collided into our P-3 was manufactured by the same
company that Cessna has contracted with!
The PRC government arrests its own citizens for carrying Bibles without a
permit. They arrest people for refusing to get mandated abortions and then
force the abortions on them.
This goes way beyond economics. It transcends economics and gets to the
political reality that the PRC is no ally of the United States. This is a
decision that ignores every other facet of reality in favor of
cold-hearted economic profit on a short term.
Given how badly the PRC encourages piracy of software and also violates
copyright and patents, it's only a matter of time before SAC steals
everything it can from Cessna and manufactures the aircraft by itself,
violating their contract with Cessna.
Jack Pelton is an idiot! Someone at Cessna had to explain all this to him
but he doesn't care. And that's why he's an idiot. He foolishly thinks a
simple economic agreement can change the entire political dynamic at work
within China. Somewhere inside the PRC now are a group of highly placed
and wealthy Communist politicians who are laughing their arses off at us
stupid and greedy Americans.
When do we wise up? If not now, then I think we're done as a viable
economic nation within a generation. It will be a sharper and faster
self-destruction than Great Britain suffered after World War II. At
least the Brits had the good excuse of being bled white and bankrupted by
two world wars.
Our excuse? Nothing other than pure greed. It's really something to
be ashamed of, but we've got too many ignorant people who can't see two
feet ahead of them fortified by those raking in the extra money who are
too busy lining their pockets to care!
Meanwhile, many Americans, who do see the reality, feel disenfranchised from
power to affect any repair while there remains something worth
saving. The situation calls for a loud and clear message, and it is
hoped that general aviation pilots revolt and send that message to Cessna
in a sharp manner, one that grabs the attention of all American
-- Ken Stallings
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