Program hopes to fill 40000 Utah jobs that don’t require 4-year degrees

SALT LAKE CITY — For many people, a four-year degree isn’t always an option, but a new program launched this week aims to fill 40,000 jobs that require different qualifications.

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert announced a $2.1 million grant from the Utah Cluster Acceleration Partnership that will help the Talent Ready Utah program.

“We’re trying to figure out a way to fill 40,000 high-paying positions that are out there right now, but we don’t have qualified workers to fill them,” said Vale Hale, Executive Director of the Governors Office for Economic Development.

The program will give people the skills they need to fill those high-paying positions.

“We have opportunities for high school students, to actually get involved with some of these companies—work based learning,” Hale said. “And when they graduate as a senior, they have a certificate and they’re eligible to go to work.”

The training focuses on 170 programs called industry-education partnerships. The idea started out with the Aerospace Pathways Program.

Since that initial program, life sciences, diesel tech, the construction industry and many others have jumped on board.

“They really like the model, the template, that we have, and so they’re trying to duplicate it for their industries,” Hale said.

Nathan Rose says four-year colleges have always seemed a little overwhelming, so he decided to try out the Aerospace Pathways Program at Salt Lake Community College.

He plans to take a seven-week course that will give him the basic skills for a career in making airplane parts.

“I hope to have a career, something I can support a family with eventually, and go as far as I can with it,” Rose said.

Nancy Rose, Nathan’s mom, said the program suits her son’s needs.

“He always wanted to work hands-on, and I think it’s great, and he has so much excitement that I never saw in him before,” she said.

If all goes well, the legislature could keep funding the program in the future.

“It’s really a priority right now for the state, because everyone sees these unfilled jobs that are high-paying jobs,” Hale said. “And they know that every time we don’t have a person in that job, it’s actually costing the state money and taxes.”

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Honda faces long haul to recoup jet costs

After three decades building an airplane from scratch, Michimasa Fujino, 56, chief engineer of the Hondajet, might have to reach a ripe old age to see Honda Motor Co’s 7267.T pet aviation project recoup its development costs.

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Honda has declined to reveal the costs, but the automaker has been researching aircraft development since 1986, and Richard Aboulafia, vice president of analysis at aerospace consulting firm Teal Group, thinks it has likely spent roughly $1 billion on the jet program since the early 2000s – more than double the $400 million typical for similar jets.

A five-year delivery delay and developing its own engine bumped up the bill.

The company that gave the world the Honda Civic, which revolutionized compact cars in the United States in the 1970s, is betting its $4.5 million dollar, six-seater light business jet, the first aircraft developed by an automaker since World War Two, will expand the fuel-efficient private jet market.

The jet began deliveries in late 2015 and is priced slightly higher than competitors in the conservative light businessjet segment.

“The biggest mistake people make when getting into the aircraft business is (thinking) that the cash hemorrhaging ends once you start delivering aircraft,” said Aboulafia.

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“But very often, it increases,” he said, citing marketing and production ramp-up costs.

Fujino, CEO of Honda Aircraft Company, has said he expects it will take at least five years to start generating profits, and Aboulafia thinks it could take much longer to recoup sunk costs.

“If they, miraculously, can generate $1 million in profit on each aircraft, then they need to sell 1,000 planes, after they build the (first 100 or so) aircraft that are unprofitable,” he said.

The project has depended on Honda’s deep pockets. The automaker’s net profit for the 2016 financial year was around $3 billion, more than triple that of Textron , maker of the rival Cessna Citation M2 jet.

Honda hopes the project will have intangible benefits – varnishing its brand image to claw back automobile market share in North America, which has slipped below 10 percent in the past few years, and leveraging jet-engineering skills to raise the efficiency and performance of future car models.


Fujino acknowledges that customers, particularly first-time buyers, may need convincing.

“We want to show customers that even though we don’t have a history of selling aircraft, we’re in the market because we have something new to offer,” he told Reuters in an interview.

“For us that’s more important than having a track record.”

Businessjet operators have shown interest, as it would offer an upscale alternative to turbo prop jets, often used for small charter services.

“The Hondajet would provide a new product for that segment, which is now mostly rattling around on old turbo props,” said Richard Hodkinson, vice president of aircraft sales and acquisitions at aircraft services operator Clay Lacy Aviation in Van Nuys, California.

“It wouldn’t be bigger than a turboprop in terms of the cabin, but it would be new, it would be quiet, it would be more efficient, and you’d be in a jet.”

To sell the jet, Honda, which is targeting wealthy individuals and business owners, has taken a page from the auto industry playbook, establishing a dealership network across the Americas and Europe, though it plans to sell directly to fleet operators.

“The car dealership model works for achieving high-volume, localized sales. The model may not be perfect, but Honda U.S. car sales have expanded by leveraging the strengths of the dealer system,” said Fujino.

Some think that could be a mistake.

Established makers often sell directly to customers and offer maintenance and parts services through their own sales outlets, which takes time and resources to establish, but enables them to control quality and consistency of service.

“You can’t transfer the dealership model from the auto industry to aircraft,” said Aboulafia. “You’re sending a message that you’re not going to be a big player … If they want to develop a family of products and really get out there and be a force in the market, then it’s a missed opportunity.”


Unlike the cheap-and-cheerful Civic, the Hondajet is marketed like an expensive sports car, presented on a slowly rotating platform in the company’s delivery room, a pristine, high-ceilinged hangar at its headquarters in Greensboro, N.C.

“The Hondajet is meant to evoke the image of being the sports car of business jets. We wanted it to have the ‘wow’ factor of a beautiful car,” Fujino said late last year.

The jet has been a labor of love for Fujino, who confounded industry colleagues with the craft’s engineering masterstroke: engines mounted on the wings, not the fuselage, which reduces cabin noise and makes space for a full-sized washroom, a first in its segment.

He also says he found an aerodynamic sweet spot for the engine placement, helping the jet use an average of roughly 15 percent less fuel than rivals, which include the Phenom 100, made by Brazil’s Embraer SA

, and the Citation M2, its biggest competitor.

In the delivery room, Fujino obsesses over every detail of presentation, angling the lighting to highlight the contours of the aircraft’s softly pinched nose, inspired by a Ferragamo stiletto.

He often personally hands over the keys to new owners and says he intends to keep that up even as annual production rises from around 25 now to perhaps 80 in the coming years, nearly double the Citation M2, according to Teal estimates.

“I know the faces of all of our current customers,” he said.

(Reporting by Naomi Tajitsu and Maki Shiraki; Editing by Will Waterman)

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WW II’s Memphis Belle earns its wings at Air Force museum

“My favorite part about working on it is just the fact that I get to work on it,” added Casey, 36, of Dayton. “It’s the Memphis Belle. It’s one of the most famous planes. Everything about it, it doesn’t seem like a job. It’s what I’d be doing in my free time if I got to do whatever I wanted to do.”

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Scranton Hobby Center endures – Scranton Times

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Adam Szydlowski, a few months shy of 3 years old, absolutely loves trains. His doting grandfather, Harry Zinskie, knew just where to take him.

The grandpa from Olyphant brought his grandson from Throop to Scranton Hobby Center, a downtown mainstay at 517 Lackawanna Ave. specializing in model trains.

“He lives for trains,” Zinskie said of little Adam, as he wandered the narrow aisles of the jampacked shop in wide-eyed wonder. “What do you think, Adam? This is serious (train) business here.”

Proprietor Tim Sweeney flipped a switch and a large platform display motored to life, with engines and cars chugging around a tiny town and through tunnels, and filling the small shop train sounds.

The store, which bills itself as one of the oldest hobby shops in the country, was founded by Tony Kovaleski in 1929 in the 500 block of Linden Street as a model airplane department in a grocery store.

Over time, it evolved into a hobby shop. After the Great Depression, the shop moved to 315 Adams Ave. and expanded into model trains, dolls and toys. A fire in 1967 destroyed the business and Kovaleski retired.

Sweeney’s father, Jack Sweeney Sr., who had been a model airplane enthusiast and loyal Scranton Hobby customer, bought the name and rights of the business in 1968, and reopened on St. Patrick’s Day 1969 at 138 Adams Ave.

“My dad was huge into model airplanes,” Sweeney said. “He spent every spare moment in the hobby shop. He was in the insurance business back then and anxious to get off-road and spend more time with the family. The opportunity came up when Tony retired.”

As model trains became the focus, Jack Sweeney Sr. moved the shop in 1973 to 410 Lackawanna Ave. and also expanded into arts and crafts. A fire here in 1982 led to a move to 420 Lackawanna Ave. In 1996, the shop moved to 517 Lackawanna Ave.

The nearby Steamtown National Historic Site, devoted to the railroad history of the city and region, also gave a boost to the hobby shop.

“Steamtown attracts a lot of train enthusiasts because there’s a lot of railroad history in Scranton, so the two kind of go hand-in-hand,” Sweeney said. “We get a lot of spillover business from Steamtown. Tourists that come in town always seem to seek out a hobby shop, especially if they’re train-oriented.”

The shop also runs a model train show twice a year, at the Radisson at Lackawanna Station hotel, the historic former train station and offices of the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad.

Over the years, the shop also developed a solid reputation among collectors, and ships items to buyers all over the country, said Sweeney, 51, who has been involved in the business since boyhood, along with his brother, Jack Jr., 58, the city’s zoning officer.

“We’re a full-service hobby shop,” Jack Jr. said.

Along with trains and accessories, the shop has a large stock of slot cars, plastic and wood models, die-cast collectibles, radio-controlled airplanes, cars, trucks, helicopters and boats, model rockets, kites, modeling tools, paints, railroad books and magazines, and jigsaw puzzles.

Airplanes hang from the ceiling, including Jack Sweeney Sr.’s quarter-scale 1980s remote-controlled replica of a WWII P-51 Mustang fighter, with “Hurry Home Honey” painted on the nose.

“It’s had hundreds of flights. It’s been in the family for years. It’s been like our signature piece,” Tim Sweeney said of the large plane.

Shows and movies, such as “Thomas (the Tank Engine) Friends” and “Polar Express,” also have fueled interest in model trains among kids. New technology, including apps that can run train sets from smartphones, and improved train-sound features, also have helped.

Meanwhile, retro and vintage model car kits have made a resurgence in the hobby world.

And locals also have remained loyal.

Bob Azzarelli, 63, of Dunmore, recalls going to the hobby shop as a boy when Kovaleski had it. Today, Azzarelli is a longtime customer, part-time shop helper and in-house master model builder.

“We try to be like the old-time hobby shops,” Azzarelli said. “We get people in from out of town and they look around and they say, ‘This is a hobby shop.’”

There’s no age limit on the store’s offerings, he said.

“We don’t stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing,” Azzarelli said.

At the end of his visit to the hobby shop, little Adam left with a train engine and matching caboose.

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RM LAW Announces Investigation of TransDigm Group Incorporated

BERWYN, Pa., March 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — RM LAW, P.C. is investigating potential claims against the board of directors of TransDigm Group Incorporated (“TransDigm” or the “Company”) (TDG). Our investigation concerns potential breach of fiduciary duty and securities claims. 

On January 20, 2017, an investment analytics firm issued a report entitled “Could TransDigm be the Valeant of the Aerospace Industry?” claiming that TransDigm’s business model, including “acquir[ing] airplane parts companies (over 50 in total), fir[ing] employees, and egregiously rais[ing] prices,” has put the Company at a disadvantage in effectively participating in contract bidding.  On that news, TransDigm’s shares fell nearly 10%, causing tens of millions in losses to investors.

On March 21, 2017, California Representative Ro Khanna (D-CA) wrote a letter to the Inspector General of the Department of Defense, calling for an investigation into whether the Company has potentially engaged in “waste, fraud and abuse in the defense and industrial base.” On this news, TransDigm’s shares fell 5.5% on March 21, 2017, and continue to slide, significantly harming investors.

If you own shares of TransDigm and would like to learn more about this class action or if you wish to discuss these matters and have any questions concerning this announcement or your rights, contact Richard A. Maniskas, Esquire toll-free at (844) 291-9299 or to sign up online, visit:  You may also email Mr. Maniskas at  

RM LAW, P.C. is a national shareholder litigation firm.  RM LAW, P.C. is devoted to protecting the interests of individual and institutional investors in shareholder actions in state and federal courts nationwide.

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WWII: The Mission, Successes and Challenges of the Memphis …

For the first time in 14 years, one of the most iconic planes in American history has earned its wings.

Restorers have reattached the wings to the B-17F Memphis Belle, under restoration at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Wednesday, the museum provided a behind-the-scenes look as aircraft workers reattached more pieces to the bomber’s wings in preparation for a public unveiling next year.

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“It’s amazing,” said Casey Simmons, a restorer who has labored on the project since 2008 . “I don’t know if there’s words that really say it because you’re little and you build this kit as a little model (airplane) and now you’re actually doing the real thing.

“My favorite part about working on it is just the fact that I get to work on it,” added Casey, 36, of Dayton. “It’s the Memphis Belle. It’s one of the most famous planes. Everything about it, it doesn’t seem like a job. It’s what I’d be doing in my free time if I got to do whatever I wanted to do.”

The Army Air Forces plane is set to make its debut among fabled aircraft inside the World War II gallery at the museum on May 17, 2018, the date that marks the 75th anniversary of the 25th and final wartime mission of the storied bomber that battled Nazi Germany.

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The final crew and the bomber gained fame on a nationwide wartime bond tour, which stopped in Dayton, and for a 1944 movie “Memphis Belle” that documented its combat exploits over Europe.

“The big significance of the Belle is it’s an icon and it represents those heavy bomber crews that helped win the war against Germany,” said Jeff Duford, a museum curator.

The Memphis Belle will sit as the centerpiece of a large-scale exhibit on strategic bombing. Archival footage of the historic plane’s missions retrieved from the National Archives, crew artifacts flown in combat and interactive screens will tell the tale of thousands of bombers and their crews in the bloody aerial battles that killed more airman than any war American airmen have fought in.

Crews have roughly 13,000 hours of work left, said Greg Hassler, restoration supervisor. The museum was not able to provide a cost estimate or how many hours workers and volunteers labored so far to bring the Belle back to its former end of combat luster.

Restorers have labored to meticulously off and on to scrape paint, bend metal and fabricate parts since the Boeing built-bomber arrived in 2005 hauled in on a truck from near Memphis, Tenn.

“You get lots of parts and boxes and things that aren’t marked and it’s trying to figure out where things go (you) look at the drawings and it’s like a puzzle,” Simmons said.

The plane will be repainted to reflect how it looked at the end of its combat bombing runs and before flying across the nation on the war bond tour, Duford said. The paint on the plane today is not the original markings, he said.

“The skin all over the the fuselage is engraved with the names when it went on its war bond tour so you want to try and keep all that as much as you can because if you replace that, that’s history gone,” Simmons said.

The reborn Belle will have a woman in a red dress on one side of the plane and in a blue dress on the other side of the nose to reflect the original look. A row of swastikas added for the war bond tour will be removed because they weren’t on the bomber immediately after it finished its days in combat, Duford said

The wings were last attached in 2003, officials said.

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William David Moffett

William David Moffett passed away in South Lake Tahoe on February 18, 2017.

Rather than taking a safe, boring journey through life, he lived an eventful, full life of adventure and diverse experiences that started February 16, 1934 in Elizabethton, Tennessee. The son of George and Dorothy (Witt) Moffett, he attended and graduated from Fork Union Military Academy of Virginia in 1952. A talented track star, he attended East Tennessee State University and the University of Tennessee.

He chose to pursue his love of flying by joining the Air Force, serving his country as a lieutenant. While stationed at Mather AFB in Sacramento, he met his wife Barbara Barkley. After being discharged from the Air Force, he flew as a commercial pilot for several years. In 1961, David and Barbara moved to South Lake Tahoe, where they started a family and he began a 36 year career at Harvey’s. Lake Tahoe served as the backdrop for him to be able to pursue his many outdoor interests at full throttle. Not one with the intention to arrive safely at the end in a well preserved body, he fully immersed himself with his family in hiking, backpacking, skiing, golf, snowmobiling, sailing, road and mountain biking, and woodcutting.

He spent many hours puttering in his garage and yard and could fix most anything, or at least he thought he could. He loved to build and fly model airplanes. His innate curiosity about the world around him led him in many directions, but at his heart, he was a family man. David was a man of immense personal charm, who came close to liking each and every person he ever met. He believed in enjoying every meal and never passed up ice cream with chocolate syrup, or a latte. David lived his life to the fullest and fought off his cancer to the end. He could loudly proclaim, “Oh, what a life!”

David was greatly loved and is greatly missed. He is survived by his wife of 57 years Barbara, children Melissa Tyson (Son-in-law Charles), Mark Moffett (Daughter-in-law Jill) and Michael Moffett (Ralitsa); grandchildren Peter, Michelle, Kathleen Tyson, and Christopher Moffett; and many close relatives and friends. He is proceeded in death by his brother Brugess Dewitt Moffett.

Memorial tributes may be made to Barton Hospice.

At David’s request there will be no services.

Please think of David and enjoy a latte, eat a stack of pancakes, go on an epic hike, or align the front end of your car – he would have liked that!

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