HE GLOBAL ECONOMIC DOWNTURN IS TAKING A TOLL on all sectors of the commercial aviation business and regional aircraft sales are no exception. While manufacturers of regional jets and turboprops continue to speak confidently about the long-term market prospects for their products, there is no sugarcoating the near-term pain. Both Embraer and Bombardier have announced major workforce cutbacks and are hunkering down to ride out the financial storm. "There's no question about how serious the ...

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