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December 9, 1968

Avionics

Power Pack Promises Boost in Reliability

Air Transport

Ground Cost Cuts Urged for Airfreight

Space Technology

Soviet Recon Satellite Pace Gains

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Avionics

Power Pack Promises Boost in Reliability

Rockford, 111.—A major advance in aircraft electric generator design has emerged from a new power package concept developed here by Sundstrand Aviation in cooperation with several generator manufacturers. The power pack, called Integrated Drive-Generator (IDG), promises a major boost in reliability and a 20% reduction in weight compared with existing designs.

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Air Transport

Ground Cost Cuts Urged for Airfreight

KLM head sees rising expenses for labor, documentation eroding benefits of new equipment, calls for new rate-setting methods

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Space Technology

Soviet Recon Satellite Pace Gains

Total for first nine months of 1968 matches that for all 1967; number launched from Tyuratam site grows relative to Plesetsk

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Air Transport

Carrier Looks to Japan for Tour Revenue

Saipan-Air Micronesia expects to turn the corner toward profitable operations after sparse visitor facilities in the Trust Territory islands are expanded to accommodate the vast potential of Japanese tourists. The desire of the Japanese citizen to travel abroad is becoming an important factor to Pacific tourism generally, and his interest specifically in the Trust Territories of the Pacific has already been demonstrated.

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Special Report: Boeing SST Details

Change to New Wing Gives Boeing Sst Design Flexibility

Seattle—Flexibility of Boeing Co.’s new supersonic transport design is allowing the company to consider a variety of fuselage lengths and diameters. The airlines thus may be able to choose a body size that best fits their routes. In the 2707-300 design, a delta gull-wing aircraft which succeeded the ill-fated variable-geometry design (AW&ST NOV. 18, p. 36), the fuselage is mounted on top of the wing, permitting body changes without major alterations to the wing.

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Missile Engineering

B-52 Equipped for Sram Evaluation

Holloman AFB, N.M.—Flight testing of the USAF/Boeing short range attack missile (SRAM) weapon system is now under way with a Boeing B-52H fitted with all subsystems needed to accommodate the new missile. The first flight of the aircraft was made Nov. 21 without a SRAM but subsequent flights scheduled for early this month were to have been made with an unpowered dummy SRAM incorporating a working guidance system.

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Special Report: Boeing SST Details

Noise, Traffic Loom as Key Sst Problems

Seattle—Engine noise and airways congestion have been identified as two key problems which must be solved if economical supersonic transport operations are to become a reality in the late 1970s, Boeing Co. officials believe. Boeing is confident that its current 2707-300 configuration will be an otherwise economical and reliable aircraft but the company sees no satisfactory solution near for the noise and airways congestion problems at this point.

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Business Flying

American Charts New Marketing Program

Cleveland-American Aviation Corp., currently producing the AA-1 Yankee two-place light aircraft here, is laying the groundwork for future expansion by emphasizing youth in its management and conservatism in its marketing program.

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Air Transport

Stol Service Triggers Market Struggle

New York Airways plans expanded Twin Otter service as air taxis ready fight against fixed-wing operation by helicopter carriers

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Air Transport

Pricing Tips Air Canada to L-1011

Carrier buys 10 Lockheed airbuses for $161 million through Air Holdings, Ltd.; trade-in of Vickers Vanguards a factor in sale

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