September 11, 1972

Editorial

A Brightening Horizon

DOD Tightens Control on R&D

Farnborough Lackluster, Future in Doubt

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Editorial

A Brightening Horizon

Business flying has emerged from the economic squalls that clouded its outlook last year and is enjoying substantial growth in sales. The upturn in business aircraft sales during the first half of this year was spurred by three factors. First, the general improvement of corporate profits has loosened the buyers’ purse strings.

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DOD Tightens Control on R&D

New Technology Coordinating Papers seek to avoid duplication, locate research gaps, heighten communication at working level

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Farnborough Lackluster, Future in Doubt

Farnborough-British government indicated last week it is willing to support commercially viable British aerospace projects in the European collaboration context, but the move came at a time when the biennial Farnborough air display future is in doubt.
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L-1011 Interrupts Sales Tour For Appearance at Air Display

Farnborough-Air transport impact at the Farnborough air display ironically came from the U. S., which is not yet allowed to participate formally, but the Lockheed L-1011 TriStar admittedly arrived courtesy of Rolls-Royce. The wide-body jet interrupted a European and Far East sales tour to perform daily flying demonstrations, and the airplane was opened to the public, who were greeted at the front entrance on the opening show day by Lockheed Chairman Daniel J. Haughton.
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MRCA Faces Major Review in November

Farnborough-European multi-role combat aircraft (MRCA) will undergo a three-tofour-month review of costs and projected technical performance starting in November, leading to what Panavia project managers hope will be a final decision to start major production investment by the spring of 1973.
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Extended-Capacity lntelsat-4 Planned in Hughes-BAC Study

London-Delopment of an extended-capacity Intelsat-4 synchronous communications satellite is planned by Hughes Aircraft Co. and British Aircraft Corp. under a Communications Satellite Corp. study contract. The firms expect to make a final report on the proposed system to Comsat within a month, and Comsat is to make a decision on whether to proceed with the planned satellite by the end of the year.
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Wheels-Up 105G Landing Mars Pedestrian Farnborough Flying

Farnborough-Daily flying display at the Farnborough air show, which last week was a pedestrian affair conducted by fairly aged British and foreign aircraft, was marred when a Saab-Scania 105G jet trainer and attack aircraft, newest in the 105 family, landed gear up on the main runway.
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Business Aircraft Exhibit Sparse at Show

Farnborough-New Short Bros, and Harland feederliner, an Australian utility turboprop twin and a new version of the Britten-Norman Islander provided most of the leavening in an otherwise sparse business flying effort at the Farnborough air display.
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Greater Collaboration Is Urged On Costly Engine Development

Farnborough-Need for further multi-national collaboration in aircraft engine development programs was urged here by European engine manufacturers in the belief that engine development projects are becoming too expensive for individual companies to handle alone.
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Grumman, American Aviation Plan Commercial Airplane Firm

Grumman Corp. and American Aviation Corp. agreed in principle last week to form a new commercial aircraft company aimed at competing in the middle-range aircraft category with Beech, Cessna and Piper. Terms of the agreement were not revealed, but Grumman will become the majority stockholder.
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