December 25, 1972

International

Governments Step Up Pooled Programs

Air Transport

Airline Maintenance Concepts Change

Defense Procurement

Weapons Specifications to Stress Costs

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International

Governments Step Up Pooled Programs

Geneva—International cooperation in the aerospace industry is on the upswing as a response to sharp cutbacks in government funding in both the Western and Communist worlds. Cooperative programs are viewed by the industry and most governments as a means not only of pooling available resources for greater efficiency, but of building a shell of political protection around individual programs that they would not have if the government funding were coming from only one national source.
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Air Transport

Airline Maintenance Concepts Change

Washington—Airline engineering and maintenance management concepts are being revised drastically throughout the U. S. industry in a drive to attain tight budgetary control over procurement as well as performance and function. Operating philosophies adopted by individual airlines still vary widely.
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Defense Procurement

Weapons Specifications to Stress Costs

Washington—Overall Defense Dept, procurement levels for the next five years probably will remain stable, but with more consideration given to weapons system specification needs to keep costs down. Don R. Brazier, principal deputy assistant secretary of defense, comptroller, said:
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Avionics

New R-nav Plan Promises User Incentive

Emergence of area navigation (R-Nav) as the recommended foundation of the U. S. air traffic system by 1982 (AW&ST Dec. 11, p. 12) climaxes nearly a decade of efforts to utilize modern avionics to provide a viable alternative to point-to-point navigation within the context of the domestic airways system.
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Business Flying

Sales Boom Depends on Price Control

Strong upturn in business aircraft sales this year, after two years during which volume dived almost 50%, is expected to lead to healthy increases for at least the next five years, top executives of the leading producers believe. They say the outlook is that sales volumes, expressed in dollars, should show an increase of at least 15% per year, with some companies experiencing at least a 20% increase each year over at least the next five years.
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Space Technology

Business Urged to Utilize Nasa Data

Washington—Technology Utilization Program (TUP), administered by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, has been unable to reach about 300,000 potential users per year due to difficulties involved in disseminating information about the program.
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