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June 25, 1973

Avionics

Optical Coupling Opens New Laser Paths

Avionics

Multiple Needs Prove MLS Hurdle

Business Flying

Bright Sales Outlook Evident at Paris

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Avionics

Optical Coupling Opens New Laser Paths

Emerging technology for guiding and controlling laser light in microminiature solid-state components may hold the key to the development of wholly new classes of high-capacity optical communications, data processing and display systems.

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Avionics

Multiple Needs Prove MLS Hurdle

Agreement exists on urgency for landing system improvements, but too many technical solutions, requirements spark problems

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Business Flying

Bright Sales Outlook Evident at Paris

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Air Transport

Tourists Buttress Viasa Traffic Growth

Caracas—Growing tourist interest in Venezuela is underpinning solid traffic growth for Venezuelan International Airways (Viasa), this South American country’s primary international carrier. Stepped-up advertising and promotion programs and low-cost group fares have succeeded in turning the attention of North Americans to this country at the top of South America.

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Special Report: USSR Aerospace

Soviet Space Center Being Expanded

Zvezdnoy Gorodok, USSR—Major facilities expansion is now under way at the Soviet Union’s manned spaceflight training center. It has been stimulated by the prospect of long-term U. S.-Soviet technology transfer beginning with the planned 1975 Apollo-Soyuz joint manned orbital mission and the expanded requirements for the Soviets’ own manned space program.

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Special Report: USSR Aerospace

Top Priority Speeds Tu-144 Production

Moscow—Tupolev Tu-144 supersonic transport is in full series production at the Voronezh aircraft plant in a massive top-priority program directed by Mikhail S. Mikhailov, deputy director of the Ministry of Aircraft Production. As a result of an inspection of the Voronezh production facilities, interviews with top officials in the Ministry of Aircraft Production, the Tupolev design bureau and Aeroflot, the following outlines of the program are apparent:

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Avionics

Business Aircraft Avionics Booming

Reading, Pa.—New products offering sophisticated avionics capabilities keyed to the weight, size and budget constraints of the smaller business-corporate aircraft user abounded at the recent Reading air show here, portending further broadening of the market base for manufacturers already enduring the pangs of sudden growth.

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Space Technology

EVA Paves Way for Next Skylab Mission

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Air Transport

Aeroflot Drive to Expand Rights To U. S. Seen Largely Fruitless

Moscow—Aeroflot appeared likely to get only small concessions from its angry top-level campaign to expand its air services to the U. S. despite heavy pressure last week on the White House and State Dept. during the Washington visit of Soviet Communist Party Chief Leonid Brezhnev with President Nixon.
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Aeronautical Engineering

Smoother Ride Goal of Control System

Wichita—Ride control system (RCS) embodied in a Boeing B-52E specially modified to evaluate new flight control technology has successfully met its goal of reducing the accelerations caused by gust turbulence by at least 30%, preliminary evaluation of flight test data by engineers here at Boeing-Wichita indicates.

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