September 30, 1974

Aeronautical Engineering

Lighter-than-air Technology Broadens

Aeronautical Engineering

Rotary/fixed-wing Design Details Near

Avionics

R-nav Uses Error Analysis Technique

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Aeronautical Engineering

Lighter-than-air Technology Broadens

Scientists from nine nations seek ways to translate data into realistic, practical payoffs for the giant airships

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Aeronautical Engineering

Rotary/fixed-wing Design Details Near

Stratford, Conn.—Sikorsky Aircraft here is now in the detail design phase of a rotor system research aircraft (RSRA) program jointly sponsored by the Army and National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The RSRA will be designed to fly as a pure helicopter, compound helicopter or as a conventional fixed-wing aircraft.

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Avionics

R-nav Uses Error Analysis Technique

New area navigation (R-Nav) system developed by Garrett Corp. automatically evaluates range and bearing data from available VHF ground stations, selecting the best station pairs for maximum navigation accuracy on the basis of an error analysis technique.

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Aeronautical Engineering

Navy Picks S-3a Viking for Cod Role

Los Angeles-Navy has selected a stretched version of the Navy/Lockheed S-3A Viking anti-submarine-warfare (ASW) aircraft for development as its new carrier onboard delivery (COD) aircraft. The S-3A version selected, called the S3 Utility COD by Lockheed, is one of two versions the company offered the Navy in a dual proposal.

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Avionics

Support Unit Shaves Test Costs

McClellan AFB, Calif.—USAF is developing a “new look” digital avionics report complex here for its General Dynamics F-lll weapon system that may set a pattern for avionics logistical support for other USAF operational aircraft as well.

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Space Technology

Mariner Photos Reveal Mercury Scarps

Pasadena, Calif.—High-resolution television pictures of Mercury’s southern polar region, taken by the Mariner 10 spacecraft during its second flight past the planet, confirm the existence of extensive thrust faults or scarp formations, which program officials think are caused by compression of the planet’s surface crust.
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Business Flying

Strong Sales Spur Business Flying R&d

Los Angeles—Continued strong business aircraft sales, particularly in the turbine-powered class, is sparking research and development of new and improved models. Although manufacturers are heavily committed to backlogs extending in some cases through the end of next year, they were discussing new programs with corporate pilots and management personnel attending the meeting here last week.
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Management

Congress Studies New Secrecy Bills

Washington—Bill that would make it a criminal offense for government employes to leak classified defense information and also would allow prosecution of anyone who receives and retains or disseminates it will come under increasing scrutiny in the next session of Congress.

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Management

Iam, United Aircraft Open Labor Talks

New York—Future direction of United Aircraft Corp.’s relationship with the International Assn. of Machinists will be indicated Oct. 1, when the union is scheduled to present its new contract demands. Though the amount of litigation between the two parties has diminished during the present three-year contract expiring Nov. 30, the memory of the bitter 1960 strike is not entirely dead.

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Air Transport

Arabs Anticipate Large Aircraft Buys

London—Arab airlines of the Middle East are expected to invest over $2.5 billion for new transport aircraft and support equipment during the next five years in anticipation of a bonanza growth of tourism throughout the area. The Arab Air Carriers Organization and the Arab Tourism Union are working jointly in developing programs designed to encourage expansion of hotel facilities, improve training of personnel in the handling of tourists and the cooperation of Arab governments.

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