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April 3, 1978

Business Flying

Conquest Performance, Range Stressed

Management

Soviets Boost Icbm Accuracy

Space Technology

Jupiter Probe Contractor Choice Due in Summer

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Business Flying

Conquest Performance, Range Stressed

Wichita—Cessna Aircraft is stressing high altitude performance and operating economics and range in marketing its twin turboprop Conquest, now that its airworthiness certificate has been restored. The Conquest, which had its certification suspended Nov. 16, 1977, because of an accident that killed seven people, had its airworthiness certificate restored by the Federal Aviation Administration late in February.

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Management

Soviets Boost Icbm Accuracy

Latest estimates of USSR circular error probabilities place U. S. force in jeopardy sooner than anticipated

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Space Technology

Jupiter Probe Contractor Choice Due in Summer

Moffett Field, Calif.—Contractor to design and build a Jupiter probe vehicle will be named this summer at the conclusion of a two-way competition that was restricted to highly experienced companies in an effort to meet a tight schedule imposed by the date for most favorable launch conditions.

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Aeronautical Engineering

Usaf Pushes Tanker Reengining Study

Washington—Air Force is pressing studies to reinforce its requirement to reengine its Boeing KC-135 tankers for needs of the mid-1980s in spite of funding cuts by Defense Dept. Air Force requests for funding of the reengine program were eliminated from the Fiscal 1979 budget estimate while the Fiscal 1978 request was reduced from $8.8 million to $2.5 million.

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Air Transport

Extensive Jet Sales Tour Set

European consortium marketing teams plan technical talks with airlines on proposed 163-seat twin turbofan for 1983

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Space Technology

Orbiter 2 Semistabilized After Gas Loss

Pasadena, Calif.—Viking mission controllers have placed the No. 2 orbiter in a semistabilized mode as it orbits Mars after the spacecraft’s supply of attitude control gas was nearly depleted by onboard leaks. This action marks at least a temporary end to the use of the orbiter in additional scientific exploration of the planet and severely limits the capability of the second lander craft during the remainder of the Viking mission.

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Editorial

Challenge to the Navy

… We have examined the recent Navy study, “Sea Plan 2000,” and have talked to the President about its strategy implications. Our deliberations have served as a reminder of certain key naval strategy issues, which are and will continue to be before us for debate.
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Aeronautical Engineering

Sh-60b to Fill Several Navy Roles

Stratford, Conn.—Navy/Sikorsky SH-60B Lamps Mk. 3 helicopter will have 70-75% commonality with the Army/Sikorsky UH-60A from which it is derived, and will gain learning-curve benefits from the fact that about 600 of the UH-60A will have been produced before the first Lamps version rolls off the line.

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Management

Non-u. S. Export Financing Scrutinized

Washington—Two congressional subcommittees will confront the challenge posed by Europe’s extensive governmental support in the aggressive export drive to sell the Airbus Industrie A-300B wide-body transport shortly after House and Senate return from Easter recess Apr. 3.

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Air Transport

Emission Rules Delayed, Eased on General Aviation

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