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June 26, 1978

Space Technology

Tank Tests Validate Structure Assembly

Air Transport

New Nationalist Chinese Airport Nearing Completion

Business Flying

Reading Pace Overcomes Bad Weather

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Space Technology

Tank Tests Validate Structure Assembly

Huntsville, Ala.—Marshall Space Flight Center neutral buoyancy simulator tests here show that astronauts performing extravehicular activity will be able to handle and manually assemble structures in space involving components far larger than any hardware ever handled previously in 0g conditions.

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Air Transport

New Nationalist Chinese Airport Nearing Completion

Taoyuan, Taiwan—Construction work on the first phase of Nationalist China’s new Taoyuan International Airport development project is more than 80% completed, and the $300-million terminal complex is expected to be ready for operation by late January.

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Business Flying

Reading Pace Overcomes Bad Weather

Reading, Pa.—Sales activity at Reading’s 29th National Maintenance and Operations Meeting was hampered by bad weather, but helicopter, avionics and the special interest aircraft registered gains. Low cloud coverage and rain on June 7 and 8, normally the two most active days of the four-day show, helped depress the number of registrants from 10,108 last year to 7,904 this year.

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Avionics

Usaf to Evaluate New Memory System

Dallas—Magnetic bubble memories to be delivered to the Air Force this fall could be progenitors of a family of high-reliability, low-cost mass memory systems that will compete with militarized disk and drum memories for roles in future airborne and spaceborne computer and data systems.

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Management

Foreign Arms Support Straps Military

Los Angeles—Despite the Carter Administration’s stated policy of more restrictive arms transfers, an increasing number of follow-on support contracts resulting from earlier weapon sales to foreign countries is straining U. S. military management and support capabilities, according to Defense officials.

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Air Transport

El Al Changing Management Approach

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Business Flying

Alf502l’s Commercial Uses Stressed

Stratford, Conn.—Avco Lycoming’s commitment to the commercial turbofan engine market place was evident here last week during an ALF502L maintenance symposium for Canadair Challenger customers. This commitment and the evident enthusiasm for the first commercial turbofan engine built by Avco Lycoming were in part due to the Challenger program, which has amassed 104 firm orders with deposits, and in part to future programs the company sees for the basic ALF502 engine.
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Management

Aerospace Hiring Battle Stiffens

Industry in Southern California seeking production workers and engineers to meet military and civil program demands

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Air Transport

Controllers Spark Ire in House

Slowdown in familiarization flight dispute draws threatening scrutiny in hearing; snarls, delays continue in air traffic

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Editorial

No Easy Answers

… Politically, there is uncertainty about the form of the regulatory framework which will set the ground rules for the years ahead. In certain congressional committees, a new regulatory bill is being formulated which will alter most of the basic premises by which the airlines have operated for nearly 40 years.
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