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July 31, 1978

Safety

Storms Traced in Southern Dc-9 Crash

Aviation Week Pilot Report

Seminole Aimed at Transitioning Pilots

Aeronautical Engineering

F-5e Nose Modified for Reconnaissance

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Safety

Storms Traced in Southern Dc-9 Crash

Actual Conditions. The surface weather observations at the following times and locations were, in part: Rome, Ga. 1459—Sky—1,400 ft. scattered, ceiling estimated 3,000 ft. broken, 5,000 ft. overcast; visibility—5 mi., thunderstorm, light rainshowers; temperature—70F; wind —210 deg. at 4 kt.; remarks—one thunderstorm northeast, moving northeast, and thunderstorm southwest, moving northeast and occasional thunder.
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Aviation Week Pilot Report

Seminole Aimed at Transitioning Pilots

Vero Beach, Fla.—Piper Aircraft Corp.’s entry into the light-twin market provides an uncomplicated trainer/personal aircraft aimed at the transitioning single-engine pilot. The entry, which Piper calls the Seminole (PA-44-180), was flown by this editor recently from the Vero Beach production plant to Washington, D. C.

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Aeronautical Engineering

F-5e Nose Modified for Reconnaissance

Hawthorne, Calif.—Northrop Corp. has completed the design of a camera equipped nose section that converts its F-5E fighter into a multirole RF-5E reconnaissance aircraft, and will begin flight testing the new configuration early next year using a modified F-5E leased from the U. S. Air Force.

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Air Transport

U. S. Domestic Traffic Booming

U. S. domestic traffic boom has caught airlines by surprise as carrier executives watch spiraling load factors and keep a close look at what the glut of discount fares is doing to their all-important yield. Meanwhile, airport operators are coping with travel fever and passenger lines that at peak periods have snaked into every corner of their terminals.
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Avionics

New Phased-array Radar Tests Planned

Baltimore—Flight tests of the new USAF/Westinghouse multifunction phased-array radar known as EAR (electronically agile radar) will begin this fall on a Boeing B-52 (AW&ST June 21, 1976, p. 45). A functionally identical radar has been undergoing ground tests here at a hilltop facility for nearly a year, and phasedarray antenna performance has been “phenomenally good, just as theory predicted,” according to William Jones, the Westing-house program manager.

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Space Technology

Shuttle Delay to Affect Few Payloads

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Air Transport

Concorde Marketing Kept at Low Key

New York—Air France and British Airways are showing unusual conservatism in the promotion of their Concorde supersonic transport services because each carrier is convinced that the aircraft will attract only a limited blue-ribbon market.

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Aeronautical Engineering

Aluminum Study Funds Sought

Lockheed urges federal support for research on alloys that could lead to saving of 2,000 lb./airframe by 1984

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Management

Arms Exports Increase 60% in Decade

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Missile Engineering

Mx Missile, Vertical Shelters Urged By U. S. Defense Chief

Washington—Gen. David C. Jones, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, last week urged expediting the development of the MX missile and using vertical shelters within the multiple aim point concept to counter the increasing Soviet capability to knock out the U. S. intercontinental ballistic missile force.

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