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September 25, 1978

Safety

Board Assays Charter Flight Crash

Avionics

Boeing Updating 727, 737 Equipment

Avionics

Arn-118 Tacan Reliability Triples Goal

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Safety

Board Assays Charter Flight Crash

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Avionics

Boeing Updating 727, 737 Equipment

Renton, Wash.—Determination to keep its 727 and 737 models viable through the 1980s and 1990s underlies recent Boeing Commercial Airplane Co. decisions to add state-of-the-art avionics such as performance computers, digital air data systems and full-range autothrottles to these first-generation aircraft.

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Avionics

Arn-118 Tacan Reliability Triples Goal

Cedar Rapids, Iowa—U. S. Air Force/Collins Avionics-developed AN/ARN-118 microtacan navigation set is demonstrating a field reliability that is more than three times the figure specified in the contract. Unlike most airborne avionics equipment, where in-use reliability is significantly lower than that achieved during factory qualification tests, the ARN-118 is exhibiting an operational reliability that is almost twice the 1,000-hr. figure obtained in earlier qualification tests.

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Management

Federal Incentives for Research Sought

New York—Roy A. Anderson, chairman of the board of Lockheed Corp., has called for a broad spectrum of federal incentives—including partial tax credits for research and development—to stimulate the advanced technology research and development investment that he says is critical to the nation’s economic future.

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Space Technology

New Flights to Swell Atmospheric Data

Washington—Two new atmospheric spacecraft are to be operating in orbit soon to provide the U. S. with more meteorological and environmental data than have been gathered in space ever before. The missions have a strong international involvement.

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Air Transport

Continental, Western Merger Urged

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Space Technology

Shuttle Engine Tests Successful

Long-duration series will enable NASA to tell Congress this week that Sept. 28, 1979, launch appears likely

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Aeronautical Engineering

Laminar Flow Research Enters Tunnel, Flight Test

Hampton, Va.—Complex wind tunnel airfoil tests and flight tests with a McDonnell Douglas DC-9 will be part of Phase 2 laminar flow research getting under way Oct. 1 at the Langley Research Center here. Phase 2 work eventually will be funded for a total of at least $29 million over four years, with the wind tunnel and flight tests to begin in 1981.
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Business Flying

Problem Solving Draws Focus at Nbaa

St. Louis—Focus and direction on solving business flying problems, along with a record number of serious aircraft and equipment purchasers, highlighted the recent annual National Business Aircraft Assn, meeting and convention in St. Louis (AW&ST Sept. 18, p. 15).

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Air Transport

Arabian Traffic Gain Spurs Jidda Bids

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