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April 9, 1979

Space Technology

Nasa Shifts Large Structures Planning

Aeronautical Engineering

Delivery Times Lengthening for Machine Tool Industry

Aviation Week Pilot Report

Firecracker Designed for Flight Training

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Space Technology

Nasa Shifts Large Structures Planning

Houston —National Aeronautics and Space Administration has made a fundamental shift in its large space structure development plan. Funding constraints and the need to obtain elementary systems operation data on the use of large structures will delay “beam-machine” type fabrication in space until later in the 1980s.

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Aeronautical Engineering

Delivery Times Lengthening for Machine Tool Industry

U. S. aerospace industry demand for machine tools has increased significantly during the last two years, leading to record sales of aerospace-related production equipment for some machine tool companies and building machine tool production order backlogs that currently have delivery times lagging by up to two years.

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Aviation Week Pilot Report

Firecracker Designed for Flight Training

Chichester, England—NDN-1 Firecracker, a piston-engine trainer designed for low-cost initial flight training of military pilots, proves itself in flight to have jet-like flying qualities coupled with sufficiently demanding handling characteristics so that student pilots using it will be forced to learn precision flying techniques in order to make the aircraft perform to its full capability.

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Avionics

Pave Paws Phased Array Radar Nears Acceptance

Otis AFB, Mass.—USAF/Raytheon Pave Paws phased array radar system here, essentially completed and moving toward full operational acceptance, is expected to provide an early warning capability that will detect and track 10-sq.-meter (107.6sq.-ft.) missile targets at ranges up to 3,000 naut. mi.

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Air Transport

Albatross Refurbished for Commuter

Chalks International Airline’s modified and refurbished 28-passenger Grumman Aerospace HU-16 Albatross will be used to satisfy the increased passenger demand for amphibian commuter service from the company’s Miami base. Chalks, a division of Resorts International, has contracted with Grumman to modify one Albatross, with the anticipation that within two years following Federal Aviation Administration certification of the amphibian, all eight of Chalks’ Albatrosses could be modified.

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Air Transport

Deregulation Spawns Airport Burdens

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Air Transport

Strike By Machinists Stalls United Advances

Labor action comes just as carrier achieves long-sought dominance on major routes; traffic swamps other airlines

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Missile Engineering

Weapons Family Concept Backed

U. S. Defense Science Board endorses shared development, production plan with detailed mission assignment proposals

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Aeronautical Engineering

United Cfm56 Selection Sparks Dc-8 Retrofit

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Air Transport

Lufthansa, Klm Order A310 Transports

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