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June 4, 1979

Safety

Control Cited in San Diego Collision

Space Technology

Weather Satellite Production Continues

DC-10 Grounding

Crash to Boost Faa Scrutiny

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Safety

Control Cited in San Diego Collision

(Following is the first part of the National Transportation Safety Board report on the midair collision of a Pacific Southwest Airlines Boeing Hill 4 and a Gibbs Flite Center Cessna 172 near Lindbergh Field, San Diego, Calif, Sept. 25, 1978, killing all 137 persons aboard the two aircraft (AW&ST Oct. 2, 1978, p. 34).
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Space Technology

Weather Satellite Production Continues

Princeton, N. J.—First of the next series of defense meteorological satellites is being fabricated for the U. S. Air Force here at the Astro Electronics Div. of RCA even as the last satellite of the current series is being assembled. The Air Force maintains at least two defense meteorological satellites in operation at all times in circular, sun-synchronous, polar orbits.

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DC-10 Grounding

Crash to Boost Faa Scrutiny

Accident, subsequent findings, expected to spur agency to review transport maintenance inspection procedures

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Business Flying

Smaller Aircraft Dominant at Reading

Reading, Pa. —Reading air show exhibitors and spectators this year gave a further indication that the maintenance and operation meeting is being confined to the smaller propeller aircraft segment of the general aviation market, with some exceptions.

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Business Flying

Reading Avionic Displays Draw Crowds for Training Devices

Reading, Pa. —Variety of pilot training devices proved a strong attraction at the 30th National Maintenance & Operations Meeting —the Reading show —here. Most manufacturers maintained a full schedule of appointments with prospects eager to “fly” their increasingly sophisticated, refined simulator systems.

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DC-10 Grounding

Pacific Traffic Disruption Proves Brief

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Air Transport

Larger Labor Contracts Sought

Hughes Airwest, Ozark mechanics want greater gains than achieved at United; wage council to seek justification

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DC-10 Grounding

European Carriers Resent Faa Procedures Confusion

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Space Technology

Further Shuttle Launch Delay Feared

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Space Technology

New Thermal System for Shuttle Urged

Sunnyvale, Calif.—Development of a promising new space shuttle thermal protection system material is being pushed here with a sense of urgency arising from problems encountered with the existing system on the first flight orbiter. Lockheed Missiles and Space Co. is preparing to ship initial quantities of the new material—barely a year out of the laboratory —for qualification testing by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration this “We are pushing to bring it along as a viable option as rapidly as we can, learning all the way,” said Wilson B. Schramm, Lockheed’s manager for refractory composites.

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