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October 15, 1979

Space Technology

Shuttle Aborts Pose New Challenges

Safety

Dutch Differ With Spanish on Tenerife

Management

B-52Ds Designated for Support of NATO

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Space Technology

Shuttle Aborts Pose New Challenges

Houston—Survival of the space shuttle during serious launch and ascent emergencies will depend upon more complex procedures than those required for launch aborts in previous manned space programs. Successful recovery of the winged spacecraft and its crew during a serious ascent emergency will require critical shuttle systems to remain operational, a substantial departure from earlier programs where dedicated abort systems were largely separate from normal vehicle operations.

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Safety

Dutch Differ With Spanish on Tenerife

The second message from the Pan Am crew, that they would report when clear of the runway, was transmitted when the KLM aircraft was well in the takeoff run. About the human factors that may have played a role in this accident, I want to state the following:
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Management

B-52Ds Designated for Support of NATO

USAF plans to operate bombers from European staging bases rather than assigning the aircraft permanently

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Business Flying

Modification Firms Boosting Efficiency, Reducing Costs

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Business Flying

Corporate Market Competition Strong

Washington—Suppliers to the corporate aviation market are free to focus on competition among themselves with little worry about the impact of an economic downturn, it became clear at the annual National Business Aircraft Assn. meeting in Atlanta last month (AW&ST Oct. 1, p. 9).

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Aeronautical Engineering

Augmented Turbofan Performing Well in Test Series

General Electric F404-GE-400 augmented turbofan for the Navy/McDonnell Douglas-Northrop A/F-18A is approaching the 250-flight mark without an engine stall and with only engine-caused unscheduled removal. Qualification endurance testing has logged about 9,500 hr. and the full-scale development of the engine is slated for completion in July, 1980.

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Air Transport

Airline Employes Facing Furloughs, Layoffs

Carriers expect service curbs will dictate severe cuts affecting personnel directly involved with operations

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Air Transport

TriStar Production Costs Offset Lockheed Profits

Burbank, Calif.—Rising employment costs and increased material lead times encountered by Lockheed Corp. in its acceleration of L-1011 TriStar transport production will offset the corporation’s overall profits in the third quarter.
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Avionics

Signal Light System Being Evaluated

Windsor Locks, Conn.—Experimental signal light system, designed to provide reliable visual confirmation of takeoff clearance to pilots of aircraft holding in takeoff positions on departure runways, is beginning a period of formal evaluation here for the Federal Aviation Administration.

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Management

AIA Responds to Initiatives From AFSC

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