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November 5, 1979

Safety

Fuel Situation Cited in Portland Crash

Special Report: Military Manpower

Retention of Highly Trained Poses Serious Problem

Germans Plan Fantrainer Modifications

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Safety

Fuel Situation Cited in Portland Crash

About 1815 Pacific Standard Time on Dec. 28, 1978, United Airlines, Inc., Flight 173 crashed into a wooded, populated area of suburban Portland, Ore., during an approach to the Portland International Airport. The aircraft had delayed southeast of the airport at a low altitude for about 1 hr. while the flightcrew coped with a landing gear malfunction and prepared the passengers for a possible emergency landing.
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Special Report: Military Manpower

Retention of Highly Trained Poses Serious Problem

Retaining expensively aerospace-related trained manpower at a time skilled civilian counterparts are earning far more money is the most serious problem facing the military in the 1980s. The key to growing with the future, top officials said, is not only in getting the most advanced, complex equipment available.

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Germans Plan Fantrainer Modifications

Moenchengladbach, Germany—Rheinflugzeugbau, which has developed an innovative propulsion system for its new Fantrainer, plans to improve the aircraft with a series of modifications, a number of which were requested by the West German defense ministry (AW&ST Sept. 17, p. 25).

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Management

USAF to Boost Funding for Research

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Business Flying

Gulfstream 3s to Patrol Danish Waters

Savannah —Royal Danish air force will use its Gulfstream American Gulfstream 3s primarily for fishery inspection, but the three aircraft will be configured to meet many other mission demands (AW&ST July 9, p. 23). The number of aircraft offered for the role of maritime surveillance has been increasing in the past year, with aircraft manufacturers showing either by brochure or demonstration the capabilities of their aircraft.

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Management

Northrop Files Lawsuit on F-18

Complaint charges McDonnell Douglas is trying to deprive Northrop of production work on domestic, export versions

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Air Transport

Third Quarter Earnings Plunge

Survey of 10 trunks finds expenses outpace revenue gain; earnings fall to $100 million from 1978’s $558 million

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Management

General Dynamics Offers CF-16 Offsets

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Space Technology

Kennedy Center Starts Shuttle Stacking

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Avionics

Shift to Millimeter Wave in Space Seen

Washington —Next generation of tactical military communication satellites, designed to provide jam-resistant service to mobile users with small terminals, almost certainly will operate in the millimeter-wave part of the spectrum and will use onboard signal processing rather than simply retransmitting received signals (AW&ST Sept. 10, p. 76).

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