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April 11, 1983

Aviation Week Pilot Report

Integrated Systems Evaluated on F-15

Management

Soviet Designer Criticizes Slow Growth

Space Technology

Loss of Tdrs-a Averted By Joint Action

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Aviation Week Pilot Report

Integrated Systems Evaluated on F-15

Edwards AFB, Calif.—U. S. Air Force is assessing the cost and scheduling requirements associated with the incorporation of integrated flight and fire control systems in its McDonnell Douglas F-15 and General Dynamics F-16 fighters following the successful demonstration of a prototype integrated flight/fire control (IFFC) system on an F-15 test aircraft.

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Management

Soviet Designer Criticizes Slow Growth

In a country like this with its tremendous natural riches, growing power industry and united state planning, under conditions of mature socialism, labor productivity ought to have been growing at rates unprecedented in the world. But it “is growing at rates which can not satisfy us” as Yuri Vladimirovich Andropov said in his speech at the plenary meeting on Nov. 22, 1982.
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Space Technology

Loss of Tdrs-a Averted By Joint Action

Johnson Space Center—Swift and coordinated action at three control centers, including transmittal of commands in the blind to a spacecraft that engineers believed was already dead, saved the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite TDRS-A and averted a significant setback to the U. S. space program.

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Air Transport

Federal Express Plans Regional Hubs

Memphis—Federal Express Corp., reacting to growing competition from other small-package and overnight letter delivery companies, is scheduled to launch this month a $ 100-million aircraft acquisition program, purchasing two new types of aircraft to create a regional delivery huband-feeder system.

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Management

Iraq, Iran Acquiring Chinese-built Fighters

Iraqis receiving their F-7s and F-6s through Egypt and Jordan, while Iranians are being supplied by North Korea

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Aeronautical Engineering

Icing Tankers Aid Aircraft Certification

Edwards AFB, Calif.—All-weather development and certification flight testing of military and civilian aircraft under simulated icing conditions is being aided by new and updated airborne icing tanker systems that create an artificial cloud with water content and droplet size approximating that of a natural cloud.

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Air Transport

Overwater Rule Extension Sought

Boeing, Airbus hold discussions with FAA, ICAO to ease twin-engine restrictions; pilot groups mount opposition

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Space Technology

Challenger Launch Proves Advanced Main Engines

Kennedy Space Center—Liftoff of shuttle Mission 6 here Apr. 4 provided flight test verification of the orbiter Challenger and other new launch elements. The new vehicle’s uprated main engines, lighter tank and lighter solid rocket boosters bring significant additional payload capability to the shuttle program.
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Manufacturing Technology

Fokker to Expand Carbon Fiber Work

Hoogeveen, Netherlands—Fokker expects to begin work this month on its second large carbon composite project, landing gear doors for Airbus Industrie A310 and A300-600s. Work will be done in the structural composites plant, which opened here last September.

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Business Flying

Mooney Developing Pressurized M30

New York—Mooney Aircraft is strengthening its position among general aviation manufacturers before the mid-1980s by development of its pressurized, six-place M30 aircraft, offering a trainer to the military market and making improvements to its two current aircraft.

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