May 16, 1983

Departmental

Aerospace Calendar

Editorial

Thoughts While Flying Again

Departmental

Who’s Where

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Departmental

Aerospace Calendar

May 23-25—42nd Annual International Conference on Mass Properties Engineering, Society of Allied Engineers, Sheraton-Anaheim Hotel, Anaheim, Calif. Contact: Frank Fong, (714) 847-5135. May 24-26—37th Annual Quality Congress, American Society for Quality Control, Sheraton Boston, Boston, Mass. Theme: Quality— A Management Commitment.
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Editorial

Thoughts While Flying Again

Managers, designers, even editors who deal with airplanes can get into a sedentary rut. They ought to get out and fly as part of the crew in the product they are working with as a mental stimulation counterpart to a 5-mi. run. The trouble is that opportunities to do just that are excruciatingly rare or nonexistent for the deskbound.

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Departmental

Who’s Where

Jefferson Z. Amacker has joined Leach Corp., Buena Park, Calif., as president and chief executive officer; formerly, he was general manager of the Inertial Div. of Systran Donner Corp. K. K. Bigelow appointed vice president for Washington affairs; Kenneth Jarmolow named vice president of research and development for Martin Marietta Corp., Bethesda, Md.
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Departmental

Industry Observer

Jet Propulsion Laboratory has issued noncompetitive requests for proposals on the planned Venus Radar Mapper project to Hughes Aircraft Co. and Martin Marietta. Hughes and Martin Marietta previously had been selected to develop the synthetic aperture radar and spacecraft, respectively, on the earlier Venus Orbiting Imaging Radar program.
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Washington Roundup

IUS Flight Test Failure analysis on the U. S. Air Force/Boeing inertial upper stage that placed the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite TDRS-A in the wrong orbit shows the booster had so many problems that NASA is studying launch of a shuttle with an IUS test booster carrying a dummy payload before committing another TDRS spacecraft to the upper stage. Marshall Space Flight Center has been asked to study the possibility of flying a test IUS to reverify the booster’s performance. Multiple software problems and thrust vector control difficulties are being viewed as a likely cause of the Apr. 5 second stage failure following deployment from the orbiter Challenger. NASA hopes if a test mission is flown it could be launched within the next 6-10 months. The only shuttle missions available to fly a test are Mission 8 in August, which was to carry an IUS/TDRS; Mission 10 in November, and Mission 12 in early 1984.

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Management

USAF Seeks Industry Wage Limits

Defense Dept. backs Air Force task force effort on weapons expenditures by focusing on industry salaries and bonuses Washington—U. S. Air Force is taking the lead, with support from Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger, to lower costs of weapon systems by controlling as far as possible the largest line item—wages, salaries and bonuses.

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Navy Chooses Citation 2 for Navigation Trainer Role

Cessna Aircraft’s modified Citation 2 (above) was selected late last week by the U. S. Navy as its navigation trainer aircraft. Gates Learjet’s Model 35 (below), with the radar antenna located in the left tip tank, was the other finalist in the competition. Cessna will supply approximately 15 aircraft under a $159.4-million turnkey service contract to operate from the service’s training facility located in Pensacola, Fla. Modifications that have been made to the corporate Citation 2 aircraft for the Navy role include the installation of Pratt & Whitney of Canada JT15D-5 turbofan engines and a shortened wing with extended leading edge devices.
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Management

Orr Targets Costs of Labor, Executive Pay for Scrutiny

Washington—Air Force Secretary Verne Orr last fall set off the Air Force campaign to reduce costs of weapon systems, targeting wages and executive compensation as a prime area for investigation. He told his assistant secretary for financial management, Russell D. Hale:
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Army Fires Tenth Pershing 2 at White Sands

Tenth flight in the Army/Martin Marietta Pershing 2 missile engineering development program was conducted successfully May 6 at White Sands Missile Range, N. M., following a one-week delay because of a failure in a timing circuit of the missile’s integrated electronics unit. The single-stage missile, scheduled originally to be tested Apr. 29, was fired from a mobile erector launcher in a test designed to evaluate missile accuracy (AW&ST May 9, p. 11). Post-test analysis showed the missile struck the target area with required accuracy, according to project officials.
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Aviquipo Purchased

Los Angeles—Lear Siegler, Inc., has acquired Aviquipo, Inc., an export distributor for aerospace ground equipment, aircraft lighting systems, oxygen and crew survival equipment and other aircraft system components under a cash agreement with TigerAir, Inc.
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