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August 22, 1983

Space Technology

Shuttle Mission 8, Set for Night Launch, Will Verify Tdrs Operation

Aviation Week Pilot Report: DC-8 Series 72

Reengined Dc-8 Transports Achieve Fuel Savings, High Performance

Argentine Aerospace

Naval Air Seeks Growth, Improvement

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Space Technology

Shuttle Mission 8, Set for Night Launch, Will Verify Tdrs Operation

Washington—Shuttle Mission 8, set for the program’s first night launch Aug. 30, will be pivotal in checkout of the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite and verification that the orbiter’s manipulator arm can handle large and heavy payloads.

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Aviation Week Pilot Report: DC-8 Series 72

Reengined Dc-8 Transports Achieve Fuel Savings, High Performance

Long Beach, Calif.—McDonnell Douglas DC-8-70 family of transports, Series 60 aircraft reengined with General Electric/Snecma CFM56 high-bypass ratio turbofan engines, is meeting performance and fuel efficiency objectives while achieving the low noise levels that will permit them to continue operating under stiffer government noise regulations.

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Argentine Aerospace

Naval Air Seeks Growth, Improvement

Bahia Blanca, Argentina—Size and capabilities of Argentina’s naval air arm will increase with the attainment of six goals established by its new commander, Rear Adm. Maximo Rivero Kelly. Modernization of the naval air forces has been a continuing priority of the Navy, but the U. S. embargo on militaryrelated equipment and tight military budget restraints within the country have slowed the acquisition of newer technology aircraft and weapons.

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Air Transport

People Express Improving London Route Procedures

Newark, N. J.—People Express is streamlining its reservations system and boarding procedures to maintain its on-time performance to meet the challenge of passenger response to its new low-fare Newark-London transatlantic service.

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Business Flying

Embraer Expands Its Facilities for Two New Aircraft

Sao Jose dos Campos—Embraer is expanding its engineering and production facilities here to meet the demands of two new aircraft programs and sustaining existing production lines for three aircraft. The Brazilian aircraft manufacturer is in the process of adding engineering and production space and staff to support the EMB-120 Brasilia commuter aircraft and the AMX strike fighter.

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Air Transport

Officials Criticize Essential Service Program

House unit hears testimony that plan to assure air links to medium-sized towns is unreliable in California’s central valley

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Air Transport

Smoke Detector Issue Raised at Hearing on Dc-9 Fire

Ft. Mitchell, Ky.—Installation of smoke detectors on transport aircraft became an issue during the National Transportation Safety Board’s hearing into the cause of an inflight fire on board an Air Canada McDonnell Douglas DC-9 on June 2.

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Space Technology

Nasa to Store Columbia for Two Years

Washington—Space shuttle orbiter Columbia, which flew the first five missions in the program, will be retired from service for two years because of B-1 strategic bomber/orbiter production at Rockwell International affecting Columbia modifications and a need to cannibalize Columbia parts for orbiter production and flight operations.

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Aeronautical Engineering

Fly-by-light Unit Nears Software Test

Philadelphia—Hardware fabrication and component testing of a fly-by-light control system designed and developed by Boeing Vertol Co. is leading the Army’s advanced digital optical control system (ADOCS) program toward critical software verification and validation tests.

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Avionics

Sita Evolving International Data Network

New York—The continuing modernization program that is transforming SITA’s international communications system into a worldwide data processing network is enabling the cooperative organization to offer advanced computer-supported services to its 248 airline members in 154 countries.

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