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October 10, 1983

Aviation Week Pilot Report

Embraer Seeks Xingu 2 Improvements

Space Technology

Spacelab 1 to Establish Scientific Utility

Space Technology

Explosion, Leak Cripple Salyut 7 Effort

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Aviation Week Pilot Report

Embraer Seeks Xingu 2 Improvements

Sao Jose dos Campos—Embraer’s Xingu 2 exhibits slower cruise speeds and less precise handling characteristics than comparable corporate turboprop aircraft, but the company expects to correct these performance characteristics in the Xingu 3.

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Space Technology

Spacelab 1 to Establish Scientific Utility

Huntsville, Ala.—Shuttle/Spacelab 1 mission will involve 24-hr. orbital science operations, more spacecraft maneuvers than any previous U. S. mission and high real-time data requirements that will be a challenge to both the flight crew and ground personnel.

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Space Technology

Explosion, Leak Cripple Salyut 7 Effort

Washington—The explosion of a Soviet booster preparing to launch two cosmonauts from the Tyuratam launch site Sept. 27 and a serious propellant leak Sept. 9 on Salyut 7 that crippled the space station are the most serious Soviet space program setbacks since the death of three cosmonauts 12 years ago during a reentry accident.

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Aeronautical Engineering

Competition Mounts Over Lhx Contract

Dallas—Competition for a $40-billion program to replace most existing Army helicopters has increased as airframe manufacturers seek better definition for the light helicopter experimental (LHX) program from the Army. The Defense Resources Board, which met recently to review all helicopter programs at the request of Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Thayer, decided funding for the LHX in Fiscal 1985 will remain in the advanced development stage, rather than move to a new Defense Dept. budget category, which would increase commitment to the program.
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Air Transport

E-systems Plans Fss Update for 1988

Dallas—Software problems that initially put the automated flight service station program 18 months behind schedule are being solved quickly enough to allow completion on schedule, E-Systems officials said here last week. The original 1988 completion date for the second, most advanced phase of flight service station modernization that will utilize full computer graphics for weather chart displays is still the target date, according to Eaton Adams, Jr., vice president of E-Systems for information systems.

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Business Flying

New Aircraft Set Corporate Pace

National Business Aircraft Assn. views new turboprop designs as builders watch for turnaround in market

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Air Transport

Air Florida Revamping Operations

Commuter airline interlining network, service and fleet changes under way to improve carrier finances

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Aeronautical Engineering

Agusta Testing Low-cost A129 Antitank Helicopter

Milan—Agusta has designed its new A129 Mongoose as a lightweight, low-cost antitank helicopter to operate in a central European battlefield, at a price that would make it marketable to third world countries. The A129, which flew for the first time Sept. 15 at Agusta’s Caseina Costa facility (AW&ST Sept. 26, p. 27), is expected to be sold for $3.5-3.8 million in 1983 dollars, according to Gilberto Bologna, A129 program manager.

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Air Transport

Unions Attack Continental, Eastern Moves

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Business Flying

Turnaround in Corporate Aircraft Sales Forecast

Dallas—Sales of business aircraft have turned up moderately in the last month and the cutbacks in corporate flight departments and flying hours during-the recession are showing signs of ending. Those changes in trends, as well as the new mark in attendance of 14,000 set at the 36th National Business Aircraft Assn. meeting here last week, were signals that the two-year decline in business aircraft sales may be ready to reverse direction.

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