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November 28, 1983

Aeronautical Engineering

Usaf Reviews Progress of New Fighter Program

Manufacturing Technology

Dutch to Test New Structural Material

Aviation Week Pilot Report

Sherpa Focuses on Cargo Versatility

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Aeronautical Engineering

Usaf Reviews Progress of New Fighter Program

Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio—Air Force Aeronautical Systems Div. here is assessing industry’s progress and initial technological approaches to Advanced Tactical Fighter conceptual designs. Seven airframe companies are competing under contract in the conceptual design phase for the new fighter, which could evolve into a $4-billion development effort.

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Manufacturing Technology

Dutch to Test New Structural Material

Delft, Netherlands—Delft University of Technology will begin testing aircraft structures built with special aluminum/aramid material called Arall (aramid-rein-forced aluminum laminate) next month. Arall, which was developed in the university’s Dept. of Aerospace Engineering, provides most of the benefits of aluminum alloys and composite materials while offering a 30-40% weight reduction compared with aluminum alloys.

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Aviation Week Pilot Report

Sherpa Focuses on Cargo Versatility

Washington—Short Brothers Sherpa incorporates the airframe and performance of the Shorts SD 330 but offers both military and commercial operators a versatile light cargo aircraft with the potential for carrying up to 30 passengers.

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Aeronautical Engineering

Soviets Deploying New Fighters

New interceptor, follow-on to MiG-25 Foxbat, is in regimental service; MiG-29, Su-27 fighters to be operational next spring

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Air Transport

Cargo Gains 41% on North Atlantic

Healthy passenger boardings, surge in westbound freight traffic precede moves for increased tariffs on the route

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Management

U. S., Germany Discuss Air Defense Plan

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Avionics

Digital Systems Cut Fuel Burn, Maintenance Costs

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Avionics

Advances Forecast in Crystal Oscillators

Washington—A U. S. Army evaluation has shown that the state of the art in temperature-compensated crystal oscillators (TCXOs) falls significantly short of the precision required for some new systems, according to J. R. Vig, chief of the frequency control branch, Army Electronics Technology and Devices Laboratory, Ft. Monmouth, N. J.

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Aeronautical Engineering

British Nimrod Mk. 3 Aew Enters Final Development

Manchester, England—British Aerospace Nimrod Mk. 3 airborne early warning aircraft is entering the final year of its development and test program, and the company expects to deliver the first aircraft to the British Royal Air Force by the end of 1984.

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Air Transport

South Pacific Airlines Gear for Mainland Travel Gains

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