August 13, 1984

Safety

Maintenance Cited in Triple-Engine Out

High Technology in Texas

Austin’s Lead in Research Spurs Growth

Air Transport

FAA Centralizes Traffic Control

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Safety

Maintenance Cited in Triple-Engine Out

RB. 211 In-flight Shutdown Experience—The in-flight shutdown (IFSD) rate for RB. 211 engines is monitored daily and reported to the FAA monthly in the Eastern Airlines Fleet Reliability Report. As a result of two Eastern Airlines incidents of fan shaft failures (May 25, 1981, and Sept. 22, 1981) and a similar Delta Air Lines incident on Aug. 10, 1981, flightcrews were told to immediately shut down RB. 211 engines at the first indication of engine vibration on the airborne vibration monitoring system (AVM).
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High Technology in Texas

Austin’s Lead in Research Spurs Growth

Austin, Tex.—High-technology initiatives across Texas include a microelectronics/ computer research center at Austin, a biotechnology and electronics manufacturing center at San Antonio and expanded engineering education to serve aerospace-electronics manufacturers in Dallas and Ft. Worth.

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Air Transport

FAA Centralizes Traffic Control

Move is one of 20 steps to reduce delays; congressmen propose granting agency authority to control scheduling

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Air Transport

Majors’ Operating Profit Shows Tenfold Increase

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Space Technology

Commercial Satcom Rescue Flight Nears Approval

Washington—Launch of a space shuttle mission in November to rescue the $35million Indonesian and Western Union commercial communications spacecraft lost last February is expected to be approved this week by insurance underwriters and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

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Avionics

Hardware Links Key to Computer Speed

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Aeronautical Engineering

C-2A Cost Savings Exceed Forecasts

Bethpage, N. Y.—Projected cost savings from multiyear funding of the Navy/ Grumman C-2A Greyhound reprocurement program are exceeding forecasts as the first of 39 new carrier on-board delivery aircraft nears final assembly. Cost savings estimates by program officials show the C-2A program paring $102 million, an additional $13 million over the expected level of $89 million defined at the time of the contract’s signing with the U. S. Navy in June, 1983.
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Management

SEP Modifying Programs After Merger

Vernon, France—France’s Societe Europeenne de Propulsion (SEP) is modifying program strategies for its propulsion, composites and electronics activities following the company’s government-mandated merger with the French aircraft engine manufacturer Snecma.
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Space Technology

Matra Readies Echography For Flight on Space Shuttle

Paris—France’s Matra is completing work on an echography-Doppler system to be used on the U. S. space shuttle in 1985 for observations of crewmembers during weightlessness, and the company is developing a second-generation version that will allow astronauts to make more detailed studies of the human body during space flight.

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Aeronautical Engineering

Avco Upgrading Its PLT 34 Turboshaft

Stratford, Conn.—Testing and upgrading of the PLT 34 turboshaft engine by Avco Lycoming Stratford Div. is on schedule in anticipation of powerplant performance requirements to be set soon by the U. S. Army for the LHX family of light attack/scout/utility helicopters, program officials said.

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