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November 26, 1984

SAFETY

Faa Cites Over 50 Violations in Grounding South Pacific Island Airways

BUSINESS FLYING/AVIATION WEEK PILOT REPORT

1900's Speed, Range, Payload Enhance Scheduling Flexibility

MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY

Semi-automated Plant Enhances Quality, Cuts Manufacturing Cost

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SAFETY

Faa Cites Over 50 Violations in Grounding South Pacific Island Airways

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BUSINESS FLYING/AVIATION WEEK PILOT REPORT

1900's Speed, Range, Payload Enhance Scheduling Flexibility

Washington—Beech Aircraft's 1900 Airliner is a 19-passenger aircraft with speed, range, payload and dispatch reliability factors that allow increased flight frequencies and scheduling flexibility in commuter airline operations.

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MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY

Semi-automated Plant Enhances Quality, Cuts Manufacturing Cost

College Station, Tex.—Westinghouse's new semi-automated electronic assembly plant here, equipped with company-developed robotic systems, is demonstrating its ability to enhance quality and cut manufacturing cost of printed circuit board modules—the basic building blocks of all electronic systems.

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AIR TRANSPORT

Major Airlines All Report Profits in Third Quarter

Washington—Each of the 11 U. S. major airlines reported both operating and net profits for the third quarter of 1984, the first quarter all the majors were in the black in both measures in several years. The 11 airlines, classified as majors because their annual revenues exceed $1 billion, reported a combined operating profit of about $766 million for the July-September period, a 56% improvement over the $491.2-million operating profit in the same quarter of 1983.

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SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Congressional Report Attacks Nasa's Justification for Station

Washington—Congressional Office of Technology Assessment questions whether the National Aeronautics and Space Administration has justification for an immediate commitment by Congress to the space station technical concept, related schedule or method of funding as proposed by the agency.

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AVIONICS

General Electric Company-funded Project Yields Vhsic-like Chips

Syracuse, N. Y.—General Electric's company-funded program, aimed at objectives that parallel those of the Defense Dept.'s Very High Speed Integrated Circuit program, is beginning to yield VHSIC-like chips, specially designed for aerospace and defense applications.
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AIR TRANSPORT

Business Traveler Retention Sparks Class Reevaluations

Washington—U. S. airlines, finding increased competition to attract and retain higher-paying business travelers, are reevaluating classes of service and are on the brink of changes related to new seat technologies. New versions of the convertible seat, which permit an airline to shift a row of seats from a three-seat unit in economy class to a two-seat unit in business class, have generated a great amount of interest from airlines.

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SPACE COMMERCIALIZATION

Nasa Formulates Policy to Spur Private Investment

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Space Technology

Palapa, Westar Processed at Nasa Facility

Kennedy Space Center—Palapa-B2 and Westar 6, the two satellites retrieved from orbit by the Discovery crew on shuttle Mission 51-A, were removed from the orbiter's payload bay last week and placed in the Vertical Processing Facility, where they were prepared for refurbishment.

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Management

North Atlantic Assembly Seeks Coordinated R&d Efforts

Brussels—Western nations are wasting at least $25 billion a year in research and development funds through their failure to coordinate research efforts, according to participants in the North Atlantic Assembly meeting here this month.

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