In Partnership With

May 4, 1987

MANAGEMENT

Demand for Flight Test Training Prompts Ntps to Expand Facilities

SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Fixes to Space Shuttle Hardware, Management Reach Critical Stage

Avionics

Off-the-shelf Civil Components Improve Nontactical Avionics

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MANAGEMENT

Demand for Flight Test Training Prompts Ntps to Expand Facilities

Mojave, Calif.—The National Test Pilot School (NTPS) is expanding its courses and facilities here in response to a growing international demand for trained test pilots and flight test engineers capable of assuming active roles in developing complex military and civil aircraft.

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SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Fixes to Space Shuttle Hardware, Management Reach Critical Stage

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Avionics

Off-the-shelf Civil Components Improve Nontactical Avionics

New York—Installation of off-the-shelf commercial avionics equipment in military aircraft, largely nontactical training and utility types, is producing marked improvements in avionics performance, flexibility and availability, according executives at King Radio Corp., Olathe, Kan., a subsidiary of Allied Bendix Aerospace.

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Space Technology

New Chinese Heavy Rocket Spurs Effort to Win Commercial Launch Contracts

Diagram at left shows the vehicle’s four large side-mounted liquid boosters attached to a stretched Long March 2 core. The core will have an additional four engines. The vehicle will generate 1.24 million lb. of liftoff thrust. The side-mounted boosters do not separate but remain connected during first stage flight.

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AIR TRANSPORT

Ntsb Recommends Limits to Ease Summer Air Traffic Congestion

Washington—Concerns over air traffic congestion have prompted the National Transportation Safety Board to recommend a limit on airline operations during peak summer months and airport executives to propose legislative measures aimed at improving U. S. airport capacity over the long term.

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Air Transport

Atlantic Southeast Expects to Double Service at Dallas/ft. Worth Hub

Atlanta—Atlantic Southeast Airlines’ presence at its new Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport hub will more than double this year when the Atlanta-based Delta Connection carrier adds a dozen cities to its service. ASA opened its Dallas hub on Dec. 15, 1986, and last week its service increased to nine cities with 110 daily flights.

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Space Technology

Pentagon Describes Possible Military Station Experiments

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BUSINESS FLYING

Insurance Companies Spur Increase in Pilot Training

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JAS-39 COMBAT AIRCRAFT

Swedish Air Force Seeks Backing for Increased Gripen Production

Linkoping, Sweden—The Swedish air force is seeking political commitment for an increased rate of production in the 1990s for the new JAS-39 Gripen multirole combat aircraft in order to have eight full squadrons in service by the end of the century.

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Management

House Committee Reduces Defense Budget Further

April 271987 May 111987