In Partnership With

May 18, 1987

AEROSPACE FORUM

Whose Aviation Policy Is This?

STRATEGIC DEFENSE INITIATIVE

Physicists Assess Laser Lethality for Ballistic Missile Defense Role

Air Transport

A320 Fly-by-wire Controls Pass Basic Flight Testing

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AEROSPACE FORUM

Whose Aviation Policy Is This?

At the beginning of the 1980s, U. S. aviation policy was based on the notion that removing the shackles of regulation and allowing airlines to compete freely would further the national interest. Today, deregulation is pursued when it serves the interests of major airlines, and ignored when it does not.
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STRATEGIC DEFENSE INITIATIVE

Physicists Assess Laser Lethality for Ballistic Missile Defense Role

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Air Transport

A320 Fly-by-wire Controls Pass Basic Flight Testing

Toulouse, France—Airbus Industrie has completed the basic flight test development and verification work on the fly-by-wire flight controls for its A320 transport as Airbus accelerates its program toward certification of the twin-engine aircraft early next year.

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Space Technology

Atlas Accident Inquiry Board Finds Violation of Launch Commit Criteria

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AIR TRANSPORT

Boeing Financing of United Orders Reflects Stiffening Competition

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Management

Panel Finds Defense Policies Erode U. S. Technology Base

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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Combined Test Force Evaluates Upgrades for U. S., Foreign F-16s

Edwards AFB, Calif.—Flight test programs associated with USAF/General Dynamics F-16 upgrades, new specialized mission applications and foreign military sales are generating more F-16 flight hours than were flown here during the aircraft’s full-scale development 10 years ago.

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MISSILE ENGINEERING

Usaf Plans Single Launch Control Facility for First Small Icbm Force

Norton AFB, Calif.—A single launch control facility is being planned for primary control of the small intercontinental ballistic missile (SICBM) system at Malmstrom AFB, Mont., rather than the multiple launch control center approach used for the Minuteman and MX programs.

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Air Transport

Congressional Battle Shapes Up Over Aviation Trust Fund Use

Washington—Congressional efforts intensified last week to release Aviation Trust Fund money for critically needed airport and airway projects, but proponents faced a summer-long battle to obtain full appropriations under current budget restrictions.

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Avionics

Lockheed-georgia Seeking Major Role in Adi Development

Marietta, Ga.—Lockheed-Georgia is positioning itself to take a significant role in the development of Air Defense Initiative systems, primarily the airborne platform and an airborne antenna for an advanced phased-array radar. Lockheed expects to propose its C-130 or a derivative as the airborne platform, and the company has allied itself with nearly every potential bidder in the coming ADI radar competition.

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