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June 8, 1987

AVIATION WEEK PILOT REPORT

Agusta A129 Marks European Entry Into 1990s Combat Helicopter Design

SAFETY

Military Air Accident Rates Parallel 1986’s Low Levels

BUSINESS FLYING

Air Force Exploits Speed, Range Of Gulfstream C-20 in VIP Role

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AVIATION WEEK PILOT REPORT

Agusta A129 Marks European Entry Into 1990s Combat Helicopter Design

Cascina Costa, Italy—Agusta Group has completed tests aimed at exploring the full flight envelope of its new A129 Mangusta light attack helicopter and now is focusing on refining the A129’s integrated mission equipment package in preparation for initial production deliveries to the Italian army early next year.

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SAFETY

Military Air Accident Rates Parallel 1986’s Low Levels

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BUSINESS FLYING

Air Force Exploits Speed, Range Of Gulfstream C-20 in VIP Role

Andrews AFB, Md.—The Special Air Missions group of the U. S. Air Force’s 89th Military Airlift Wing is exploiting the speed and range of its seven Gulfstream Aerospace C-20A/Bs for its domestic VIP transport mission, and is using the aircraft to replace more expensive McDonnell Douglas C-9 and Boeing C-135/137 transports on certain international trips.

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AVIONICS

High Cost of Aircraft Avionics Threatens U. S. Defense Capability

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Satellite Communications

Severe Drop in Satellite Orders Follows 1986 Launch Failures

Washington—Communications satellite orders have dropped to the lowest point since the launch accidents of 1986, with only one order for two satellites placed in the U. S. so far this year, according to U. S. satellite builders. NASA and the Air Force are hard at work on launch recovery programs to return their space operations to normal.

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AIR TRANSPORT

Switzerland’s Crossair Considers Purchase of Stretched Saab SF340

Paris—Swiss regional carrier Crossair is considering the acquisition of Saab’s proposed SF340 stretched transport, and a set of specifications for the new aircraft has been submitted to the Swedish airframe manufacturer by the airline.

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Management

Defense Dept. Plans to Study Earth-Penetrating Nuclear Weapons

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Editorial

Israel at the Crossroads

As it moves into its 40th year as a nation, Israel faces a complex set of challenges that are interwoven with the country’s primary preoccupation—maintaining the sanctity of its borders and the safety of its citizens while exploring methods of achieving lasting peace with neighboring Arab states.

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Aeronautical Engineering

Navy to Exploit V-22’s VTOL, Range in Hunting Arctic Subs

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AIR TRANSPORT

Jet A Fuel Price Increase Erodes Airline Cost Advantage

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