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June 29, 1987

AVIATION WEEK PILOT REPORT

Boeing Evaluating New Control Laws in 7J7 Advanced-Technology Simulator

AIR TRANSPORT

American Commits $225 Million to Upgrade Maintenance Operations

PARIS AIR SHOW

Missile Manufacturers Stress Tailoring of Current Systems

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AVIATION WEEK PILOT REPORT

Boeing Evaluating New Control Laws in 7J7 Advanced-Technology Simulator

Buffalo, N. Y.—The Boeing Commercial Airplane Co. is evaluating side-stick controllers and new control laws for its digital fly-by-wire control system, which could reduce pilot workload and improve safety for its advanced-technology 7J7 transport, planned for introduction in the early 1990s (AW&ST NOV. 17, 1986, p. 81).

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AIR TRANSPORT

American Commits $225 Million to Upgrade Maintenance Operations

Tulsa—American Airlines is in the midst of a $225-million expansion and renovation of its maintenance and engineering operations that is designed both to fix problems uncovered in a 1985 federal inspection and to build capability for a fleet that will nearly double by 1991.

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PARIS AIR SHOW

Missile Manufacturers Stress Tailoring of Current Systems

Le Bourget—U. S. missile manufacturers are stressing modifications of proven systems tailored to meet the needs of individual clients to capture larger shares of the international market. McDonnell Douglas is working on standoff land attack versions and coastal defense versions of its Harpoon antiship missile and on improved versions of the shoulder-fired Dragon antitank weapon.

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PARIS AIR SHOW

Beech, Piaggio Weigh Market for New Business Aircraft Sales

Le Bourget—Manufacturers of two new-generation business aircraft—the Beech Starship 1 and the Rinaldo Piaggio PD. 180 Avanti—are cautiously eyeing each other’s home markets as potential sources of sales for their respective aircraft, both of which are due to enter operational status in mid-1988.

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AIR TRANSPORT

Manufacturers Discuss Cooperation Despite Aircraft Subsidy Dispute

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AVIONICS

Asr-9 Surveillance Radar Will Track Aircraft, Weather Simultaneously

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Editorial

Le Bourget Retrospective

Now that “the dust has settled” on the Le Bourget Airport exposition center north of Paris, it is appropriate to take a retrospective on the 1987 Paris air show. Anyone who attended this year’s show, the wettest in recent history, knows that the reference to “settling dust” probably is not the best figure of speech to describe the closing of the event, given the succession of rain storms that drenched the Paris region during the 10-day exposition.

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EUROPEAN AIR DEFENSE

Allies Approach Agreement on Joint a Tm Programs

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PARIS AIR SHOW

Helicopter Displays at Paris Focus on Military Requirements

Le Bourget—Military requirements for antitank, combat support and utility rotary wing aircraft brought a wide range of military and derivative commercial helicopters to this year’s Paris air show. A lack of civilian helicopters was noticeable again from the flight line here as world helicopter manufacturers continue to look for increased military sales and cooperative development programs to offset soft civilian markets.

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Aeronautical Engineering

Ames Wind Tunnel to Reopen After Sevenyear Shutdown

Mountain View, Calif.—A model of a portion of the Bell-Boeing V-22 tilt-rotor aircraft is scheduled to enter the 40 × 80-ft. wind tunnel at NASA’s Ames Research Center here in August—the first test article in a two-year backlog of projects that accumulated while the facility was being improved.

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