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August 3, 1987

Aviation Week Pilot Report

Improved Vtol Performance of Tav-8b Adds Realism to Attack Force Training

Air Transport

Lorenzo Again Faces Problems at Helm of Continental Airlines

Air Transport

Industry Officials See Obstacles to Airbus’ Drive to Share Risks

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Aviation Week Pilot Report

Improved Vtol Performance of Tav-8b Adds Realism to Attack Force Training

Quantico, Va.—U. S. Marine Corps/McDonnell Douglas-British Aerospace two-seat TAV-8B Harrier 2 aircraft now entering service have the performance required to conduct realistic training for pilots who will man the single-seat squadrons in the Marines’ all-Harrier light attack force.

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Air Transport

Lorenzo Again Faces Problems at Helm of Continental Airlines

Houston—Texas Air Corp. Chairman Frank Lorenzo has taken over the helm of Continental Airlines for the second time in four years, again at a critical time in its combative post-deregulation history. In September, 1983, shortly before Continental filed for protection under Chapter 11 of the bankruptcy laws, Lorenzo replaced Stephen Wolf as president of Continental less than 10 months after Wolf joined the airline (AW&ST Sept. 26, 1983, p. 45).

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Air Transport

Industry Officials See Obstacles to Airbus’ Drive to Share Risks

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Management

Mesa Purchase of Boeing Stock Highlights Industry Pressures

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Management

Navy Deploys Helicopters to Counter Gulf Mine Threat

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Space Technology

Soviets Launch Massive Earth Survey Platform

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Propulsion Technology

Rolls Developing Increased-thrust Rb211 Versions for Future Transports

Derby, England—Rolls-Royce is continuing development of larger, more powerful versions of the RB211 engine family to meet the current and evolving future propulsion requirements of aircraft manufacturers and operators. The company is working toward certifying the 58,000-lb.-thrust RB211-524D4D in 1988 for use on the Boeing 747-400 and will decide later this year whether to proceed with another derivative, the RB211700 (AW&ST Mar. 30, p. 36).

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Avionics

Nasa Tests Electro-expulsive Deicer That Could Protect F/a-18 Engines

Washington—NASA’s Ames Research Center is testing a new electro-expulsive deicing system, which the Navy may pioneer to protect the McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 aircraft engines from foreign object damage caused by ice ingestion. The system uses an electro-expulsive deicer boot.

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ALLIED CODEVELOPMENT

General Dynamics Proposes F-16 Upgrade for 1990s

Washington—General Dynamics Corp. has submitted an unsolicited offer to the Air Force for an upgraded version of the F-16 called the Agile Falcon that could be produced jointly with the four European nations already participating in the F-16 program.

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Space Technology

Space Station Crew Time Extended to Cut Dependence on Shuttle

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