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July 21, 1997

HEADLINE NEWS

Russia, U.S. Scramble To Revise Mir Repair

AIR TRANSPORT

Flight Tests Target TWA 800 Explosion

AIR TRANSPORT

NTSB Faults Pilots In Fatal DC-8 Crash

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HEADLINE NEWS

Russia, U.S. Scramble To Revise Mir Repair

Major power disruption and Russian commander's health set back Mir repairs; U.S. astronaut readied for EVA

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AIR TRANSPORT

Flight Tests Target TWA 800 Explosion

NTSB tests could reveal clues about what caused the blast in the 747-100's center fuel tank

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AIR TRANSPORT

NTSB Faults Pilots In Fatal DC-8 Crash

DALLAS Inappropriate stall recovery control inputs and the flight crew’s failure to correct them led to the crash of an Airborne Express DC-8-63 near Narrows, Va., last December that killed all six occupants of the aircraft, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.

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AEROSPACE BUSINESS

Applied Aerospace Expands Through Diversification

STOCKTON, CALIF. Demand across its diverse product lines of lightweight composite and metallic structures has pulled Applied Aerospace Structures Corp. into a strong growth period two years after it became independent of BP Chemicals.

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AEROSPACE BUSINESS

Merger Wave to Hit Suppliers Unevenly

NEW YORK Vendors, already under tremendous pressure due to ongoing consolidation among their customers, will be squeezed even harder as the number of systems integrators continues to shrink. Working its way through the regulatory process is Raytheon’s proposed acquisition of Hughes Electronics’ defense business. Soon to follow will be Lockheed Martin’s proposed acquisition of Northrop Grumman (AW&ST July 14, p. 63).

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AEROSPACE BUSINESS

GEC Alliance With Alenia Kicks Off New Strategy

London The General Electric Co. of the U.K. is laying the groundwork to better position itself for the inevitable consolidation of the aerospace/defense industry in Europe. The British company is entering into a broad alliance with Finmeccanica of Italy to cooperate on defense products and R&D, the first step in GEC’s new strategic plan to expand its defense business through partnerships and acquisitions, which could eventually lead to even bigger deals.

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CESSNA SKYHAWK PILOT REPORT

Cessna Debuts Upgraded 172

After a 10-year hiatus, Cessna reenters the light aircraft market with its next-generation Skyhawk

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CESSNA SKYHAWK PILOT REPORT

Cessna Boosting Light Aircraft Production

Independence, Kan. Cessna’s single-engine production facility currently employs between 850-900 people, and is scheduled to reach 1,000 workers by the end of this year to handle increasing demand for new Skyhawk and Skylane aircraft. Contractors finished construction of the complex, which cost $40 million, on July 3, 1996, and Cessna began moving in tooling and equipment within two weeks.
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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Alenia Launches C-27J With Lockheed Martin

PARIS Alenia Aerospazio is on track to deliver in 2000 the first C-27J Spartan twin-turboprop military transport, one of several international efforts the Italian company has underway to expand its business base. Last month, Lockheed Martin Aenia Tactical Transport Systems (LMATTS) finalized the C-27J’s design and launched the program.

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AVIONICS

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