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October 11, 1999

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FAA’s Budget Fate Remains Uncertain

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Europe-Wide ATC Strategy Urged By IATA

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Station Tugs, Fly-Back Boosters Pitched at IAF

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FAA’s Budget Fate Remains Uncertain

WASHINGTON The Senate has cleared a three-year, multibillion-dollar FAA reauthorization bill that includes the phaseout of some slot controls, but HouseSenate differences put the bill’s fate in doubt. After a year of operating under a disruptive series of short-term budget extensions, the FAA and the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) would be funded through 2002 by the Senate bill.

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Europe-Wide ATC Strategy Urged By IATA

Says governments must act quickly in adopting reforms to stem an alarming rise in air traffic-related delays

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Station Tugs, Fly-Back Boosters Pitched at IAF

AMSTERDAM New space tugs to service the International Space Station and liquid fly-back boosters intended to bridge the gap between expendable and next-generation reusable launchers were proposed at the annual International Astronautical Foundation (IAF) convention last week.

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Hill Funds FAA with Slim Hike

WASHINGTON Congress has sent President Clinton a multiyear, $50-billion Transportation appropriations bill that boosts FAA funds and airport upgrades, but zeroes out general revenues in support of the FAA’s annual budget. The final version of the bill also addresses two major policy issues.

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Merger Pact Requires Avionics Divestitures

NEW YORK The U.S. Justice Dept., as expected, will require AlliedSignal and Honeywell to divest certain avionics businesses as a precondition to approving their proposed merger. But analysts believe the combined company that emerges will still be exceptionally strong in that market.

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Dual Failure Drops Drone Near Barstow

LOS ANGELES Aurora Flight Sciences’ Perseus B drone suffered a failure of both its flight control and flight termination systems on Oct. 1 and crashed on an interstate highway near Barstow, Calif. The 2,000-lb. aircraft only had elevator control in a circling descent from 49,000 ft., and it was a matter of luck that it didn’t strike more populated areas of the city.

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Darpa Selects Mach 6+ Missile

WASHINGTON With interest mounting within the Defense Dept. in hypersonic weapons, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has decided to back Boeing’s Waverider design rather than the company’s dual combustion ramjet approach.

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Intercept Boosts Nmd Design

WASHINGTON Despite the successful intercept of an ICBM warhead by the National Missile Defense system’s exoatmospheric kill vehicle, Pentagon officials believe it is too early to declare victory with the EKV’s design. The Raytheon EKV destroyed a reentry vehicle target in its first hit-to-kill intercept attempt earlier this month.

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Study Calls for New USAF Jamming Aircraft

Washington A study of how to improve airborne electronic warfare recommends that the U.S. Air Force buy a new jamming aircraft, elevate EW investments on a par with stealth and reorganize acquisition and operations of these esoteric skills.

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Intelsat to U.S.: We Might Leave

Amsterdam The effort to form an International Space Transportation Assn, has fizzled in the wake of the U.S. government’s introduction of tougher satellite export controls, but the space industry may see Washington get a comeuppance of sorts: Intelsat is threatening to pull its headquarters out of the U.S. capital.

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