April 6, 1964

MANAGEMENT

Delay Expected in German Vtol Decision

EQUIPMENT

Usaf Seeking Improved Reconnaissance Aids to Conduct Demanding New Missions

AVIONICS

Panel Appraises Outlook for Microcircuits

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MANAGEMENT

Delay Expected in German Vtol Decision

Bonn—Final technical decision in the long-debated West German competition for the standard turbine-powered medium helicopter required by its three armed services, and expected to provide much-needed work for important segments of its industry, probably will be postponed until at least June 1.

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EQUIPMENT

Usaf Seeking Improved Reconnaissance Aids to Conduct Demanding New Missions

Shaw AFB, S. C.—Air Force’s Tactical Air Reconnaissance Center—established here less than a year ago—is working to overcome more than a decade of relative neglect during which improvements in tactical reconnaissance equipment have not kept pace with aircraft developments and mission requirements.

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AVIONICS

Panel Appraises Outlook for Microcircuits

New York-Improved design and fabrication techniques should yield semiconductor and thin film microeircuitry which can perform 80% of all circuit functions in avionic and military electronic equipment by 1973, providing a potential market which will approach or might even exceed $1 billion annually.

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Design Study Shows Zero-g Space Station Potentialities

Los Angeles—Preliminary design study of a large 24-man zero-gravity space station has shown that if man can live in a weightless environment, an orbiting laboratory can be built, launched into orbit and operated for five years within the framework of existing technology at a cost of $2.777 billion.

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BUSINESS FLYING

Ge Seeks Company Pilot Views in Defining Cf700 Engine Loan, Overhaul Programs

Lynn, Mass.—Opinions of corporate pilots are being used to define the overhaul and engine loan programs which General Electric’s Small Engine Div. plans to offer with its 4,200-lb.-thrust CF700-2B turbofan powerplant. Groups of pilots are being brought to the General Electric engine facility here for day-long discussions of the engine and its associated programs.

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SPECIAL REPORTS

South Vietnamese Raiders Extending War

Saigon—War against the Communists already has erupted over the borders of South Vietnam in hit-and-run guerrilla raids and infiltration moves as far north as China, setting the stage for large-scale movements against Viet Cong insurgents.

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AIR TRANSPORT

Carriers Changing Pilot Qualifications

New York—Increasing need for pilots is causing airlines to revise their qualifications to attract acceptable trainees and is stimulating more talk about eventual hiring and training of inexperienced personnel directly from college campuses (AW Mar. 30, p. 33).

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SPECIAL REPORTS

Alaska Aviation Reacts Rapidly to Quake

Anchorage, Alaska—Military and civil aviation in .Alaska responded to the earthquake emergency with precision that reflected a high state of readiness, achieved through a prophetic rehearsal and the rigors of everyday flying that are considered normal here.

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AIR TRANSPORT

Heavy Sst Financial Role Seen for Dod

Funding study committee, President’s A-ll reference viewed as indicative of joint civil-military program.

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SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Focus of Lem Effort Shifts to Detailed Refinements

Bethpage, N. Y.—Completion of the first full-scale mockup of the Apollo Lunar Excursion Module (LEM) marks the transition from preliminary planning to detailed refinements. It paves the way toward final design configuration review and release of production tooling orders this fall.

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