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Aviation Technical Support to produce quiet nacelles for 707s.

Gatwick--Representatives of 18 British, European and third-world airline operators of Boeing 707 aircraft attended a briefing here by Aviation Technical Support Inc. (ATS) at which the Waco, Tex.-based aerospace company laid out in some detail its plans for a noise reduction nacelle on Pratt & Whitney JT3D-3B engines to enable 707s to come within Stage II noise standards of FAR Part 36, due to come into force in the U.S. from Jan. 1, 1985.

The ATS program is "off and running," with a $22 million contract placed with Gulfstream Aerospace for up to 85 707 nacelles initially, and firm contracts for 24 ship sets so far. Each ship set will cost $2.65 million, an increase on the previously stated figure of $2.5 million to take account of certification costs with the FAA. ATS executives here said they do not foresee any further price rises, unless there is a new recessionary cycle in the U.S. Certification is planned for October this year, with the first eight ship sets ready by December, and 15 by February 1985--although ATS is talking with Gulfstream about increasing production to 14 sets by year-end.

The ATS noise reduction nacelle follows on work carried out by the Wichita division of The Boeing Company under a contract placed in June 1971 by the FAA designed to develop, fabricate and test quiet nacelles for the 707. …

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