October 24, 1955

EQUIPMENT

Pneumatics Fade, Hydraulics Gain as Supersonic Power Sources

AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

New Vertiplane Has Conventional Look

AIR TRANSPORT

Obsolete Nav Aids Threaten Prosperity

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EQUIPMENT

Pneumatics Fade, Hydraulics Gain as Supersonic Power Sources

Minneapolis—The days of high-pressure pneumatics as the power source for ancillary systems in supersonic jet aircraft appear to be limited. More and more, designers are turning to hydraulics. The change has been recognized—and admitted—by R. T. Cornelius, president of the Cornelius Co., one of the nation’s first suppliers of aircraft pneumatic systems.

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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

New Vertiplane Has Conventional Look

Double Flaps Give Weber Model Vertical Takeoff Ability

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AIR TRANSPORT

Obsolete Nav Aids Threaten Prosperity

IATA warned that outmoded navigation aids jeopardize international airlines’ economic future.

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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Pilots Demand Better Chance of Escape

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MANAGEMENT

Ardc Reorganizes, Tells More Secrets

Baltimore—Air Research and Development Command has streamlined its headquarters organization and is prepared to ease the secret classification on System Requirements in another double-barreled Air Force effort to spur aircraft industry development of improved weapon systems.

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BEA buys Vanguard; New York Airways, S-58s; Lockheed revises Electra; tourist DC-8 announced.

Paa Order Touches Off Equipment Race

The international air transport industry buzzed with new equipment deals last week in the wake of the record $269-million jet airliner orders placed by Pan American World Airways (AW Oct. 17, p. 7). As U. S. and British airframe and engine manufacturers swarmed around the fringes of the 11th annual general meeting of the International Air Transport Association in New York, the following developments occurred: Vickers-Armstrongs sold more than 20 new 93-passenger Vanguard transports to British European Airways.
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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Uac-rensselaer Combine Talent; Evolve New Concept in Education

South Windsor, Conn.—An unusual experiment in engineering education is being conducted in this quiet Connecticut community at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Hartford Graduate Center. The center is a cooperative venture between United Aircraft Corp. in East Hartford, Conn., and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N. Y. (AW June 13, p. 40).

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EDITORIAL

Jet Transport Race Gets Hotter

It is certainly no coincidence that the 11th annual general meeting of the International Air Transport Association in New York last week produced the biggest bustle over commercial airline equipment orders since the end of World War II. Never before has the problem of buying the proper type of new transports at the proper time loomed as such a critical problem for airline management.

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AIR TRANSPORT

Fare Dispute, Invitation to Russia Highlight Annual Iata Meeting

A dispute over recent fare increases and requests by Western airline executives for Russia to lower the Iron Curtain were the highlights of last week’s tenth anniversary convention of the International Air Transport Association. The convention met in week-long business sessions and received reports from its various committees, including the report on the Miami Traffic Conference at which most first-class fares were raised.
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MISSILE ENGINEERING

Navy & Reaction Motors Open $4-million Rocket Engine Facility

Denville, N. J.—The U. S. Navy and the nation’s oldest rocket engine company formally opened a $4-million rocket engine development and production facility earlier this month here in the.rolling hills of northern New Jersey. Built under the auspices of Reaction Motors, Inc., and the Navy, the plant consolidates within its 200,000 sq. ft. of working area RMI’s administrative offices, research, engineering and manufacturing operations, that previously had been divided between Rockaway and Lake Denmark, N. J.

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