February 13, 1956

SAFETY

Vigilance Could Have Averted Collision

PRODUCTION

Stodgy Supply Ministry Blocks Progress

AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Air Congestion Accepted as a Problem

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SAFETY

Vigilance Could Have Averted Collision

Two aircraft collided in clear weather while both were approaching to land at the Lea County Airport, Hobbs, New Mexico, Aug. 29, 1955, about 1245.1 One, a Continental Air Lines DC-3, N 18945, damaged but without impairment of control or injury to any occupant, was landed safely after a go-around.
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PRODUCTION

Stodgy Supply Ministry Blocks Progress

I would suggest that the end of the last War was a critical time in our aviation historv, and although we were nothing like as relatively strong then as at the end of the First World War, nevertheless, by a number of clever improvisations we finished up with a series of successful aircraft from which the last drop had been squeezed out, while America had built a tremendously powerful manufacturing potential, especially on the military transport side, with an output approximately four times our own.

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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Air Congestion Accepted as a Problem

Washington—A solution to the national problem of air traffic congestion is now being sought in an atmosphere of enlightenment. A new spirit of mutual recognition and general understanding of the seriousness of the situation has supplanted months of bitterness and controversy within Government and industry and between civil and military interests over air traffic control problems.

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FINANCIAL

Cancelled Buaer Contracts

The following list of contract cancellations was submitted to the Holifield Subcommittee by Navy Bureau of Aeronautics covering 188 contracts terminated from 1953 through the first four months of 1955: FIXED PRICE CONTRACTS PLUS LETTERS OF INTENT— CALENDAR YEAR 1953
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MISSILE ENGINEERING

Cal Tech’s Role in Missiles, Rocketry

Pasadena, Calif.—Fundamental research in guided missie and rocket science, encompassing the areas of aerodynamics, avionics, chemistry, physics, metallurgy and fluid mechanics, is one of the vital roles of California Institute of Technology’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

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Gardner Quits, Starts Usaf R&d Fight

Research chief’s resignation forces issue of need for funds to keep pace with Red technical progress.

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AVIONICS

Communications Chores Limit Capacity to Control Traffic

New York—Excessive voice communications chores imposed on air traffic controllers, and not saturation of the air space, is the real cause of delays and traffic capacity limitations. These conclusions, drawn from detailed studies in the Boston area, were reported here to the recent Institute of the Aeronautical Sciences Annual Meeting in a joint presentation by Kenneth G. Van Wynen of Bell Telephone Laboratories, and Charles I. Stanton.

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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Report Urges Reorganization of Caa

Washington—Civil Aeronautics Administration’s organization structure is contrary to the best interests of air traffic control and aviation safety—the agency’s primary functions—a long-secret management consultants’ report said.
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BUSINESS FLYING

Private Lines

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BUSINESS FLYING

Lear Expects Commercial Sales to Overtake Military Business

Hungry demands for equipment by business aircraft operators are sending Lear, Inc.’s commercial sales slanting sharply upward to the point where they represent an increasingly substantial share of the company’s total business. Dollar volume figures cannot be discussed by Lear now because of restrictions imposed by regulatory agencies pending a public offering of the company’s debentures.

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