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October 29, 1956

SAFETY

‘missed Approach’ Ruled in Eastern Crash

AIR TRANSPORT

Airline Growth Indicates Healthy Profits

Airlines Advised to Contract Jet Overhaul

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SAFETY

‘missed Approach’ Ruled in Eastern Crash

At 0343l Dec. 21, 1955, a Lockheed Constellation, model L-749A, N 112A, owned by Eastern Air Lines, Inc., and operated as Flight 642, crashed during an ILS (Instrument Landing System) approach to runway 5, Imeson Airport, Jacksonville, Fla.
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AIR TRANSPORT

Airline Growth Indicates Healthy Profits

Third-quarter trends point to 14% gain in traffic for 1956 despite slow start in travel last summer.

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Airlines Advised to Contract Jet Overhaul

Tinker AFB, Okla.—U. S. airline maintenance experts were introduced to the complexities of the jet engine here last week and advised to let contractors do their overhaul work, particularly in the early phases of the jet transport age. Deluged with a flood of agonizing statistics drawn from USAF’s experience, the airline representatives were given a sound briefing on what they can expect in fast-rising costs and manpower problems when their shops face jet engine overhaul.

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BUSINESS FLYING

Piper Expands Line to Meet Sales Goal

Lock Haven, Pa.—Target of $36 million in retail sales of business and utility aircraft in 1957 was put before Piper Aircraft Corp. distributors and dealers during their 16th annual meeting here last week. Next year’s sales goal does not take into account Piper’s new four-place PA-24 Comanche, which the company will start delivering to distributors sometime next April, sales manager J. W. (Jake) Miller told AVIATION WEEK.

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What Can Be Done About It?

THE SHORTAGE OF SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS

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HUMAN FACTORS

High Speed, Altitude to Alter Pilot Rules

Langley AFB, Va.—Pilot techniques will be changed markedly as speeds pass Mach 3 and as manned flight outside the earth’s atmosphere becomes a predictable thing. Researchers must forecast problems the pilot will face and seek solutions.

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AIR TRANSPORT

Airways Development Plans Keyed to Jets

Indianapolis—Civil Aeronautics Administration’s Technical Development Center has keyed its evaluation and testing program to jet transport operations, with primary emphasis being placed upon airways and air traffic control development.

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Usaf Pushes Maintenance Demands

Maintainability requirement may be written into all contracts; jet engine makers to feel change first.

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AIR TRANSPORT

Stratocruiser Is Ditched

Pan American World Airways Boeing Stratocruiser was ditched midway between Honolulu and San Francisco Oct. 16. Five hours out of Honolulu No. 1 propeller began to overspeed, and when the engine was stopped the propeller uncoupled and continued to windmill.
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EDITORIAL

What's Wrong with British Aviation?

For the past several years, there has been a rising tide of criticism on the state of British aviation—particularly its military products—from British aeronautical engineers, military airmen and the London daily press. Britons distinguished in aviation who have spoken publicly on this topic include Sir Roy Fedden, thrice president of the Royal Aeronautical Society and a distinguished aeronautical engineer; Air Commodore F. R. Banks, an internationally recognized authority on jet engine development; William A. Waterton, one of Britain’s most experienced jet test pilots, and Sir Philip Joubert de la Ferte, a former air chief marshal of the Royal Air Force.

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