November 12, 1956

SAFETY

Broken Runway Lights Misled Pilot

AIR TRANSPORT

Eastern Handles Merger Complexities

AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

"Exotic" Fuels Carry Performance Bonus

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SAFETY

Broken Runway Lights Misled Pilot

At 2204,1 Mar. 29, 1956, Northeast Airlines’ Flight 124, a Convair 240, N 90659, landed in deep snow to the left of runway 20 at the Portland, Me., Municipal Airport. The nose gear folded back resulting in major damage to the aircraft and minor injuries to five of the 32 passengers.
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AIR TRANSPORT

Eastern Handles Merger Complexities

Four-year delay in Colonial purchase approval aggravates equipment problem; employes retained.

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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

"Exotic" Fuels Carry Performance Bonus

New York—Spectacular performance gains for aircraft and missile power-plants are promised by new families of fuels synthesized in chemical plants. These specific improvements can be expected in airframes and engines using “exotic” fuels.

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BUSINESS FLYING

Lockheed Interest Foreshadows Jet Era

Miami—Exploration of the market for a new small executive transport with “spectacularly high performance” is being undertaken by Lockheed Aircraft Corp., Sales Engineer Frank Davis told participants at National Business Aircraft Assn.’s 9th annual meeting and forum here recently.

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BUSINESS FLYING

Awards Go to Business Pilots

Miami—Safety awards were given at the 9th annual meeting and forum here to 29 pilot members of National Business Aircraft Assn, who have flown more than 1 million accident and injury free miles. Also cited were 59 pilot members who have flown more than 500,000 accident and injury free miles, and 26 corporation members whose aircraft have completed a total of 47,036,788 mi. without accident or injury.
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AVIONICS

Datamation: Third Hand for Controller

Indianapolis—Semi-automatic air traffic control coordinating system which will use electronic data processing (datamation) technique to relieve, but not replace, the over-burdened traffic controller is under development at Civil Aeronautics Administration’s Technical Development Center (TDC).

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EQUIPMENT

New Aviation Products

Lightweight, flexible ammunition chute is assembled without tools and is constructed of self-interlocking parts without welds, rivets or mechanical fasteners. Especially adapted to high rate of fire, it cuts weight about 50% from conventional chuting.
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HUMAN FACTORS

Rocket-tube Ejector Adds to Escape Margin for Jet Pilots

New York—Rocket-tube pilot emergency escape catapult is being readied for the Convair F-106 by the Talco Engineering Corp., Hamden, Conn. The new ejector uses a canted rocket inside a tube to give added ejection height at low altitudes and to counteract the air-blast deceleration at high speeds.

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TRANSPORT

Airlines Attack N. Y.-florida Decision

Washington—Major airlines made a series of attacks against the Civil Aeronautics Board’s New York-Florida route awards last week in asking the Board to reconsider its decision. Northeast became the major winner in the big New York-Florida Case when it was awarded a new route between northeastern cities and Florida points.

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TRANSPORT

Domestic Trunk Lines Committed to $1.5 Billion Jet Program

San Francisco—Security analysts meeting here generally accepted industry reasons why domestic trunk airlines with assets of $1.3 billion and net worth of $650 million committed themselves to a $1.5 billion jet transport order program.
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