December 31, 1956

MANAGEMENT

Venture Capital Supports New Air Firms

PRODUCTION ENGINEERING

Bulova Streamlines Crystal Production

Offshore Oil Booms Helicopter Sales

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MANAGEMENT

Venture Capital Supports New Air Firms

New York—One measure of aviation’s financial maturity is the demand for venture capital in the industry—that is, the number of new enterprises seeking money to establish themselves. Most aviation research and development is paid for by the well established companies with their own funds or by the government, directly or indirectly.

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PRODUCTION ENGINEERING

Bulova Streamlines Crystal Production

Woodside, N. Y.—Techniques are being developed by Bulova Research and Development Laboratories to streamline the manufacture of the quartz crystal units which control radio frequencies. At present, much highly skilled manual labor is needed for the precise, complicated steps used in the production of the important crystal units.

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Offshore Oil Booms Helicopter Sales

New Orleans, La.—The Gulf of Mexico’s offshore oil fields have opened the world’s largest potential market for commercial cargo helicopters. A three-year boom, worth at least $5 million in sales to the U. S. aircraft industry, already has reached from here to the Persian Gulf, Venezuela and the jungles of New Guinea.

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AIR TRANSPORT

Foreign Jets Move Into World Market

Washington—Foreign aircraft builders are expanding their prospects in the world transport market now dominated by American manufacturers as the international airline industry lays its plans for the jet age. Money is the key to the jet equipment problems of many of the smaller nations’ airlines, and foreign manufacturers—primarily British and French —are offering such attractive financing that they may well take over a sizeable share of the transport sales that traditionally have been completely dominated by American companies.

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AVIONICS

Computer Simulates Response of Pilot

New York—Analog computer which was able in limited tests to simulate the dynamic response of a human operator in a complex control system, a feat heretofore considered impossible, has been developed by Goodyear Aircraft. In the process, the computer has added to knowledge of pilot behavior.

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Letters

I read in your Oct. 29 edition (p. 79) the CAB report on the Constellation accident at Imeson airport, Jacksonville, Fla., last December. The verdict evolving there-from prompts me to question the existence of a condition not mentioned anywhere in the analysis.
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AIR TRANSPORT

Airlines Reach New Peak, Future Bright

Traffic, revenue increase continue through 1956; expanding economy indicates good year ahead.

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AIR TRANSPORT

Christmas Traffic Crippled By Weather

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MANAGEMENT

Washington Roundup

Pentagon’s number one numbers game—the annual tug of war over the budget—was at its hottest last week with speculative figures flying thick and fast. One speculation generally accepted as fact—the Air Force stands to get only a fraction of the $6 billion increase its Chief of Staff believes necessary.

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EQUIPMENT

Cl-28 Hydraulics Revised for Simplicity

The hydraulic system of Canadair’s CL-28 Maritime Reconnaissance plane— a design based largely on the Bristol Britannia—has been revamped considerably by Canadair engineers to reduce complexity and make possible a static ground check of the entire flight control system.

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