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February 18, 1957

EQUIPMENT

Complex Aircraft Demand Simulators

BUSINESS FLYING

Corporation Pilots Receive Benefit of Usaf’s Turbojet Experience

AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Usaf’s Perkins Poses Budget Problems

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EQUIPMENT

Complex Aircraft Demand Simulators

Cincinnati, O.—The inexorable increase in complexity of aircraft systems— particularly avionic and jet engine control—is creating three major trends in the field of training requirements for air crew and ground crew alike. Training aids, whether simple, $100 mobile panels or complex, $1-million electronic flight simulators, are becoming absolute necessities.

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BUSINESS FLYING

Corporation Pilots Receive Benefit of Usaf’s Turbojet Experience

Dayton, Ohio—USAF is sharing with corporation pilots its hard-won jet experience to minimize the “hardships” of transition to turbine-powered aircraft. WADC opened its doors at Wright-Patterson AFB, near here Feb. 7 and 8 for a jet know-how symposium for some 160 pilots, members and guests of National Business Aircraft Assn., patterned after an earlier open-house sponsored by the Air Force for the airlines (AW Oct. 29, 1956 p. 32).

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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Usaf’s Perkins Poses Budget Problems

The mounting cost and complexity of weapon systems, combined with the stabilized budget ceilings presently in force, are creating considerable concern in the dynamic Air Force development program. Budget considerations present Air Force planners with the complex problem of developing and maintaining an adequate force-in-being, as well as maintaining a vigorous research and development program focused on new weapon systems for future strategic, defensive and tactical missions.

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AIR TRANSPORT

North Atlantic 1956 Traffic Gains 20%

Gain over 1955 was the largest actual increase the airlines have experienced on the North Atlantic.

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FINANCIAL

R&d Contracts Awarded 1954-56

Washington—Following is a list of the 300 companies and institutions receiving the largest amounts of military research and development contracts in the fiscal years 1954-56 as prepared by the House of Representatives Select Committee on Small Business from reports supplied by the Department of Defense:
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AVIONICS

Single Sideband Appears Victor for Airline Hf Communications

Washington—Single sideband appears to have won out over General Electric’s new synchronous detection as the future airline replacement for existing amplitude modulation (AM) in longrange high-frequency communications. However, the GE system still is a strong contender for military use.

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TRANSPORT

Better Wind Data Needed for Jet Flight

New York—Balloon tracking to obtain upper atmospheric wind speeds is too inaccurate and too slow for jet airplane flight planning and some other method will have to be developed, F. W. Reichelderfer, chief of the U.S. Weather Bureau, told a meeting of the American Meteorological Society here.

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Letters

The “Cockpit Viewpoint” expressed in AVIATION WEEK (Jan. 28, 1957) is praise well deserved in our maturing industry, and recognizes the expanding scope of cooperation between manufacturers, airline managements and airline pilots. Inadvertently omitted was the Convair Division of General Dynamics, which has extended full cooperation to the ALPA.
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TRANSPORT

Caa Probes Airline Pilot Standards

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MANAGEMENT

Washington Roundup

Watch for more heat than usual in the annual Washington battle over the small business cut of Defense Department’s procurement pie. Military services, faced with purchase of increasingly complex and expensive items, find it more and more difficult to buy from small business without sacrificing economies, but they are trying hard.

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