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April 1, 1957

AVIONICS

Data Link May Start Vortac-type Battle

AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Evaluation Shows T-37a Is Fast, Simple, Compact

SAFETY

Victim’s Own Error Held as Cause of Fall

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AVIONICS

Data Link May Start Vortac-type Battle

New York—Recent unveiling of the Tacan-Vortac data link, in an obvious bid for its Common System use, should produce long-needed action to formulate airspace user operational requirements for such equipment. This in turn could precipitate another Vortac-type battle between competing techniques and equipment.

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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Evaluation Shows T-37a Is Fast, Simple, Compact

Waco, Tex.—Designed to become a vital link in USAF’s all-jet crew training program, Cessna’s new twin-jet side-byside T-37A primary trainer is a fast, compact, easy-to-handle airplane, a recent flight evaluation here by AVIATION WEEK indicated.

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SAFETY

Victim’s Own Error Held as Cause of Fall

A passenger on Piedmont Airlines Flight 5, DC-3C, N 45V, fell to his death through the main cabin door from an altitude of 6,500 feet, near Shelby, North Carolina, at approximately 1807,1 June 13, 1956. The crew and other passengers were -not involved in the accident.
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AIR TRANSPORT

Local Lines Split, Form New Association

Eastern, western carriers divide on basic policy ; association of local and territorial airlines formed.

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MANAGEMENT

Letters

". . . And Oh So Tall” Many is the time that I have felt like doing this, but to this date have put off such projects. Now I can no longer resist. Today, while reading the Letters to the Editor (AW Mar. 11, p. 146), I came to one that I should have written in 1945.
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PRODUCTION

Automation Cuts Armament Test Time

Baltimore—Use of automatic test machinery has cut testing time for production fire control, flight control and missile systems by 75 to 95% at Westinghouse Electric Corp.’s Air Arm Division here. Automatic testing techniques have been applied broadly, even though Air Arm is more a job-shop than a quantityproduction operation.

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FINANCIAL

Usaf Contracts

Following is a list of unclassified contracts for $25,000 and over, as released by Air Force Contracting Offices: AIR FORCE MISSILE TEST CENTER, Patrick Air Force Base (ARDC), Fla. Cubic Corp., 2841 Cannon St., San Diego 6, Cal., improvement and expansion of cotar system, (PR FP-1 -( 56) -342, FP-1 (56)-353, FP-1 (56) -404) job, $959,549.
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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Douglas Proposes Fleet Supply Aircraft

Washington—A four-engine turboprop utility assault transport for aerial resupply of carrier task forces has been proposed to the Navy by Douglas Aircraft Co. In design and performance, the aircraft is strikingly similar to the company’s proposed DC-3 replacement, the 1940 transport (AW Mar. 25, p. 38).
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AIR TRANSPORT

Senate Group Voices Opposition to Netherlands Bilateral Pact

Washington-Dutch negotiators seeking new concessions before the signing of a U. S.-Netherlands air agreement found little support for their cause last week from the Senate Interstate and Foreign Commerce Committee. Committee chairman Sen. Warren G. Magnuson (D.-Wash.) said his group does not even favor the signing of a bilateral air transportation agreement with the Netherlands.

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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Research Will Be Emphasized, Newbury Responds to Critics

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