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May 6, 1957

EQUIPMENT

Crash Program Seeks Ejector for High

P6m Crash Study Leads to Tail Solution

SAFETY

Hearing Seeks Answer to Northeast Crash

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EQUIPMENT

Crash Program Seeks Ejector for High

Denver—Crash program to remedy a deadly deficiency—subsonic escape systems in supersonic aircraft—is beginning to pay off for Air Force and Navy. To make supersonic ejection consistently possible, the U. S. aviation industry has come up with two new seat configuration concepts, each different from the other:

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P6m Crash Study Leads to Tail Solution

Flight tests of the Martin P6M SeaMaster are expected to resume in the late fall, and production of the multi-jet seaplane, which is now under way here, will incorporate design changes in the aircraft’s tail. The following Martin report of the crash of the second airplane, reprinted here by AVIATION WEEK, reveals that an experimental modification to the horizontal tail changed the load level on the stabilizer actuator.
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SAFETY

Hearing Seeks Answer to Northeast Crash

New York—How a Northeast Airlines DC-6A which crashed on Rikers Island Feb. 1 went into an unexpected descending turn after takeoff from LaGuardia Airport and why the pilots were unaware of it were major questions posed at a Civil Aeronautics Board fact-finding inquiry here last month.

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AVIONICS

Smaller Companies Combine to Compete

Medium-size avionics companies, too small to win prime contracts for many of the complex weapon systems but too big to be content with subcontracts, are joining forces to compete with the industry’s larger firms. These combines, which could reshape present business-management patterns, range from the formation of a new corporation to perform systems engineering for its member firms to a loose federation of firms that pool their talents for a joint weapon system proposal.

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AIR TRANSPORT

Executive Salaries for 1956 Reported By Airlines to Cab

Reports of officers’ and directors’ salaries for calendar year 1956 as filed with the Civil Aeronautics Board for the following airlines are: Eastern Air Lines E. V. Riekenbacker, chairman of the board, general manager and director, $50,000 salary, $800 bonus and indirect compensation; T. F. Armstrong, president and director, $35,000 salary, $5,703 bonus and indirect compensation; P. F. Brattain, first vice president and director, $32,500 salary, $7,854 bonus and indirect compensation; S. L. Shannon, senior vice president and director, $30,000 salary, $5,419 bonus and indirect compensation; G. A. Smith, second vice president, $20,000 salary.
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AIR TRANSPORT

Tighter Air Control Drive Gains Force

ATA, ALPA discuss proposal for tighter control; controllers warn that positive control premature.

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AIR TRANSPORT

New Team Ends Hal Profit Drought

Honolulu—When Hawaiian Airlines recently reported a net profit for 1956 of $77,187, the surge of satisfaction around the office was something more than this modest return on a $5 million operation would seem to warrant. But the reason wasn’t hard to find.
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X-15 Capability Outstrips Speculation

Research rocket craft’s design is practical, safe; Scott Crossfield describes his part in X-15’s conception.

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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Mountain Strips Limit Twin Pioneer

Geneva—Swissair’s three-month evaluation of the Scottish Aviation Twin Pioneer has shown it to be a versatile feederliner with exceptional short-field performance and one drawback: limited single-engine performance at mountain airstrips.

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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 CAMBRIDGE RESEARCH CENTER, ARDC, USAF, Hanscom Field, Bedford, Mass. Fairchild Camera and Instrument Corp., Robbins Lane, Syosset, L. I., N. Y., modifying the design of the present CARTRAC with improved techniques AF19(604)-2070, job, $61,033.
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