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August 5, 1957

SAFETY

Single Engine Approach Made Too Fast

MANAGEMENT

Employment Drops From 900,000 Peak

AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Flying Atar Vtol Is Simple, Promising

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SAFETY

Single Engine Approach Made Too Fast

At 1504,1 November 15, 1956, Trans World Airlines Flight 163, as Martin 4-0-4, crashed at McCarran Field, Las Vegas, Nevada. The accident occurred during an attempted single-engine go-around. The captain and hostess and 14 of the 35 passengers received minor injuries.
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MANAGEMENT

Employment Drops From 900,000 Peak

Aviation Week survey indicates spending slowdown to eliminate at least 40,000 jobs by year’s end.

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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Flying Atar Vtol Is Simple, Promising

Paris—Snecma’s Atar Volant, a simple VTOL test vehicle consisting of one Atar turbojet, an ejection seat and four outriggers, was the technical sensation of the 22nd Salon de l’Aeronautique. Flown before an open-mouthed crowd by Auguste Morel, veteran French test pilot and ex-naval flier, the “Flving Atar” roared upward to a height near 500 ft., slid easily through the sky to a point in front of the reviewing stands, maneuvered gently and then returned to its parking area across the field where it settled in a cloud of reddish dust blasted loose by its exhaust jet.

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Defense to Stop Just Pleading; Reliability Will Go in Contract

3-mile Accuracy Claimed for Navarho-rho

Rome, N. Y.—Worldwide navigation accurate to within three nautical miles, a degree of accuracy hitherto unclaimed for any long-range system, may be possible with a modified version of Navarho long range navigation aid, according to a Rome Air Development Center spokesman.

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MANAGEMENT

Usaf Leaders Emphasize Austerity

Washington—Signposts pointing to new USAF procurement policies, forced by technological revolution and the budget pinch, were revealed to the aircraft industry last week at the 11th annual convention of the Air Force Association. Among them were:

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BUSINESS FLYING

Performance Jumps in Cleaned-up Yl-23

Major performance gains are possible on conventional business aircraft configurations by applying classic rules of geometric boundary layer control, a detailed study of a typical light twin completed recently by the Aerophysics Department of Mississippi State College reveals.
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EQUIPMENT

Mechanical Drives Compete for Air Use

New York—Air Force and Navy are encouraging development of mechanical constant speed drives for aircraft alternators as well as new versions of hvdro-mechanical and pneumatic systems. Specifically the services are watching with interest:

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AIR TRANSPORT

Lake Central to Launch Big Expansion

Washington—Lake Central Airlines is launching a fullscale route expansion and refinancing program that it has had to postpone for more than two years while it waited for a final verdict on the long drawn-out question of merger with North Central Airlines.

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Letters

As one frequently befuddled citizen of these United States, I’d like to say thank you for your editorial “Where Do We Stand?” in your issue of July 1. It is about the most useful piece I have seen in terms of providing the perspective on the State, and the perspective state of our airpower.
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Defense to Stop Just Pleading; Reliability Will Go in Contract

Washington — Defense Department shortly will reveal plans to make reliability a well-defined contractual requirement instead of merely a muchsought objective. New program will be the most specific and comprehensive reliability effort ever attempted by Defense Department and holds important implications for both avionic equipment and component manufacturers.

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