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September 2, 1957

EQUIPMENT

Carrier Deck Gear Development Pushed

BUSINESS FLYING

Helicopters Overcome Terrain in Jungle Oil Search

MANAGEMENT

Mats Tests 4-d Navigation in Pacific

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EQUIPMENT

Carrier Deck Gear Development Pushed

Lakehurst, N. J.—Future of carrier-based aviation hinges on pushing development of launching and recovery systems steadily ahead of development of the growing stable of high performance aircraft being designed, built and qualified for fleet operation.

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BUSINESS FLYING

Helicopters Overcome Terrain in Jungle Oil Search

Paris—Heavy helicopters are significantly faster and cheaper than conventional ground methods in oil drilling cargo operations and exploratory work in the New Guinea jungles. Taking over the entire job of shuttling men and heavy drilling equipment between scattered jungle sites, three Sikorsky S-58s flying in New Guinea have done in a few months what normally would have taken 18.

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MANAGEMENT

Mats Tests 4-d Navigation in Pacific

Hickam AFB, Hawaii—Four-Dimensional Optimum Flight Planning Navigation is getting mixed reaction from Military Air Transport Service, only carrier which has used it operationally. The highly refined pressure pattern navigation technique can extend range or cut fuel requirements by 10% or more on many routes.

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AIR TRANSPORT

Resale Market Softens at Critical Time

With airlines facing major equipment shift to jets, prospect of used aircraft oversupply looms.

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PRODUCTION

Vickers Tooling to Produce Vanguards

Weybridge, England—One of the largest tooling programs ever undertaken for a European-built aircraft is well under way at Vickers-Armstrong (Aircraft) Ltd. for the turboprop Vanguard airliner. Vickers estimates the total market requirement for the Vanguard at about 250 aircraft and is tooling up for four-a-month production.
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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Safety, Long Life Claimed for Spectre

London—Additional details of de Havilland’s Spectre rocket engine, a variable thrust unit designed for manned aircraft, have been revealed. Spectre is flying in the Saunders-Roe S.R. 53, a mixed powerplant research aircraft whose turbojet engine is an Armstrong-Siddeley Viper.
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Letters

We read with interest the statement on p. 23, AVIATION WEEK, May 20, concerning magnathorium as a possible successor to titanium in the high temperature field. While this represents a commendable improvement in magnesium alloys, we feel the statement is somewhat misleading.
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AIR TRANSPORT

Traffic Rules Cited as Helicopter Barrier

Washington—Helicopter Council of the Aircraft Industries Assn. says present air traffic control procedures are retarding the development of commercial and air carrier helicopter operations. In a paper submitted to the Aviation Facilities Planning Group, the AIA called for new Civil Air Regulations for helicopter flights that would be completely divorced from traffic rules governing fixed-wing operations.

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MISSILE ENGINEERING

Russia Confirms Icbm Firing; Congress Debates U. S. Progress

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Usaf Spells Out Procurement Policies

Soviet firing won’t affect ICBM program, Douglas tells West Coast industry; Irvine stresses cuts.

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