August 18, 1958

SAFETY

Faulty Technique Cited in Hard Landing

AVIONICS

Caa Plans $.5 Billion Avionic Spending

AIR TRANSPORT

Britannia Completes Half-year in Service

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SAFETY

Faulty Technique Cited in Hard Landing

At 15201 on November 14, 1957, Eastern Air Lines Flight 18 made a hard landing at Richards Field, Massena, New York. The two passengers and three crew members were uninjured. The aircraft, a Martin 404, N 492A, received major damage. HISTORY OF THE FLIGHT Eastern Air Lines Flight 18 is a scheduled operation serving the carrier’s route between New York City and Massena, N. Y., and its intermediate stops at Albany, Plattsburg, and Malone, N. Y. On November 14, at 1245, the flight originated on schedule, its flight crew consisting of Capt. Joseph W. Harpham, First Officer Robert Casper and Flight Attendant Nancy A. Price. The flight followed routine preparation and was in accordance with an IFR (Instrument Flight Rules) flight plan The general weather conditions over most of the route were forecast to be good.
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AVIONICS

Caa Plans $.5 Billion Avionic Spending

Washington—Current expansion of federal airwavs facilities has thrust Civil Aeronautics Administration into the position of being the nation’s second largest buyer of avionics equipment, just behind the Defense Department. CAA is likely to hold this position for at least the next five years with projected expenditures of more than a billion dollars during this period, more than half of which will go to buy new avionic equipment.

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AIR TRANSPORT

Britannia Completes Half-year in Service

New York—First turbine-powered airliner to ply the North Atlantic performed satisfactorily during its first six months of service, according to British Overseas Airways Corp. and El Al Israel Airlines. Long-range Bristol Britannia turbo-prop was put into transatlantic service last December by both carriers.

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BUSINESS FLYING

Latest Aircoupe Embraces 258 Changes

New York—Forney Aircraft’s all-metal, spin-proof Aircoupe F-l embraces some 258 modifications over its predecessor, the Ercoupe, of which several thousand were built in Maryland by Engineering Research Corp., acquired by Forney in 1955.

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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Transmission Design Cuts 192’s Weight

London—Weight-saving potential of a transmission development designed to assure uniform tooth loading has been traded for reliability in the Bristol 192 military helicopter. This design philosophy was one of the points mentioned in an outline of the company’s development program by Raoul Hafner, chief helicopter designer, in a recent interview with AVIATION WEEK.

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AVIONICS

U. S. Designs Infrared-scanner Satellite

New York—Next U. S. satellite will be instrumented for infrared reconnaissance of the earth’s cloud cover to gain meteorological information as part of the country’s contribution to the International Geophvsical Year. Successful orbiting of this vehicle will bring military reconnaissance satellites one step closer to reality.

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EDITORIAL

Space Team Leaders

President Eisenhowers nomination of T. Keith Glennan, president of the Case Institute of Technology in Cleveland, as administrator and Hugh L. Dryden, director of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, as deputy administrator of the new National Aeronautics and Space Administration is the latest in a series of moves designed to get this vital agency into dynamic action as quickly as possible.
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SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Radiation Poses Manned Space Problem

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Bill to Streamline Procurement Proposed

Legislation introduced in effort to cut red tape, speed development, production of weapon systems.

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SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Nasa Budget Cut to $75 Million By Senate Appropriations Group

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