September 19, 1960

MANAGEMENT

Digressions Cloud Real Research Goal

SAFETY

Lack of Pilot Vigilance Blamed in F-84f, Piper Pa-22 Collision

AIR TRANSPORT

Transatlantic Carriers See Cargo Surge

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MANAGEMENT

Digressions Cloud Real Research Goal

Digressions from the main goal of research were discussed recently by Ira H. Abbott, director of advanced research programs for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, at a Princeton University seminar on research planning and management.
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SAFETY

Lack of Pilot Vigilance Blamed in F-84f, Piper Pa-22 Collision

On Nov. 7, 1959, at 1416 EST., a Piper PA-22, N 9609D, and an Ohio Air National Guard F-84F, 519360, collided in the air about 2 mi. south-southeast of the Mansfield Municipal Airport, Mansfield, Ohio. The two pilots of the PA-22 received fatal injuries.
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AIR TRANSPORT

Transatlantic Carriers See Cargo Surge

New York—Cargo carried across the North Atlantic by International Air Transport Assn. carriers will increase at least 40% during 1960 to continue the breakthrough trend begun last year when IATA freight flow grew a record 45%, an AVIATION WEEK survey indicates.

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AVIONICS

New Avionic Products

Fixed coaxial attenuator, Series 180, available with attenuations of 3, 6, and 10 db. in the 1 to 12.4 kmc. frequency range, or 20 db. in range of 2 to 12.4 kmc. Temperature coefficient is 0.00043 /db./deg.F. Attenuator measures 7¾ in. long and has 50-ohm impedance.
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AVIONICS

Techniques of ‘project Needles’ Detailed

Lexington, Mass.—First details on “orbital scatter communications,” a promising new technique that will use earth-circling belts of millions of tiny hair-thin metallic whiskers, were disclosed here bv Lincoln Laboratory which has been investigating the technique with Thompson Ramo Wooldridge under Defense Department sponsorship.

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FINANCIAL

AMC Contracts

Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio—Following is a list of unclassified contracts for $25,000 and over as released by the Air Materiel Command: David Clark Co., Inc., Worcester, Mass., light weight pressure helmets for an unknown use, (PR 86144), $69,389.
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SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Soviets Decline Posts in Space Academy

Stockholm—International Academy of Astronautics has begun its first year of operation with an initial membership of 43 scientists, engineers and lawyers from 14 nations, but with Soviet Russia —one of the two leaders in the space field—still declining to participate.

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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

New Escape System Detaches Nose Section

Dallas, Tex.—Improved survival characteristics in addition to bettering the combat pilot’s tactical capabilities are prime goals of an integrated cockpit escape capsule development here under Navy sponsorship. Chance Vought Aeronautics Division engineers feel that the philosophy of detaching the entire nose section of the aircraft in an emergency would make possible a lighter survival system than is possible with the seat ejection principle, since they feel that little additional structural beef-up is required to the already normal rugged construction of modern supersonic aircraft to ensure integrity of the capsule in landing.

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AIR TRANSPORT

Small Airlines Rebel Against Iata Chiefs

Executive committee put down revolt in Copenhagen but some members may lose posts at next session.

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AVIONICS

Digital Computer Reliability Grows

Washington—Airborne digital computers now arc achieving reliabilities which match or exceed those of less complex avionic equipments, a situation which seemed unlikely when digital computers were first proposed for airborne use less than a decade ago (AW Dec. 29, 1952, p. 27.)

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