October 17, 1960

SAFETY

Controllers Blamed in Viscount Crash

EQUIPMENT

Rotor Platform Proposed for Data Relay

EQUIPMENT

Jumps Prove Usaf Survival Concepts

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SAFETY

Controllers Blamed in Viscount Crash

The following British civil aircraft accident report was submitted by J. W. Duggan, deputy chief inspector of accidents, Accidents Investigation Branch, Ministry of Aviation, to the Minister of Aviation. The report concerns the crash of a British European Airways Corp.
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EQUIPMENT

Rotor Platform Proposed for Data Relay

New York—Versatile, ramjet-powered rotor platform which will hover at 100,000-ft. altitudes is now being proposed for Signal Corps data relay mission. The vehicle will relay microwave transmissions from low-flying surveillance drones to remote ground receivers.

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EQUIPMENT

Jumps Prove Usaf Survival Concepts

Washington—Capt. Joseph W. Kittinger’s free fall and parachute jump from 102,800 ft. marked the climax of an Air Force research program designed to permit a crewman to escape unprotected from an aircraft or space vehicle flying high in the atmosphere.

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MANAGEMENT

New Offerings

United ElectroDynamics, Inc., Pasadena, Calif., engaged primarily in the development and manufacture of electronic measurement instruments, particularly telemetry components and systems; environmental, reliability and qualification testing, and field inspection; research, seismic instrument production and field services in the earth sciences, primarily nuclear detection.
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AIR TRANSPORT

Czech Airline Bids for Western Markets

Prague—State-owned Czechoslovak Airlines is making a strong bid to invade Western passenger and cargo markets, particularly in North and South America. No longer content with gradually increasing and expanding its European route structure both within the Soviet bloc and in Western Europe, CSA currently is negotiating with Trans-Canada Airlines for an extension of its scheduled service from Prague to Montreal via Amsterdam (AW Oct. 3, p. 43).

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AVIONICS

Space Vehicle Battery Reliability Probed

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EQUIPMENT

Cockpit Monitor Sets Best Climbout

White Plains, N. Y.—Optimum climbout and approach paths for jet transports under varying weight, drag and power conditions may be possible with a speed control instrument integrating lift and acceleration measurements. The flight director system, called SCAT (speed control-approach/takeoff), was developed by Safe Flight Instrument Corp. to provide precise attitude/ power requirements to pilots on climbout and during landing approach.

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AVIONICS

Lockheed Develops Titanium Components

Palo Alto, Calif.—Long-lived avionic components chemically fabricated from thin films of titanium and its compounds are being developed now in the initial phase of Lockheed Aircraft Corp.’s long-range research program aimed at providing the highly reliable components future satellite systems will require.

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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Short Sc.l Control System Detailed

Flying Britain’s Short SC.l. VTOL research vehicle requires a combination of helicopter and fixed-wing techniques, plus one or two techniques that are unique to this aircraft. Like the helicopter, vertical flight is controlled by the pilot’s left hand using a power lever similar to the collectivepitch control for a helicopter.
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AIR TRANSPORT

Dutch Force Political Issue on Bilateral

U. S. ability to bargain strictly on economic basis questioned in KLM drive for route to Los Angeles.

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