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October 24, 1960

AIR TRANSPORT

Airlines Analyze Maintenance Cost Shift

AIR TRANSPORT

Speed Limits Raise Electra Operating Costs

AVIONICS

Uniform Component Packaging Offered

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AIR TRANSPORT

Airlines Analyze Maintenance Cost Shift

Kansas City, Mo.—Sweeping redistribution of the airline dollar spent for maintenance and overhaul sparked top interest among high-echelon airline engineers meeting here to analyze secondround problems of the industry’s transition to jets.

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AIR TRANSPORT

Speed Limits Raise Electra Operating Costs

Direct expenses per total aircraft mile increase but passenger load factors hold up fairly well.

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AVIONICS

Uniform Component Packaging Offered

Los Angeles—Flexible, uniformlypackaged microminiature components potentially capable of simplifying and cutting the cost of assembling components into complex avionic systems were detailed here recently in a series of talks before major systems makers in the greater Los Angeles area.

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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Vertol 76 Enters Modification Program

Morton, Pa.—Vertol Model 76 tiltwing VTOL, which completed flight evaluation last month, now enters a modification program reflecting stateof-the-art improvements in control and performance characteristics. Planned changes are in negotiation on proposal stages between Vertol Division of Boeing Airplane Co. and the U. S. Army, sponsor of the Model 76 project.

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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Ground Equipment Costs Show Steady Rise

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AVIONICS

Optical Maser’s Space Potential Probed

New York—Bell Telephone Laboratories experiments have revealed that an optical maser exhibits relaxation oscillator effects, with coherent light being emitted in short (microsecond) bursts rather than as a smooth pulse as had been previously reported by Hughes Aircraft scientists (AW July 18, p. 96).

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MANAGEMENT

Letters

Reply to Medaris Recent comments by the press have publicized Army Gen. Medaris and his book “Countdown for Decision,” which is highly critical of other military services and the Department of Defense. As the principal civilian responsible for the Army’s Research and Development activities, I can objectively state that the views of Gen. Medaris are not wholly shared by responsible senior military officers and civilians in Washington.
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Space Technology

Usaf Accelerates Bioastronautics Effort

Research command seeks to help nation regain lead from Russia by better coordination, streamlining.

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EDITORIAL

Kennedy on National Defense

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John F. Kennedy proposed major changes in military programs and their management last week as he told the American Legion convention in Miami Beach what he thinks is wrong with the nation’s defense effort and how it should be improved.
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AIR TRANSPORT

Cab Opens United-capital Hearing as Stockholders Approve Merger

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