November 28, 1960

SAFETY

British Review Bea Crash at Munich

MANAGEMENT

Pert/pep Management Tool Use Grows

AVIONICS

Optical Data Correlation Methods Studied

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SAFETY

British Review Bea Crash at Munich

Following is Part I of a report by an independent body, headed by E. S. Fay, set up by the British Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation to review Capt. James Thain’s representations about a takeoff accident Feb. 6, 1958, at Munich, involving a BEA Elizabethan transport of which he was pilot.
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MANAGEMENT

Pert/pep Management Tool Use Grows

Washington — The most effective management tool yet conceived for planning and evaluating progress in the development of complex weapon systems, a tool pioneered by the Navy with its Polaris program, is rapidly being applied to major weapon systems by the Navy, Air Force and Army.

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AVIONICS

Optical Data Correlation Methods Studied

Glendale, Calif.—Optical data correlation techniques which may provide means of recognizing terrain for future airborne navigation or automatic landing systems are being explored here at Space Electronics Corp. Referred to as Simultaneous Multiple Image Correlation (Simicore), the techniques make possible rapid, automatic identification of sensed patterns by comparing each one with a large number of anticipated, stored patterns.

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MISSILE ENGINEERING

Rocket Noise Suit May Set Precedent

Morristown, N. J.—First round of what may prove to be a precedent-setting legal case involving damages allegedly caused by vibrations from the static testing of rocket engines has gone against industry and, in effect, the U. S. government.

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Aeronaves Backs U. S. Jets in Consortium

Mexico City—Proposed jet equipment pool among Mexico’s three international carriers faces a roadblock from Aeronaves de Mexico, recently equipped with a Douglas DC-8 and scheduled to open jet service to New York next week. CMA Mexicana de Aviacion has proposed the “equipment consortium” as a sort of holding company which would buy jet transports and lease them back to the three participants—Aeronaves, CMA, and Guest Aerovias Mexico.

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AIR TRANSPORT

Landis Fails in Alpa Presidential Bid

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AIR TRANSPORT

Study Urges Sweeping Changes in Cab

Extra members, longer term for chairman proposed in survey aimed at cutting case backlog, red tape.

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BUSINESS FLYING

Higher Powered 680f Has Wide Regime

Newark, N. ƒ.—Aero Commander, Inc., has fitted its Model 680F with two 380-hp. fuel injection engines that give the executive transport a high degree of speed, performance and built-in safety. New Lycoming IGSO-540 engines are the major change in this latest addition to the Aero Commander line.

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Letters

I noted with extreme interest your notation of “Czech Centrifuge Turns at 6 Million rpm,” (AW Oct. 10, p. 59). It may be of interest to note that in early 1956, a centrifuge was built and operated by a co-worker and myself to a speed of over 1 million rps. or 60 million rpm.
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SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Negative Ion Neutralization Investigated

Monterey, Calif.—Injection of negative ions is being investigated by Aerojet-General Corp. as a means of neutralizing the positive electrostatic charge of ion exhaust from an ion rocket. Unneutralized exhaust is apt to cause uncontrolled variations in the thrust vector of any ion rocket large enough to be of practical use and may even stall the motor completely by creating such a large positive space charge outside the motor exit as to eliminate the axial difference in electrical potential which accelerates the propellant.

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