February 6, 1961

SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Simplified Bio-instrumentation Studied

AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Belgians, Dutch Merge Pilot Training

AIR TRANSPORT

Fokker Plans Follow-on Versions of F-27

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SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Simplified Bio-instrumentation Studied

Los Angeles—Several designs of simple, lightweight instrument systems which could sample the physiological responses of an astronaut during flights of space vehicles in extreme environments without causing him much discomfort will be proposed by Lear, Inc., to several agencies in the next few months.

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AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING

Belgians, Dutch Merge Pilot Training

Brussels—Belgium, beset by economic strife and the loss of key Congo facilities, is merging its air force pilot training program with that of The Netherlands. The West German air force, with largely common equipment, may meld its activities into the program at a later date.

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AIR TRANSPORT

Fokker Plans Follow-on Versions of F-27

Amsterdam—Fokker is planning three potential follow-on versions of its F-27 Friendship short-range turboprop transport, the company’s first postwar commercial product, for possible production. They are: STOL fitted with double-slotted flaps and spoilers plus increased aileron and rudder power.
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AIR TRANSPORT

Africa Becoming Strong Aircraft Market

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AVIONICS

Space Frequency Argument Taking Shape

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AIR TRANSPORT

United Crowds American’s Revenue Lead

Jet passenger mile power play finds United making most of American’s commitment to turbofan retrofit.

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AVIONICS

Navy to Test Electrically Suspended Gyro

Minneapolis—Electrically suspended gyro, with drift rates that would have been considered fantastic a decade ago, is expected to find its first use aboard Polaris submarines as an extremely precise azimuth reference. The ability to obtain an extremely accurate azimuth reference under adverse weather conditions when star sights are not possible should increase the flexibility of the submarines and improve target accuracy of the Polaris missiles.

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BUSINESS FLYING

Bell Aims Helicopter Sales Push Into Dominant Fixed-wing Field

Details of an aggressive merchandising and sales campaign aimed at boosting rotary-wing aircraft business by some 50% this year were revealed by Bell Helicopter Co.’s commercial sales manager Dwane K. Jose to operators gathered at the Helicopter Assn. of America’s annual meeting.
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BUSINESS FLYING

North American Studies Civil T-39 Market

Los Angeles—North American Aviation is still officially undecided on whether to offer the civilian corporate version of the USAF T-39 Sabreliner to civilian buyers. Company spokesmen say the decision to go ahead with the civilian program may be months away.

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MANAGEMENT

Aec Skeptical About Prospects for Nuclear Test Ban Agreement

Washington—Atomic Energy Commission presents a highly skeptical outlook on the prospects for success of a nuclear test ban agreement—the first challenge confronting the Kennedy Administration’s arms control programin its 1960 annual report, submitted last week to Congress.

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