August 21, 1961

SAFETY

Tranquilizer Usage Linked to Dc-3 Crash

FINANCIAL

Airline Officers List Salaries with Cab

AIR TRANSPORT

Jet Utilization, Cost Control Increase Continental’s Profits

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SAFETY

Tranquilizer Usage Linked to Dc-3 Crash

One witness who described the turn said that after the turn the diminishing engine sound stopped quickly but that she heard no sound like a crash. Another, closer to the mountain, heard the aircraft proceed toward the mountain and at 2045 heard a sound like an explosion.
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FINANCIAL

Airline Officers List Salaries with Cab

Washington—Following is a list of airline officers’ salaries, bonuses and indirect compensation, expenses and stock holdings for the year ending Dec. 31, 1960, as filed with the Civil Aeronautics Board: Allegheny Airlines—L. O. Barnes, president and director, $37,985 salary, 29,700 shares of common stock, $2,762 expenses, $3,000 debt securities: W. J. Short, vice president-finance, $23,237 salary, 250 shares of common stock, $1,842 expenses, $1,000 debt securities: D. L. Miller, senior vice president and director, $20,337 salary, 502 shares of common stock, $3,398 expenses, $2,500 debt securities: E. I. Colodny, vice president-legal affairs and economic research, $17,750 salary, no stock, $1,424 expenses, $1,500 debt securities: R. G. Dinning, vice presidentflight operations, $17,220 salary, 500 shares of common stock, $1,194 in expenses and $1,000 debt securities.
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AIR TRANSPORT

Jet Utilization, Cost Control Increase Continental’s Profits

Denver—Continental Airlines’ intense efforts to maintain a steady profit level during the jet transition has made it a focal point of competitive concern and curiosity because of its ability to achieve unusually low breakeven load factors while improving the quality of its scheduled service.

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MANAGEMENT

East Germans Scrap 152s in Production

Bremen—Costly facilities of East Germany’s once-budding aviation industry, killed off as it neared a climax in its design efforts, now are busily being converted to the production of such items as potato planters, prefabricated windows, bridging and industrial engines.

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AVIONICS

Self-focusing Antenna Arrays Developed

Los Angeles—Fresh approach to antenna system design which yields a new type of antenna, called a self-focusing or adaptive antenna array, capable of quickly seeking and locking onto and then automatically tracking a signal source, was demonstrated recently in laboratory tests.

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AVIONICS

Space Guidance Methods Detailed By Ars

Stanford, Calif. — Automatic star tracker for space vehicle attitude control and mid-course guidance, expected to indicate star position with an error of less than 10 sec. of arc, was reported here during the recent Guidance, Control and Navigation Conference, cosponsored by the American Rocket Society and Stanford University.

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BUSINESS FLYING

U.s. Sailplane Market Potential Increasing

Wichita, Kan.—Growth of the U. S. sailplane movement as a potential market was apparent during the 28th annual soaring championships here Aug. 1-10. Major increases in the number of soaring enthusiasts, plus a noticeable sophistication in design of new sailplanes toward higher performance and growing acceptance of higher-priced vehicles, portends that this is becoming a field of interesting potential for airport and flying service operators as well as new electronics and other aircraft equipment suppliers.

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SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Hughes Joins Space Communications Race

Washington—National Aeronautics and Space Administration is negotiating a $4-million contract with Hughes Aircraft Corp. for a 22,300-mi. altitude communications satellite and has announced that its doors are wide open for negotiations on any other space communications proposal that “advances the state of the art.”

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AIR TRANSPORT

Eastern Evaluating Shuttle’s Economics

New York—Eastern Air Lines “air shuttle” is tapping a new market among travelers who formerly used ground transportation, and also is diverting a portion of the business commuter-type travel in the high density market. Intense industry interest has been aroused by the New York-Boston, New YorkWashington, no reservation reduced-fare service (AW May 8, p. 40).

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MISSILE ENGINEERING

French Pressing Irbm Pace Despite U.s.

Paris—French government is pushing ahead with development of its nuclear armament despite the Kennedy Administration’s reluctance to lift a 1959 ban which prohibits U. S. companies from cooperating with the French on such projects. French had hoped President Kennedy’s visit to Paris last May would bring about a change in U. S. attitude.
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