November 27, 1961

SPACE TECHNOLOGY

X-15 Contributes to Structures Research

AVIONICS

All-weather Capability Studied for 707

Australia May Ease Rigid Airline Control

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SPACE TECHNOLOGY

X-15 Contributes to Structures Research

(This is the second of two articles on the X-15 research program. The first article (AW Nov. 20, p. 52) described early X-15 research, the vehicle’s flight characteristics, control systems and flight profile.) Edwards AFB, Calif.—Some of the planned X-15 research programs relate directly to the next generation of supersonic aircraft, among them the supersonic transport.

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AVIONICS

All-weather Capability Studied for 707

Seattle—Details on a joint BoeingBendix program to improve the allweather capability of the 707/720 jet transports were disclosed here to representatives of 17 airlines now operating the aircraft, and to the Air Force, at a three-day symposium.
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Australia May Ease Rigid Airline Control

Melbourne—Australia’s 10-year-old policy of rigid control of competition in civil aviation is still undergoing severe tests that could bring about a revision in domestic airline route patterns. There is no question that the policy, which is aimed especially at preventing excessive capacity and wasteful duplication of schedules, has attained some success in providing Australia with the airline service it needs.

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MANAGEMENT

Future Weapon Choice Problems Analyzed

New York—With more than 30 different systems for nuclear delivery now either operational or in development, choice of future weapons to add to the list is an exacting and difficult problem, Prof. Courtland Perkins of Princeton University said.

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AVIONICS

Caravelle to Test Autopilot Modifications

Washington—New techniques in autopilot design will undergo flight test soon aboard a Caravelle as part of a joint Lear-Sud Aviation program to lower operating minimums and eventually achieve automatic landing. Program is sponsored by the U. S. Federal Aviation Agency and the French Air Ministry.
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AVIONICS

Bendix Improves Autopilot Performance

Eclipse-Pioneer Division of Bendix has launched a three-phase program to increase the performance, reliability and pilot confidence in its PB-20 autopilot and approach coupler as a major contribution to the Boeing program to improve the adverse-weather capability of its 707/720 jetliners.

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Letters

I fail to see your “Dismal Pattern” (AW Nov. 6, p. 21), but I think I recognize another equally disturbing design. You infer that the Communists attacked in Korea because our government decided not to spend some money on weapons which Congress had appropriated.
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BUSINESS FLYING

Plastic Pa-29 Project May Benefit Entire Piper Line

Vero Beach, Fla.—All-plastic Piper PA-29 Papoose two-place “compact” lightplane, due to start flight tests here early in 1963, represents a fullscale research program aimed at materials, engineering and production breakthroughs that may markedly influence the company’s entire line of business and utility aircraft in future years.
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SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Major Space Role Seen for Plasma Engine

Magnetohydrodynamic engines will be the major contender among electric powerplants to meet in-space propulsive requirements of space vehicles through the 1970s, according to Ira R. Schwartz, acting chief of National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Space Propulsion Office.

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MANAGEMENT

Revisions in Faa Policing Policy Urged

Washington—Federal Aviation Agency rule-making and rule-enforcing procedures are expected to become more democratic, more consistent and more decentralized as the Agency implements recommendations submitted to it last week by the Project Tightrope task force.

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