March 19, 1962

AVIONICS

Microelectronics Causes Avionics Turmoil

SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Marshall Intensifies Rendezvous Studies

SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Long Thrust 2 Shows Jet Airlift Need

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AVIONICS

Microelectronics Causes Avionics Turmoil

Avionics industry is in a turmoil caused by a seemingly inevitable trend toward the use of microelectronics, which threatens to alter the traditional pattern of component maker and customer relations, the competitive position of avionics equipment and systems manufacturers, and the nature and rate of growth of avionics component makers.

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SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Marshall Intensifies Rendezvous Studies

Huntsville, Ala.—National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Marshall Space Flight Center is rapidly evolving the specific details of a broad concept of space operations called Orbital Launch Operations, or OLO (AW Nov. 20, p. 32).

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SPACE TECHNOLOGY

Long Thrust 2 Shows Jet Airlift Need

Rhein-Main Air Base—Military need for a substantial jet strategic airlift capability was effectively demonstrated here by the recent Long Thrust 2 exercise designed to test evolving U. S. concepts for delivering large-scale reinforcements to a critical area on a minimal time basis.

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MANAGEMENT

Douglas Goal Is Managerial Flexibility

Los Angeles—After five years of market shrinkage and financial losses on the DC-8 program, complicated by a wholesale turnover in top management personnel, Douglas Aircraft Co. is completing a major reorganization intended to make the firm a more effective competitor in future markets.

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MANAGEMENT

Nuclear Blast Effects Pose New Threat

Electromagnetic phenomena could incapacitate many detection and control systems for major weapons.

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AIR TRANSPORT

Senate Plans to Scrutinize Faa Research

Effort to sell new air traffic control system may be delayed by detailed examination of all projects.

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AIR TRANSPORT

Braniff Bac 111 Design Keyed to Routes

Dallas, Tex.—Advanced version of the Rolls-Royce Spey turbofan engine, which can maintain its 10,400-lb. sea level static thrust rating up through 90F ambient temperature, will power Braniff International Airways’ version of the short-range twin-jet British Aircraft Corp. BAC 111 transport.

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MANAGEMENT

Nasa Asks $819 Million for Construction

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AIR TRANSPORT

Florida Pleasure Travel Makes Comeback

New York—Airlines serving the Florida market are benefiting from a sharp resurgence of pleasure travel to that state which is expected to result in a record winter season this year. Whether load factors will keep pace with the greatly expanded jet capacities in the market is another question.

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BUSINESS FLYING

Light-twin Adaptive Autopilot Marketed

New York—Adaptive electronic autopilot for light twin-engine aircraft, developed by Minneapolis-Honeywell Regulator Co. after extensive work with high-speed research aircraft autopilots, will be marketed under the Beechcraft trade name by Beech Aircraft Corp.

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