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January 15, 1968

Safety

Descent in West Coast Crash Unexplained

Equipment

Light-Aircraft Pressure Unit Developed

Avionics

USAF, Navy Test New Formation Lights

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Safety

Descent in West Coast Crash Unexplained

About 2010 PDT, Oct. 1, 1966, West Coast Airlines, Inc., DC-9, N9101, operating as Flight 956, crashed approximately 5.5 mi. south of Wemme, Ore. Impact occurred at the 3,830-ft. level on the eastern slope of Salmon Mountain. The 13 passengers and five crew members were fatally injured.
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Equipment

Light-Aircraft Pressure Unit Developed

Los Angeles-All-plastic, reliable cabin pressurization system that is significantly lighter and cheaper than the company’s previous models will be offered in early spring by the AiResearch Div. of Garrett Corp. Weight and price savings on Garrett’s all-pneumatic system could make pressurization more economically feasible for lighter, general aviation aircraft.

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Avionics

USAF, Navy Test New Formation Lights

New York-New formation lighting system for fighter aircraft, using specially encapsulated electroluminescent panels to provide visual reference for wingmen during night operations, will be installed on a limited number of USAF and Navy aircraft.

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Space Technology

Problems Spur Changes in Ascent Engine

Buffalo, N.Y.-Lunar module ascent engine for the Apollo program is undergoing significant design changes to eliminate severe problems of combustion instability uncovered during prototype testing (AW&ST Dec. 11, 1967, p. 33).
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Air Transport

U. S. Airlines Push 'Buy American’

Pan Am leads in proposing measures to government that would meet travel curb plea without cutting too deeply into revenues

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Management

NASA Reshapes Aeronautics Role

Agency’s planned termination of X-15 reflects policy shift to study immediate civil, military aircraft conceptual needs

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Avionics

Tactical Utilization of Comsat Faces Test

Washington-Defense Dept. tests to determine the feasibility of using satellites for tactical communications with small mobile terminals and with aircraft are scheduled to begin late this year following the launch of the Hughes TacSatCom 1 satellite into a synchronous orbit.

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Business Flying

Piaggio Nears Selection of Outlets In Drive to Sell PD-808 in U. S.

Santa Monica, Calif.-The Italian manufacturer I.M.A. Rinaldo Piaggio, S.p.A. has begun a drive to enter the U.S. executive jet market with the sixto ninepassenger PD-808 and is nearing the selection of distributor outlets and maintenance bases.

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Avionics

New Avionic Products

Model TSS-507B VHF signal simulator is an automated signal source for the testing of VHF telemetry data receiving systems. The unit can provide simultaneously from 1 to 10 discrete frequency outputs in the Inter-Range Instrumentation Group (IRIG) telemetry frequency band of 225 to 260 me.
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Management

AH-56A Set to Move to Production Phase

Lockheed plans to deliver armed helicopter to Army in late 1969; long delay of program is averted by last-minute battle for funds

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