October 3, 1955


Advanced Engines, Obsolescent Planes

Navy Aircraft Buying Faces Investigation



Advanced Engines, Obsolescent Planes

London—“American airframes powered by British engines would be unbeatable.” That statement by a British engineer, echoing a U. S. Senate staff report last year (AW Aug. 9, ’54, p. 12), contrasts the relative states of the aeronautical engineering art in Great Britain and the United States.


Navy Aircraft Buying Faces Investigation

F3H-1 contract touches off Senate, House inquiries; Congress inclined to place blame with Navy.



Claim Disputed May we refer to the letter originated by Mr. Clarkson, United States Representatives of Vickers Armstrong Ltd., published in your issue of 13 June, 1955, page 79. Our remarks in that regard may be summed up by the brief statement that Mr. Clarkson’s views do not convey a true indication of DC-6B operation in Australia as carried out by Australian National Airways Pty. Ltd.

Flashing Signal to Combat Air Collisions

A new type of aircraft light, designed specifically to prevent aerial collisions, has been developed in prototype form by William Atkins, a Northwest Orient Airlines’ pilot. Atkins says that seven companies, including Northwest Orient, have asked for units to service-test on their aircraft.
150,000 Passengers

Atlantic Summer Traffic Sets Record

Summer trans-Atlantic passenger air travel set new records in 1955. An estimated 150,000 passengers flying both first class and tourist service crossed the Atlantic and returned on regular scheduled flights of the two U. S. international air carriers and nine foreign airlines in operation during July and August, the season’s peak months, according to an AVIATION WEEK survey.


Eastern Plans $350 Million Expansion

Rush for U. S. turboprop aircraft gains momentum with order for 40 Electras; jet decision deferred.

New Avionic Products

Lab Equipment Broadband sweep generators, Type HFS, give panoramic display of several hundred megacycles. Model 1319 displays frequency range of 1.35 to 1.95 kmc., while Model 813 covers 845 to 1,375 mc. Applied Research, Inc., 163-07 Depot Road, Flushing, N. Y.

Also on the Market

Hot-air ground service coupling for jet engines has low pressure, high flow, compressed air coupling by both remote and local actuation and inter-changeability through a wide selection of installation and hose fittings.—E. B. Wiggins Oil Tool Co., Inc., Los Angeles 23, Calif.

Lear’s New Navigation System Simplifies Flying, Reduces Fatigue

Santa Monica, Calif.—Lear’s claim that its new Natural Flight Instrument (Nafli) greatly simplifies blind flying and reduces cockpit fatigue is easy to accept after only a few moments at the controls of a plane equipped with the device. The new instrument displays aircraft heading pitch and bank angle on a single 3-inch cockpit instrument, in a radically different fashion.


Manhattan’s Heliport Problem

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