September 10, 1956

Graduate High on Books, Initiative Low


Alpa Urges New Instrument Panel

Graduate High on Books, Initiative Low

Landing Gear Design Problems Solved


Graduate High on Books, Initiative Low

A unique and significant feature of the Soviet industrial system is that each industrial ministry formulates and carries out a research and development program devoted to its particular field. The ministry not only supervises the research programs of that industry’s engineering institutes but also directs a number of institutes devoted exclusively to applied research.


Alpa Urges New Instrument Panel

This week the Air Line Pilots Assn, will make a strong plea urging the Civil Aeronautics Board to adopt a new alternative to the standard instrument panel layout now required by the Civil Air Regulations (CAR) for new transport aircraft. At the annual CAR review meeting in Washington, the ALPA will propose an instrument panel layout designed specifically around new integrated flight instruments which are slated to be used on up-coming airline jets and turboprops.

Graduate High on Books, Initiative Low

Landing Gear Design Problems Solved

Cleveland—As airplane design moves into the realm of supersonics and maximum gross weights pass the hundredton mark, landing gear weight and size problems are assuming more and more prominence. Not that efforts to minimize the weight and size of landing gear are new.


Ge Reveals 500c Components, Circuits

Remarkable progress in the development of avionic components capable of operating at temperatures above 500 degrees centigrade (932F) will be revealed this week by General Electric. The need for high temperature components which also are able to withstand nuclear radiation is one of the most challenging problems facing the avionics industry, according to USAF spokesmen.

British Emphasize Sales at Farnborough

Farnborough, Hants, England—Emphasis was oil sales rather than spectacular new technical achievements at the 17th display of the Society of British Aircraft Constructors last week at Farnborough. New orders for Rolls-Royce Conway engines, Bristol Britannia transports and Westland-built, Sikorsky-designed helicopters, although small, stirred more interest than anything in the air or under the huge exhibition tent.


Rail Fare Proposals Stimulate Further Passenger Shifts to Air

Washington—The railroad industry may risk a major shift in its $200 million-a-year first-class passenger business to the airlines. First concrete development in this direction was the petition filed by six railroads for a 45% hike in first-class fares.


Business Fliers Form Corporation to Finance Their Air Operations

Burbank, Calif.—Eighty-five Southern Californians have found a way to take advantage of private planes for business or pleasure without having to own one, or at least not much more than one-tenth of one. They are the Sky Roamers, a non-profit corporation organized in the belief that many businessmen interested in flying, but unable to justify outright purchase of a plane, could benefit through cooperative airplane ownership.


Learstar Mk. 2 Improves Over Mk. 1

Santa Monica, Calif.—Prototype Learstar Mk. 2 business transport, a Lockheed Lodestar conversion providing major performance gains without disturbing the customer’s original interior, instrumentation and equipment, has been delivered to Plymouth Oil Co., Sinton, Tex.


Service Rivalry Highlights U. S. Air Show

Oklahoma City—The 1956 National Aircraft Show was a demonstration of military capabilities. Completing a trend that started with the end of closed-course racing in 1949, the show this year was taken over entirely by the Defense Department to the complete exclusion of all other aviation interests.


Mockup of Douglas Dc-8 Shows Details of New Design

Santa Monica, Calif.—New design features of the Douglas DC-8 were shown on the engineering mockup of the big jet transport during the company’s annual open house last week. Features outlined by Project Engineer Ivar Shogran included: • Engine pylons with double camber, tailored to help produce desired airflow at both inboard and outboard pylon stations.

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