October 22, 1956


Iata Urges Better Inspection Methods


Sae’s Aeronautical Meeting Tackles Range of Problems


Naca’s Mach 10 Rockets Aid Icbm


Iata Urges Better Inspection Methods

One of the most interesting discussions held during our technical conference in San Remo was an exchange of views on aircraft structural problems experienced in service and inspection techniques employed. I will not attempt to summarize the discussion that took place on this highly specialized subject—to do so would be impossible.


Sae’s Aeronautical Meeting Tackles Range of Problems

Los Angeles—The National Aeronautics Meeting of the Society of Automotive Engineers covered a wide area of problems facing the aircraft industry—from suitable ditching life rafts to heating effects from supersonic flight. Speaking from the point of view of the pilot, Capt. R. F. Adickes, chairman of the Air Line Pilots Assn. and Trans World Airlines New Plane Evaluation Committee, touched on ditching, NACA’s water inerting in a jet crash, and some performance factors.

Naca’s Mach 10 Rockets Aid Icbm

Langley Field, Va.—Design data for intercontinental ballistic missiles is one objective of hypersonic flight tests being made with multi-stage rocket-powered vehicles by the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics. Current concentration of the firing program is on heat transfer measurements.


Conflicting Policies Hamper Design Effort

USAF policy discouraging the design of military planes to CAA specifications cuts civil market.

Winter Transatlantic Air Capacity Hiked

New York—United States and foreign-flag airlines will offer about 21% more transatlantic seats this winter season than during the 1955-56 winter period, an AVIATION WEEK survey discloses. While total capacity will vary as some schedules are altered during the season, the scheduled carriers will produce an average of some 10,500 seats a week from North America to Europe.


Radically New Radar Antenna Inflates Like Balloon

Baltimore—“Paraballoon,” a radically different type of ground radar antenna that can be inflated or deflated like a balloon, folded and packed into a few small airlift containers for tactical operations, has been unveiled by Westinghouse Electric Corp.


Pilot-steered Wheel Units Move Planes

A new concept on how to propel commercial jet aircraft while on the ground without using its engines—by attaching hydraulically-driven wheel movers controlled by the pilot—was recently proposed to the Ground Equipment and Maintenance Facilities Subcommittee of the Air Transport Assn. of America meeting at Miami.


Stock Transactions

Floyd B. Odlum, officer and director of Airfleets, Inc., has disposed of his total holding of 15,099 capital shares, according to the Securities and Exchange Commission. Other transactions reported by SEC for the period June 11 to July 10:

Jet-flap Research May Hold Key to Transport Runway Problems

Langley AFB, Va.—Work under way at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics’ Langley Laboratory indicates that jet-augmented flap may be applied to jet airliners sooner than expected. On the military side, research also indicates that “tail-sitting” is the only practical method of vertical takeoff for high-performance aircraft.


Washington Roundup

The Army will not launch a satellite—“accidental" or otherwise. Despite published reports from several quarters, top Army research and development officials say emphatically that manpower, money and time of Army Ballistic Missile Agency personnel and others at Redstone Arsenal are committed to other projects, now and for the future.

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