October 20, 1975

Hughes Helicopters


Eastern Dc-9 Accident Causes Detailed

Aeronautical Engineering

Helicopter Engine Technology Expands


Eastern Dc-9 Accident Causes Detailed

Analysis and Conclusions Analysis. The aircraft was certificated, equipped and maintained according to FAA requirements and regulations. The gross weight and center of gravity were within prescribed limits during takeoff at Charleston and during the approach at Charlotte.
Aeronautical Engineering

Helicopter Engine Technology Expands

Ft. Eustis, Va.—Helicopter turboshaft powerplants are entering a period of major growth, both in sales and in technology utilization. Much of this potential can be credited to technology advances in powerplants that promise to make the helicopter significantly more efficient in performance and, specifically, in fuel consumption.

Air Transport

Dc-x-200 Melds Dc-10, New Technology

Long Beach, Calif.—McDonnell Douglas designers have attempted to balance development costs against performance improvements in the company’s new DC-X-200 twin-engine transport by blending a maximum of proved elements from the DC-10-10 trijet with advanced technology features such as a supercritical wing and extensive use of composite structural elements.


Ground Traffic Control Advancing

Cambridge, Mass.—Three-phase program to introduce modern technology to increase airport capacity and assist local and ground controllers during bad-visibility conditions is gaining momentum here at the Transportation Systems Center.

Air Transport

Cab Power Faces Crucial Test

Chairman, new bureau directors race time to strengthen Board’s case as legislation looms to curb its authority

Aeronautical Engineering

Anti-tank Helicopter Training Spurred

Ft. Rucker, Ala.—Army is intensifying flight training in nap-of-the-earth tactics, low-level night flying, tactical instrument flying, and electronic warfare and communications security to provide a pool of helicopter pilots qualified to fly anti-tank attack missions in newly organized air combat cavalry brigades.

Air Transport

Cab Moratorium on Route Cases Easing

Washington—Atmosphere at the Civil Aeronautics Board in these early days of the regime of Chairman John E. Robson may be more favorable than in many years for attention to domestic airline route structures. Most carriers see an end to the route moratorium in the flurry of Board decisions to set for hearing route applications and to process restriction elimination requests—rather than ignore or deny them without hearing as was done under former chairmen Secor D. Browne and Robert D. Timm.

Air Transport

Nationalism Poses Threat to Eurocontrol

Brussels—Survival of Eurocontrol is being threatened by the steady rise of nationalism in Europe and the consequent weakening of the principle of European unity from which the international air traffic control organization drew its initial impetus.

Air Transport

French Certificate Concorde for Service

British withhold action until solution to autopilot phenomenon demonstrated; Air France, British Airways accept reservations


Research Crisis

. . . We seem to have a paradox. Either we don’t really recognize the importance of R&D—or we just don’t practice what we preach, because our country has steadily reduced its expenditures for R&D as a percentage of gross national product since 1964—and since 1967 R&D expenditures in constant dollars have virtually leveled off.
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