Aircraft Engineering Assisted Take Off There is one point in which American designers and operators are HIS issue of AIRCRAFT ENGINEERING is to be obtainable in the showing signs of setting a standard that is of great importance. They GRAND PALAIS on the occasion of the XVIIe EXPOSITION are adapting to commercial aeroplanes the various forms of assisted TINTERNATIONALE DE L'AERONAUTIQUE and we therefore take take-off that were developed during the war. There is elsewhere a the opportunity of greeting our confreres in the French industry, tendency to utilize the benefits of refinement in design for the renewing acquaintance with many old friends and welcoming those increase of pay-load and en route performance, with the result that new ones whom we hope to make between November 15 and certain types of machine are getting dangerously near the limit of December 1. safety in overload and length of run at taking off. There is little doubt in our minds that a contribution to safety—and in the end Our Part probably the most economical method of starting off on a flight— We should like also to congratulate the members of the CHAMBRE will be the provision of either rockets or some form of catapult to SYNDICALE on their courage and enterprise in staging the first inter "boost" the aeroplane's initial speed along the runway. It is to be national aero show to be held since 1938. The Sixteenth Paris Aero noted that in America this appears to be found necessary with Salon was reviewed in our issue of January, 1939, and the machines fighters, whereas in England the need for it does not seem to arise shown at this first post-war exhibition will be similarly dealt with in that connexion (as was convincingly demonstrated at RADLETT), in our January, 1947, issue, when the principal aeroplanes and which may account for the more ready appreciation of the possibili accessories will be covered in a critical appreciation to be written ties of these devices for commercial aeroplanes in the United States. by our Technical Editor, MR. J. H. STEVENS, who will be in Paris during the fortnight. His headquarters will be at the stand of our French Genius French contemporary L'AIR, where copies of all our publications Whether some American aeroplanes will be displayed in Paris we and literature will be available, and a member of our staff will be in do not know but it appears likely that at any rate the bulk of the attendance, and where he will be glad to meet all who wish to get exhibits will be British and French. Little has been seen of post-war in touch with him. French aeroplanes in England and their appearance on the stands As most of our readers will be aware, all the present-day types of in the GRAND PALAIS will afford valuable opportunity for examining British aeroplane—military and commercial—were to be seen at them and comparing them with their British counterparts. We do the S.B.A.C. DISPLAY held at RADLETT in September and many of not doubt that they will be of a high standard both in design and them are again on view for inspection during this fortnight. workmanship and they are certain to incorporate original features which will make them of great interest to our British and overseas A British Recovery readers. Despite all that has been said the British aircraft industry has unquestionably made a remarkable recovery and has thrown off the An Announcement shackles of war far more quickly than most of us had dared to hope. It is with great regret that we announce that we are unable to It is well known that owing to its concentration on fighters and continue to offer copies of AIRCRAFT ENGINEERING at the 1939 price bombers, leaving the development of transport types to our American of two shillings per copy. We have maintained this price all through allies, Great Britain had in 1945 considerable leeway to make up if the war years but are now at last compelled to follow the lead of our the lead in new commercial types gained by the United States were contemporaries and take the step adopted by them three or four to be overcome. It can be said that so far as medium-sized civil years ago of recouping some of the increased costs of production aeroplanes, suitable for operation on feeder-line services, are con that have been imposed on us. In justification of our action, we feel cerned the lost ground has already been regained and such types as that readers are entitled to know that during the past five or six years the Vickers Viking, Bristol Wayfarer and de Havilland Dove are at all the items included in our costs of physical production—paper, least the equal of comparable types produced anywhere in the world blocks for illustrations and printing charges—have been subjected and are already beginning to come off the production lines in to surcharges, in some instances within the last few weeks, of, in impressive quantities in fulfilment of the flow of orders that have certain directions, as much as 100 and even 150 per cent and in no been placed for home use and for the export market. It is only in the case less than 50 per cent. It will, we trust, be appreciated that it is really large aeroplane class for long overseas routes that the United quite impossible for us to continue to shoulder the whole of this States still holds the field owing to their ability to make rapid burden ourselves. With the January, 1947, issue, therefore, the price conversion for commercial purposes of machines which had origin per copy will be increased by 25 per cent to two shillings and sixpence. ally been designed as military transport types. At the same time the cost of an annual subscription will become thirty shillings, so that it will be in the strict sense post free and Present indications are that when such competitive British types subscribers will receive their copies by post for precisely the same as the Avro Tudor II, the Handley Page Hermes and the Bristol amount as they could purchase twelve issues over the counter. We Brabazon come into service they will be superior in at any rate one propose to continue to make the paper available cheaply to those important particular—that of comfort and attractiveness of layout whom we are most anxious to help to the utmost of our power and and furnishing of cabin interiors. This feature is already noticeable retain the special subscription rate for students at the present figure in the medium-sized passenger aeroplanes and study of the cabin of twenty-one shillings per annum post free. Details of those to mock-ups of the larger types on the stocks is evidence of the care whom this very special reduced rate applies will be found on the and thought that have been devoted to the amenities of long-distance contents page (page xxi in this issue). air-travel.
Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology – Emerald Publishing
Published: Nov 1, 1946