• Short Summary

    A DEVICE CONSIDERED BY SOME AS THE GREATEST STEP FORWARD IN AVIATION SINCE THE INVENTION OF "GEORGE", THE AUTOMATIC PILOT, WAS DEMONSTRATED NORTH OF LONDON TODAY (WEDNESDAY) IN A TRIDENT JET AIRLINER.

  • Description

    A DEVICE CONSIDERED BY SOME AS THE GREATEST STEP FORWARD IN AVIATION SINCE THE INVENTION OF "GEORGE", THE AUTOMATIC PILOT, WAS DEMONSTRATED NORTH OF LONDON TODAY (WEDNESDAY) IN A TRIDENT JET AIRLINER. IT'S "AUTOFLARE" -- AN AUTOMATIC LANDING DEVICE SAID TO LAND AIRCRAFT FIVE TIMES MORE SAFELY THAN PILOTS.

    AUTOFLARE WAS DEVELOPED BY THE BRITISH COMPANIES, HAWKER SIDDELEY AVIATION AND SMITHS AVIATION DIVISION. ALREADY SOME 600 LANDINGS HAVE BEEN MADE BY TRIDENTS USING AUTOFLARE IN THE DEVELOPMENT STAGE AND IN THE TRIALS FOR AN AIR-WORTHINESS CERTIFICATE.

    IN TODAY'S DEMONSTRATION, THE TRIDENT TOOK OFF FROM THE HAWKER SIDDELEY RUNWAY AT HATFIELD, IN HERTFORDSHIRE. COMING IN TO LAND THE PILOT SWITCH ON AUTOFLARE AT 800 FEET ON THE APPROACH. AUTOFLARE FLEW THE 'PLANE FROM THEN ON, THROTTLING BACK ITS THREE ROLLS-ROYCE SPEY ENGINES AND LEVELLING IT OUT.

    AUTOFLARE WAS AIDED BY TWO RADIO TRANSMITTERS ON THE GROUND TO BRING THE TRIDENT TO A TOUCH-DOWN AT EXACTLY THE RIGHT PLACE ON THE RUNWAY. IT SIMPLY FOLLOWED THE BEAM IN, AUTOFLARE IS CLAIMED TO BE MORE CONSISTENTLY ACCURATE THAN ANY HUMAN PILOT, ALTHOUGH IT CANNOT YET BE USED FOR LANDING IN VERY LOW VISIBILITY.

    A HAWKER SIDDELEY TRIDENT, NOW IN SERVICE WITH B.E.A., WILL SHORTLY BE GIVEN OFFICIAL APPROVAL TO USE AUTOFLARE. HOWEVER, AUTOFLARE IS ONLY THE FORERUNNER OF AN EVEN MORE EFFICIENT DEVICE -- "AUTOLAND" -- EXPECTED TO BE IN OPERATION WITHIN THREE OR FOUR YEARS.

    AUTOLAND WILL BE ABLE TO LAND A 'PLANE COMPLETELY "BLIND", AND IS EXPECTED TO PROVIDE A DEGREE OF SAFETY IN LANDINGS MANY TIMES GREATER THAN A HUMAN PILOT.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAA6WK62S4FFM7GKV7HYAAVCBXF
    Media URN:
    VLVAA6WK62S4FFM7GKV7HYAAVCBXF
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/06/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:55:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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