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Airlines and Air Safety / Landing System Controversy / Life Rafts #256696

CBS Evening News for Monday, Feb 06, 1978
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(Studio) Dvt. of systems to alleviate problems of crowded airways and resultant controversy between Britain and United States over whose system should be adopted by International Civil Aviation Org. detailed. Congress hearings into charges by British that Federal Aviation Administration isn't giving their system fair test before agency reported Impt. of controversy and its outcome cited.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Report on congress hearings and United States aviation industry's presentation of evidence to support claims they never withheld information and denial of charges they never gave British system fair chance. [Federal Aviation Administration director Langhorne BOND - doesn't know how to combat both public and private criticism of British with regard to controversy.] [British Aviation Authority spokesperson Michael WHITNEY - says there's no win or lose for one system or other, but emphasis is on picking right system. Right system will be picked if selection process is proper and open.] Other details of controversy and hearings, include expected report of committee in few weeks, noted.
REPORTER: Susan Spencer

(NYC) Details of present landing system, called instrument landing system, and of newly developed microwave landing system given. Department of Transportation film shown and diagrams of systems also shown. Controversy with regard to adoption of British or American microwave system by International Civil Aviation Org. in April, for general use around world, outlined; details of both systems described. British industry film shown. [Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson J.W. COCHRAN - cites support for American system by composite of experts' opinions.] [British industry lobbyist Michael LEHRMAN - says small group of engineers who are committed to program will never admit their original decisions wrong.] Cost claims by both sides noted.
REPORTER: Richard Wagner

(Studio) Announcement by National Airlines and Braniff International of removal of life rafts from planes in order to save fuel, with government permission, reported Loss of power over ocean by National plane last week noted. Flights now using life jackets but not rafts connect Florida with West and northe.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Spencer, Susan;
Wagner, Richard

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