Flying Safety on Eve of Jet Travel
Striking Air Transportation Safety Record
Giant jet transports, scheduled to go into coast-to-coast service next January, will traverse a congested airspace regulated by an air traffic control system that has not yet caught up with the meteoric rise in aviation activity. Establishment of the Federal Aviation Agency, under an act approved Aug. 23, is expected to promote air safety in the dawning era of commercial jet flying. But considering the tremendous growth still expected in commercial, private, and military air traffic, extraordinary efforts will be needed to prevent increases in air disasters, particularly from midair collisions. Stuart G. Tipton, president of the Air Transport Association of America, said on May 29: “The American airspace has rapidly become a vanishing ...