Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - November 19, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
22 - THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD - Thursday, November 19, 1970 Airports lack bad weather devices to help pilots land WASHINGTON (AP) - More than half the airports in the United States serving scheduled airliners lack modern guidance devices to help pilots make blind landings in bad weather, an Associated Press study shows. The AP study, made in the wake of the 75-death Marshall University football air tragedy, disclosed that more than eight million passengers a year land at airports without bad-weather guidance beams. Even the 747 jumbo jets-the most sophisticated airliners ever built-are due to begin landing in 13 days at the Phoenix, Ariz., airport, which has no glide slope landing device. The Huntington, W. Va., airport, where Marshall's chartered twin-engined DC-9 jet hit a tree-studded ridge Saturday while coming in too low on a rainy night, has neither radar nor a glide slope device. A glide slope system beams an electronic signal at the plane to line up the crosshairs on a cockpit instrument and turn on a red warning if the jet strays too low or too high. The DC-9, like all modern planes, had the equipment-but Huntington's hilHop airport did not. Glide slope equipment nor- mally is installed only for runways facing prevailing winds and thus most frequently used. When the wind is in the opposite direction, pilots must rely on the localizer beacon associated with the glide-slope facility and make an approach such as the one at Huntington. Pilots refer to this as a "back-beam" approach. Similarly, ground-controlled approach radar normally is set up for the runway facing prevailing winds. Radar-assisted approaches can be made from the other direction, but the GCA operator has no indication of the plane's altitude. He gives verbal course corrections to the pilot, and advises the pilot every few seconds what the plane's altitude should be. Phoenix heads a list of 304 airports in the continental United States that also lack the glide slope landing device-including such major points as Las Vegas, Nev.; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Tucson, Ariz.; Bangor, Me., and Helena, Mont. These 304 airports handle nearly 2,000 flights a day- roughly one out of every nine airline landings in the U.S. At Tucson, 40 jetliners touch down daily at a desert airport rimmed by mountains rising up to 9,400 feet. In the control tower, one FAA supervisor said the lack of proper landing equipment has caused pilots at night to complain "it's like flying into a black hole." At Fort Lauderdale, a court fight over two palm trees near the runway threshhold has blocked, at least temporarily, the use of new instrument-land-ing-system equipment installed, but still idle, at an airport serving a half-million passengers a year. Warning: be sure children riding right size bicycle TORONTO (CP) - Irwin H a s k e 11, Ontario transport minister, urged parents today to make sure their children are riding an appropriate size of bicycle. Mr. Haskett made the request in a statement issued with a special provincial study into bicycle deaths. The study said a child runs a five-to-one risk of having a serious accident, if he is riding a bicycle which is too large for him. "The practice of providing larger-sized bicycles for young children so that they can grow into them is contrary to the child's interest since he needs the best-suited bicycle when he is acquiring his early experiences in traffic, Mr. Haskett said. Canadian Morley Safer wins U.S. network job LONDON (AP) - Television personality David Frost has teamed up with a London merchant bank and a New York production company to make feature films. Michael Rosenberg of the Samuel Montague banking firm said here the consortium would use British studio facilities to make low budget pictures for British distributors. Frost is chairman of the consortium, Capulet Productions. Managing director is Cyril Bennett, 42, representing Talent Associates-Norton Simon of New York. He called for more thorough traffic education programs in elementary schools. The study showed that 32 Ontario cyclists were killed and 1,681 injured in the last nine months compared with 30 deaths and 1,577 injuries for the same period of 1969. It also said injuries through bicycle collisions account for one-third of all traffic injuries to children five to 14 years old. DENSE POPULATION The population of India about 500 million. is In Harlingen, Tex., another DC-9 jet clipped off the top of a tree and a utility pole while groping toward a landing in a blind fog early this year. Harlingen is one of the scores of medium-sized airports without a glide slope. The Texas International jet pulled out of the landing attempt and flew on to Houston, trailing a strand of telephone wire over its wing. Statistics show that only 58 new ILS systems have been installed in the last six years. Most of the airports that lack the equipment are small fields that handle only scattered propeller plane landings daily. But often-crowded DC-9 and 737 jets fly into a score or more cities that also are without the bad-weather help. Many of the airports without glide slope equipment are serving college towns with such schools as Yale, Iowa, Missouri, West Virginia, Texas A. and M. Mississippi, Cornell, Indiana and Oklahoma State. ART DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC Certified Dental Mechanic Metropolitan Bldg. 328-4095 USES LITTLE Canada normally consumes about eight per cent of her newsprint production. 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