AVIATION: Safety v. Payload

David Louis Behncke, mild-looking, 210-lb. president of the Air Line Pilots' Association, last week was waging a stubborn war with the Civil Aeronautics Board in his favorite cause: pilots' safety. Since the airlines cannot expect to get any new planes this year, and are operating their skeleton fleet of 175 ships an average of 11.5 hours a day, the most obvious way to meet the enormous demand for air transportation is to boost the load each plane is licensed to carry. CAB has proposed to increase the Douglas DC-3 take-off weight limit of...

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