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In order to solve it we had to experiment with charges in an aircraft flying in up to a million volts and had to successfully discharge it with this device produced by Dyna-Sciences. The letter reads in part, and by the way it is from the president of the company which developed this device: "By the way, you might be interested to know that as a result of the application of our electrostatic discharger to New York Airway's program we have had a great many inquiries for incorporation of our equipment to military navigational systems. As you are undoubtedly aware, a great many civilian applications are made from military research and development programs. From all indications here is one occasion that military application will result from civilian- New York Airways- research and development effort. Based on recent military experience with helicopters, all-weather operations are a necessity and is the next goal to be achieved. Consequently New York Airways accomplishment is extremely noteworthy and your success will aid all military services. We are proud to have joined your team in this achievement."

(The letter follows:)

DYNASCIENCES CORP.,
Fort Washington, Pa., March 1, 1965.

NEW YORK AIRWAYS, INC.,
La Guardia Airport Station,
Flushing, N.Y.

(Attention: Mr. Robert L. Cummings, president and director).

DEAR MR. CUMMINGS: I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the invitation to the Federal Aviation Agency's presentation to N.Y.A of authorization for the Instrument Flight Operation.

By the way, you might be interested to know that as a result of application of our electrostatic discharger to New York Airway's program, we have had a great many inquires for incorporation of our equipment with military mavigational [[navigational]] systems. As you are undoubtedly aware, a great many civilian applications are made from military R. and D. programs. From all indications here is one occasion that military application will result from civilian (New York Airways) R. and D. effort. Based on recent military experiences with helicopters all-weather operations are a necessity and is the next goal to be achieved. Consequently, New York Airway's accomplishment is extremely noteworthy and your success will aid all military services. We are proud to have joined your team in this achievement.

Sincerely,

LEONARD GOLAND, Ph. D., President.

The Implication of Decca Navigations System which enable us to start training with our pilots right now so that we will be able to inaugurate instrument operations probably by the month of September this year, are of an extremely important technical nature but much more significant than that in my judgment is what they will do for us from an economic point of view.

Take for example the month of December 1964, just passed. In that month, largely because of the wet weather, we performed only 66 percent of our schedules. If we had the IFR- the instrument flight regulation- capability, according to our studies- and we have studied- about 97 percent our schedules.

This isn't just a straight-line projection from an economic point of view. It is much more than that. I don't know whether it is geometric or what it is. It is certainly several multiples of the straight line because it reflects in passenger reliability and acceptance. It reflects in the efficient use of your equipment, of your personnel. It reflects in the general attitude, the whole picture. It is a terribly important development.

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