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N.Z. -Delegate Emphasises Needs Of Transition Period

N.Z.P.A. Special Correspondent Rec. 2.30 p.m. LONDON, Aug. 8. The Commonwealth and Empire conference on radio for civil aviation now. meeting in London is expected to last a fortnight. The countries represented are Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand, Newfoundland, Southern Rhodesia, the United Kingdom, South Africa and also the Colonial Office. In addition, delegates from America and Russia will exchange views on the operational needs of civil aviation, the use of radio and technical possibilities with the object of selecting for international discussion the most promising systems for use on international air routes. New Zealand's Special Concern New Zealand is represented by Air Commodore Nevill, Mr. C. W. Heyward, Mr. I. E. Coop and Mr. H. W. Curtis. Speaking at the opening plenary session, Air Commodore Nevill said that New Zealand had been most intimately concerned with American military and naval aviation within the last five years of the war. The bulk of the ground facilities in the Paci|ic Ocean area was American, thougli New Zealand was very happy to provide a certain number.

"We place very great importance on air communications with North America," he said, "and we would welcome the establishment of a United States civil airline down the Pacific, which we hope will be paralleled as soon as it is practicable by a similar British service. But there is obviously need for the standardisation of facilities in that zone.

"At the present time we are passing through a transition stage. Although military requirements must predominate, increasing attention is now being given to legitimate civil air transport needs. Various* boards have been established, which include some representation of civil interests, and the Commonwealth Air Transport Council recently made recommendations in this matter. Equipping Civil Aircraft "Nevertheless to-day there are very appreciable differences between military and civil practices and the types of equipment used, and there has been very substantial reasons for such differences. In theory, however, I find it very difficult to understand, the need for any divergence between military and civil methods and equipment, in the case' of military transport aircraft and civil transport aircraft, flying on our world-wide air transport routes, particularly In regard to communications, navigation aids and flying control. It is obvious that any unnecessary divergence is wasteful. "It suggests that at this stage of the war the military, authorities themselves might give the most serious consideration to the possibility of rationalising their needs in the light of future civil air transport requirements. Only in this way can the transition stage be smoothly effected and some enduring assets be salved in the waste of war.

"We are faced with the immediate problem of equipping our civil aircraft and our air routes in such a manner as to ensure that (degree of safety and reliability which will encourage the world to fly and keep the world flying. Until equipment is installed both in the air and on the ground, and, until personnel, practised in its operation and confident in its use, are trained, we have obtained no tangible.progress."

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CIVIL AVIATION, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 187, 9 August 1945

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CIVIL AVIATION Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 187, 9 August 1945

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