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Civil Aviation Wireless Plans

Nature volume 135, page 227 (09 February 1935) | Download Citation



THE plans which have been approved for the establishment of new civil aviation wireless stations in Great Britain will provide for the establishment of a chain of wireless stations throughout the country, so as to afford full facilities for direction-finding, for communication with aircraft, and between airports. Three new stations came into operation last year, at Hull, Portsmouth and Newtownards (Belfast). A further six are under construction and will be placed at suitable sites during 1935. These sites are being chosen with the object of providing a direction-finding network covering the new internal routes, as well as to serve the needs of individual aerodromes. The equipment will be mounted on vehicles capable of being easily moved from place to place. A limited number of permanent stations of higher power are also to be erected. The first of these will be established at Heston Airport to relieve the growing congestion at Croydon. It is also the intention of the local authorities to build a station in the Channel Isles. Three new permanent direction-finding stations, in addition to those already existing at the same points, are being brought into operation at an early date on the Continental airway, at Pul-ham, Lympne and Croydon. The radio-beacon at Croydon is now being modified to operate on the aural principle, thus making it available for any aircraft fitted with an ordinary receiver. On the completion of this reorganisation there will be available for the assistance of aircraft flying on the Continental routes seven direction finders, seven transmitters and one radio-beacon.

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