Transcribed from The Deseret News, Salt Lake City, UT, December 2, 1971, p. 8B:

Collision Warnings Suggested


WASHINGTON — All aircraft, from the smallest Piper Cub to the largest Boeing 747, should have sophisticated collision-avoidance equipment, the Senate aviation sub-committee was told here Wednesday. The panel heard testimony on a bill by Sen. Frank E. Moss, D-Utah, that would require installation of anti-collision gear by 1975.

The proposal was strongly backed by electronic equipment manufacturers, who stand to gain a market worth from $150 million to $2 billion, depending on the cost of the sets which might be required in the nation’s 100,000 aircraft.

Moss said there was a growing need for anti-collision devices to help prevent accidents such as the one last June between an Air West plane and a Marine Corps fighter which killed 49 Utah-bound travelers.

The Air West tragedy was, like the 1957 Grand Canyon wreck, the impetus for improvements in air traffic safety. The 1957 collision led to a multi-billion dollar improvement in air traffic control.

Dougles Decker, a member of th Utah Division of Aeronautics, cautioned the committee, however, against rushing to force aircraft owners to install heavy, expensive equipment which might prove to be obsolete within a few years.

Decker sid [sic] the legislation should be drafted so as to “avoid extremes which would unnecessarily cripple the aviation industry.” He estimated that there are 5,000 aircraft owners in Utah.