The Naval Committee has before it an analysis of the estimates for Naval Aviation for the fiscal year 1922. The estimates are divided up and analyzed as has been the case for the past two years and under the same subheads as before. The Department submits a request for a total of $35,000,000.
Reports state that the daily air mail between Berlin and Gelsenkirchen is now linked up with the important manufacturing districts within a 20 mile radius of Essen by means of a regular service of motor cycles to which the local mails and parcels are transferred from the airplane by the postal authorities on arrival at the terminal aerodrome.
The airplane that attracted the most attention at the aeronautical meeting at Buc was unquestionably the small Pischoff “Avionette” or Baby Plane. Possessing as it does many new and novel features, it seems to be the right manner of constructing a sport machine.
One of the big events of the year in aviation was the National Winter Air Tournament, Show and Races held at the Daugherty Municipal Flying Field, Long Beach, Cal., December 25, 26 and 27. Over one hundred thousand people were present and witnessed the events, ten thousand being on the field.
The Society of Automotive Engineers held its Annual Winter Engineering Conferences and Dinner January 11, 12 and 13. The retiring president, Col. Jesse G. Vincent, arranged for several interesting aeronautical conferences which were attended by many of the most prominent aeronautical engineers.
The Navy Department has released to the public a large quantity of seaplanes, engines and equipment at prices which are so low that they ought to attract many purchasers. The Aeromarine Plane and Motor Co. has been authorized to sell one hundred and twenty-five coast patrol flying boats at about one-third of their actual value, believing this will encourage the development of aerial transportation companies throughout the country, and the more general use of aircraft for business purposes, such as mail, passenger and express carrying, surveying, etc.
The Fourteenth and Twenty-fourth Balloon Companies have been conducting certain Air Service experiments at various Coast Artillery and Heavy Artillery posts along the Pacific Coast. It may be of some interest to the public in general and the service in particular to be informed as to what has already been accomplished, what is desired and expected, and the methods used.