THOSE who, with growing anxiety, have been watching the apathy of Congress with respect to federal air legislation, will find considerable comfort in the bill known as the Civil Aeronautics Act of 1923 which Representative Winslow introduced in the House.
THE French and English aeronautical press are to be congratulated on the issues they have published at the time of the Paris Aero Show. L’Aéronautique for December has all the appearance of one of the special editions of our automobile press, containing as it does two hundred pages of text and advertising.
Air Service Asks for Bids on Liberty-Engined Eight-Passenger Carrier of 105 m.p.h. Speed
The Engineering Division, Air Service, McCook Field, has issued a circular (No. 1556) covering the Design and Construction of ten Transport Airplanes on which bids are invited from manufacturers. The salient points of this type of airplane, which is described in detail in the specifications which follow, are that it should carry a total useful load of 2520 lb. with a 400 hp.
<p>New Yorkers who spend their vacations at Newport have oversubscribed funds for establishing a seaplane service for week-end trips next summer, according to the Boston Evening Transcript. Vincent Astor and T. Suffern Tailer are in charge of the project.</p>
A strong executive committee under the Chairmanship of Maj. Gen. Sir F. H. Sykes, has taken in hand the organization of the International Air Congress which is to be held in London from June 25 to 30 next. National committees have been formed in several countries to prepare lists of names for membership of the Congress, and in other countries lists are being obtained through the Aero Clubs or other representative bodies.
<p>The National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, met in executive session at the Navy Building on Jan. 10. All members were present except Lt. Cdr. Hunsaker, U. S. N. the new member, who is on an inspection trip for the Bureau of Naval Aeronautics.</p>
The de Bothezat Helicopter Lifts 3600 Lb. with 170 Hp.
Aeronautical engineers for a long time have been studying the problem of vertical flight, endeavoring to design and build an aircraft which, under its own power, without the aid of any lifting agency such as hydrogen gas or helium enclosed in a balloon, could rise vertically and move at the will of the operator through the air and then descend straight to the earth.
During the past summer the Royal Dutch Air Navigation Co. (K.L.M. Air Line) on the Amsterdam-London and Amsterdam-Brussels routes carried 995 passengers, 803,251 letters, 1,672,555 parcels, and 62,889 kilograms of cargo. In addition, 2,582 passengers were carried on short pleasure trips in Holland.
The Racing Committee of the Royal Aero Club of Great Britain, which is in charge of the organization of this years Schneider Maritime Aviation Cup race, has asked the International Aeronautic Federation to have the seaworthiness test take place six hours before the flotation test.
Compiled by the Aeronautical Chamber of Commerce of America, Inc., 501 Fifth Avenue, New York, N. Y., with the assistance of the Airways Section, U. S. Air Service; Bureau of Aeronautics, Navy Department; Air Mail Division, Post Office Department; and the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics.
In view of the renewed activity which the Italian aeronautical world is experiencing under the impulsion of the fascista government, three of whose members are airmen, the following notes on Italian air routes are of interest. Italy is a mountainous country; besides, it is very small in size compared with the United States.
The following is from a gypsy aviator who during the last two years has been barnstorming around the country. He writes : “The gypsy flier is the man who kept aviation alive after the war by flying in the country districts, far from established airplane fields. He is usually a good fellow, always broke, full of hopes, and if he sticks long enough will be a good pilot, as he hits more cornfields than aviation fields.
As has already been announced some time ago in AVIATION, the City of Gothenburg, Sweden, the chief shipping port and export harbor of that country, will celebrate the Tercentenary of its foundation with a Jubilee Exhibition to be held from May 8 to Sept, 30, 1923.
The administrative report of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, which has been issued in advance of the full annual report for 1922, contains some interesting information on recent aircraft engine development. The report says in part: Several new types of aircraft engines have been designed, and some completed, during the past year, by the Bureau of Aeronautics of the Navy Department and the engineering division of the Army Air Service.
A radio compass station for aircraft only, is located at Pensacola, Fla.; call letters NAS; wave lengths 800 meters. This station has been calibrated over an arc of 100° between the bearings 130° and 230°. Compass bearing’s are reliable only within the calibrated arc.
<p>A regular air service between Berlin and London is to be inaugurated soon, according to the German Air Transport Co. (Deutsche Luft Reederei). The service will be operated jointly by the Daimler Airway Co., the Royal Holland Air Service, and the German Air Transport Co.</p>
<p>The Huff-Daland Aero Corp. has temporarily closed its western office at 1018 Commerce Bldg., Kansas City, Mo., during the winter months and will carry on its sales work at the Huff-Daland Factory in Ogdensburg, N. Y., until the spring flying season commences.</p>
AVIATION deeply regrets to have to record the first serious accident of American civil air transport. On Jan. 13 the passenger flying boat Columbus, of the Aeromarine Airways, Pilot C. W. Miller, Mechanic H. Thompson, with seven passengers and 400 lb. of mails and sundry baggage enroute from Key West to Havana, foundered in the Straits of Florida with a loss of four passengers.
In an article appearing in the Oct. 30, 1922, issue of AVIATION there was outlined the work accomplished by the American Sectional Committee for the Aeronautical Safety Code. It was stated in this connection that when the various parts of the Safety Code now under development receive the approval of the Sectional Committee, the work will be published as the first edition of the American Aeronautical Safety Code.
The Paris daily Le Petit Journal has offered a prize of 125,000 francs for a competition of low-powered airplanes which is to take place on July 8, 1923, at a place yet to be named. The competition is open to airplanes of French construction and ownership, and the pilot must also be French.
Recent newspaper dispatches state that Captain Roald Amundsen, head of a Polar Expedition that left Seattle, Washington, last June, arrived in Nome, Alaska, by dog team. Captain Amundsen came from Wainwright, near Point Barrow, where he is wintering with the plane in which he hopes in the spring to fly over the North Pole.
Under the above heading there was published in the Jan. 1 issue of AVIATION an item concerning the preparations made by the National Aeronautic Association for the forthcoming Pulitzer Trophy race. Owing to a printing error Lieut. A. J. Maitland was mentioned as the winner of the second Pulitzer race when it should have read winner of the second place in the Pulitzer race.
Eligibility for Appointment as Flying Cadet—The Air Service circular concerning the general requirements for eligibility for appointment as flying cadet, which has previously been printed in these columns is republished at the request of the Air Service.
Official Bulletin of National Aeronautic Association of U.S.A
<p>N.A.A. Organization By courtesy of AVIATION the National Aeronautic Association of U.S.A. is permitted to present to its members and to the public-at-large, the roster of the Officers, Governors, and Committee Members of the National Headquarters and the nine Districts throughout the country.</p>