With the flying season of 1925 about to open in the northern states, the problems of commercial flying and the obstacles which stand in the way of the full and rapid development of the use of aircraft for the transport of goods and passengers continue very much the same as they have been ever since 1919.
This Magneto Adopted by Navy Has Unusual Design Features Making It Particularly Rugged and Adaptable to Aircraft Use
In connection with the recent award by the Naval Bureau of Aeronautics to the Scintilla Magneto Co. of New York of an order for 500 Scintilla magnetos which are to equip American naval aircraft engines, the following particulars regarding this magneto will be of interest.
The new British air policy to build up an air force able to protect England against all comers and to perfect defenses, which would make any opponent hesitate before attacking the country, was presented to the House of Commons Feb. 26 by Sir Samuel Hoare, the Air Minister, and was passed.
In the above discussion we come to the conclusion that the tail plane is responsible only in a very moderate degree for the static stability, and that its main purpose is to balance the forward position of the center of gravity needed for stability.
Renault Oil Purifier—A.M. Gasoline Pump—Engine Starters
A number of interesting engine accessories were to be seen at the last Paris Aero Salon. Among these the Renault oil purifier, various types of self starters and the A.M. gasoline pump deserve particular mention. We are indebted to The Aeroplane for the descriptions of these gadgets.
AIR POWER AND WAR RIGHTS. By J. M. Spaight (Longman, Green & Co.) To a country powerless in the Air, as demonstrated glaringly in the Washington Aircraft Investigation, it is interesting to see the evolution of thought in a country like Great Britain, which realizes that when the next war comes, there must be coordination of land, sea and air forces under one Supreme Command.
The Aero Club of Belgium having created the Second Gordon Bennett Cup, the latter will be competed for at Brussels on June 7, 1925, under the following regulations: The race will be run under the General Regulations of the F.A.I. and under the special regulations governing it adopted by the Central Committee of the F.A.I. at its meetings of Dec. 18-20, 1924.
Selfridge Field fliers recently acted as emergency postmen when two towns in Michigan, located on the extreme points in that part of the State known as the “Thumb” were snowbound and had not received mail for about ten days. Port Huron, Mich., sent an S.O.S. call to Selfridge Field, requesting that a plane be sent there equipped to carry mail to Bad Axe and Harbor Beach, the towns in question.
Now that the letters have stopped coming, the telephone calls are not as numerous and the friends we meet can speak of some other subject we can have our little smile over the transposition of the captions in AVIATION, two issues back. It may be possible that one or two of our readers did not notice the error but it hardly seems probable, from the volume of correspondence calling our attention to the mistake.