IT HAS been stated by well known aeronautical engineers that a good designer knowing beforehand the formula to be used in judging the Reliability Tour could have designed a plane which would necessarily have won the Tour. If this is so and planes can designed to meet a given formula, the matter should studied with the greatest care in order that the formula may develop a really practical plane of a type which needed.
<p>While It is true that in the services, military and naval fliers have been trained to depend on navigation instruments to a very large extent in carrying out cross-country flights, the civilian flier in general pays comparatively small regard to this phase of flying.</p>
WHEN THE lightplane movement first appeared, great things were prophesized for this type of airplane. Enthusiasts predicted a rapid growth and outsiders, astounded by the extraordinary efficiency and economy of the type, were convinced that the day of the “flivver” plane had arrived.
Leland Stanford University and California Institute of Technology to Become Centers of Aeronautical Research and Learning.
GRANTS aggregating approximately $600,000 to two California educational institutions have been authorized by the Trustees of the Daniel Guggenheim Fund for the Promotion of Aeronautics, Inc. To Leland Stanford University, at Palo Alto, a fund amounting to the income on $300,000 has been awarded for the financing of experiments and study in aviation and aeronautics.
AFTER SEVERAL months of preparation, everything has now been placed in readiness for the staging of what will, with little doubt, prove one of the greatest air meets the World has ever seen. The staging of the SesquiContennial Exposition renders Philadelphia the most favorable place in the country for the holding of the 1926 National Air Races.
Importance of Navigation Emphasized in Connection with the Winning of the Reliability Tour.
BRICE H. GOLDSBOROUGH
IN MOST cross-country flights even an experienced pilot, unless he is very famliar with the ground he is flying over, is apt to follow a railroad or some main highway in order that he may not get lost. This often means a considerable detour and even at that the pilot may lose his way.
<p>It is with the very deepest regret that it becomes necessary to report the death of Comdr. John Rodgers, U.S.N., who was killed while flying from Washington, D. C. to the Naval Aircraft Factory, Philadelphia, Pa., on Aug. 27. Commander Rodgers left Washington in a Vought UO-1, with Aviation Machinist Mate Samuel Schultz.</p>
<p>The Navy department recently awarded the contract for the construction of a metal-clad airship, provided for in recent Congressional legislation, to the Aircraft Development Corp., of Detroit, Mich. It is understood that the ship is to be delivered to the Naval Air Station, Lakehurst, N. J. within 400 days.</p>
Some Problems in the Design of An Air—Cooled Radial Engine
ROBERT W. A. BREWER
<p>WHEN ONE is confronted with a new design or product, the natural tendency is to criticise it from ones own viewpoint at the moment, regardless of what might have been the object of the designer. Thus, frequently a wrong conception arises in the mind of the critic, who may, incidentally, be a prospective purchaser of the product.</p>
<p>The evening engineering division of the New York University will offer two courses in aeronautics during the coming academic year. In the first term, from October to February, a course will be given in the elements of aerodynamics and airplane design, comprising fifteen two-hour lectures every Monday evening.</p>
Changes Result in Improved Serviceability and Even Better Performance.
THE CURTISS Aeroplane and Motor Company has recently delivered a revised 0-1 Falcon observation airplane to the Army Air Corps and the airplane is now at McCook Field undergoing test. The Falcon was described in the issue of AVIATION of July 19.
Standard Oil Co. of Indiana Progresses with Plan to Mark Airways.
THAT THE activities of our great commercial organizations are sometimes animated by other than purely selfish motives is well exemplified by the comparatively recent action of the Standard Oil Company of Indiana in undertaking the marking of the numerous airways which criss-cross that part of the United States where the Company has distributing facilities.
Packing by spurs where they wouldn’t bite me I shook the dust of Cheyenne Frontier Days out of my five gallon Stetson and rambled across the line into Denver for the National Mile High Air Meet, Aug. 1, 2 and 3. Arriving at the Lowry Field corral, I hog tied the mare to a Ford axle and watched the stampede of long and short horned mavericks hop the gate of the corral.
The purchase of ninety 24 in. revolving lights at $467.00 each to facilitate night flying on seven established airways, has been authorized by the Hon. William P. MacCracken, Jr., newly appointed Assistant Secretary of the Commerce for Aviation.
The Sky Printers, of Liverpool, England, whose process is protected by patents in Great Britain, France, Canada, and the principal countries of the world, recently made application in the United States for a patent to cover their invention.
<p>A VERY interesting Curtiss OX-5 engine commercial airplane which has been produced during the past six or eight months is the Bird plane manufactured by the Bird Aircraft Company of San Diego, Cal. The plane has a very good performance and is the result of careful design carried out by Lieut.</p>
<p>A fifteen minute later departure of northbound N.A.T. air mail planes from Dallas and Fort Worth, Tex. to Chicago, will considerably benefit Southern Texas points in their use of the air mail service, and according to the N.A.T. schedule has been altered to effect this advantage.</p>
<p>A trip of investigation to Reykjavik, Iceland, for the purpose of studying weather conditions and the possibilities of a future airplane route between Europe and the United States has recently been made by Dr. Danmeyer and Dr. Georgi, university professors at Hamburg, Germany.</p>
Sometimes we absolutely despair of ever being successful in our self-appointed task of showing the manufacturers engaged in “this airplane business” how to advertise properly. After all of our talk about it in this column for the last few months, a prominent designer disregarded our advice altogether, and had the trial flights of his Trans-Atlantic plane in the same old way.
<p>The Altoona Aero Club was organized in January 1926 with a membership of ten. The original membership was increased to twenty-five and then a suitable field was sought out. A field was located nine miles East of the city. It lies between the tracks of the main line of the Pennsylvania Railroad and the Original William Penn Highway.</p>
The Gary Flying School field is located between Gary and Crown Point, Indiana and is exactly five miles due North of Crown Point on the Southwest corner of the intersection of two concrete roads. Standard Oil Company aviation gasoline and oil are always kept on hand.
Bruce Black has disposed of his Hisso Standard to Mr. Brennan of Missoula who had a little tough luck with his faithful K-6 Standard sometime previous. Brennan is doing wonderful work spreading the “Aeronautical Doctrine” in and around the vicinity of Missoula.
Lens, filter and film to be used in attempts at long-range photography to be made by the engineering division of the Army Air Corps from McCook Field at Dayton, O., in September, have been completed and given thorough tests at Rochester by Army photographers and experts of the Eastman Kodak Company.
This winter is to be the critical period for the new air transport companies that have commenced operation in this country. The weather, which has so much to do with regularity of the operation of the air routes, will then have its opportunity to do its worst and the resulting delays will have a decided effect on the traffic that the lines have been able to build up.