Some years ago in aeronautical research circles there was quite an epidemic of discussion on the subject of compound wings and the possibilities of increasing the lift of airfoils by what may be termed artificial means. Numerous devices, including the Handley Page and Lackmann slotted wings, were developed, and yet it seems surprising that so little has actually been done in practice towards applying this type of wing.
<p>AT A time when there is a good deal of discussion on the pros and cons of three-engine planes—whether or not three-engine machines offer added reliability in operation; the costs of operation of three-engine planes and their useful load carrying capacity—it is of considerable interest to record a very significant load carrying record recently set up by a three-engine plane.</p>
WITH again THE being approach made for of Spring the capture weather of the plans Orteig are prize of $25,000 for the first non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean between New York and Paris. At least one French attempt is likely and there seems every reason for believing that there will be stern competition on the American side.
IT HAS long been customary for city planning boards in controlling civic developments to look into the future and take cognizance of new methods of living and carrying on business. Thus, in the growth of a coastal city, if it is hoped to draw commercial shipping, the city development will be controlled to this end.
In Successful Operation Since 1922. Russian Progress in Commercial Aviation.
LESTER D. GARDNER
WHILE THERE has always appeared to be great secrecy regarding the aerial development of Russia, this has been caused more by the infrequency of travelers visiting the Soviet Republic and its distance from the aviation centers of Europe, rather than any prohibitive restrictions by the Soviet Russian Government.
Commander Rosendahl Addresses Tau Beta Pion Airships
<p>PUTTING IN a strong plea for the continuation of experimental work in the development of rigid airships for both national defense and commercial operation, Lieut. Comdr. Charles E. Rosendahl read a very interesting lecture, Feb. 2, before the members and guests of the Tau Beta Pi, gathered in the main auditorium of the Engineering Societies Building, New York City.</p>
“This cost was intended primarily to impress on the public that the direct cost of carrying passengers in a modern plane is very low and it seems that the best way to impress this on the general public is to compare it with the cost of railroad transportation.
The National Aeronautic Association has just received notice from the Federation Aeronautique Internationale that a new World record for airplanes, established in accordance with F.A.I. regulations, has been recognized by that body as follows:
<p>The contest committee of the National Aeronautic Association has agreed to protest against the regulations of the Federation Aeronautique Internationale, which credited to the United States the two seaplane speed records of Major Mario De Bernardi of the Royal Italian Air Force, made at Hampton Roads, Va., during and after the Schneider trophy race, last November.</p>
Wm. B. Oliver of Alabama Gives Congress a Statement of the Present Situation.
MR. OLIVER of Alabama. Civil aviation as a business of great importance to commerce and indispensable to national defense. This Congress gave recognition to that fact in the aviation bill passed in May last just before the Summer adjournment.
In Spite of Favorable Test Results, Practical Use of Slotted Wings not very Extensive. Two Successful Handley Page Machines Described.
THE THEORY of the slotted airfoil, of which so much was expected when it was first expounded some years ago, appears to have remained dormant, in spite of its promising aspects. It will be recalled that not long after the War there was what might be designated as an epidemic of discussion of the revolutionary possibilities of incorporating the slotted wing principle in both military and commercial aircraft, and yet little has been done in this direction.
The Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company, of East Pittsburgh, Pa., has developed a new type of airport projector for the lighting of landing fields. This is designed to furnish sufficient illumination over an uneven field, and at the same time keep the source of light low and eliminate objectionable glare in the eyes of pilots.
Postmaster General New on Jan. 28 awarded a contract for carrying mail by air on the western section of the Government route between Chicago and San Francisco and rejected all bids on the eastern section between New York and Chicago, with the announcement that new bids would be called for shortly on this route.
As a fitting memorial to the first flight of a power-driven airplane, made by the Wright brothers, Dec. 17, 1903, the Senate has passed a bill (S-4876) providing for the erection of a monument on Kill Devil Hill, at Kitty Hawk, N. C. This bill, introduced by Senator Hiram Bingham, of Connecticut, was favorably reported by the Committee on Military Affairs, and was passed by the Senate on Jan. 10.
World's Largest Single-Engine Bomber Ready for Tests
HUFF DALAND Airplanes, Inc. have just finished what is claimed to be the World’s largest single-engine plane at their plant in Bristol, Pennsylvania. This is the Huff Daland Cyclops, one of the newest designs of high performance bombers for the Army Air Corps.
Noting that the Fokker monoplane, in which Messrs. Byrd and Bennett went to the Pole, will be placed in a museum which Mr. Ford is establishing at Dearborn, Mich., and also noting that the Amundsen-Ellsworth-Nobile debate is still flourishing in the daily press, we are wondering what placard will be placed on the Norge when that ship is placed in a museum.
The most important event in local aviation circles was the recent reorganization of the Aero Club of Oregon. Fliers and those interested in aviation gathered at the Chamber of Commerce and elected the following officers: Luther Adcox, president, John G., “Tex”, Rankin, vice-president, Paul Brong, treasurer and Don S. Phillips, secretary.
An announcement has been made that has aroused the enthusiasm of local fliers and has given them something to work for during the next few months. With the acquisition of the new municipal landing field, the City of Ypsilanti has decided to hold an air meet from July 2 to 4, inclusive.
The model radio beacon installation, being made by the Bureau of Standards, is about complete. Tests made on the ground showed the beacon to be functioning properly. A trip was made to inspect the beacon of the Ford Airport, at Dearborn, Mich.
Galena, Ill. now boasts of a first-class flying field. This country, long feared by pilots because of the many hills and the naturally rough formation of the land, is now visited almost daily by the many planes in this part of the state, as well as eastern Iowa and southern Wisconsin.
The San Gabriel Valley Airport, operated by Arthur W. Callies, is located twelve miles East of Los Angeles, on a concrete highway, and two miles Northwest of El Monte, which is the end of the Santa Fe Trail. The field is 2,600 ft. long, running North and South, and 660 ft. wide.
There is a movement on foot, backed by strong local sentiment, which has as its object the placing of Detroit on the Transcontinental Air Mail route. It is the opinion of those who favor this move that it will alter the present schedule only ten minutes.
On Jan. 31 a passenger and mail plane, of the Colonial Air Transport Company, cruised for an hour and a half 2,000 ft. above Broadway and adjacent streets. The plane contained a pilot and three passengers and the flight was made for demonstration purposes.
Lieut. F. W. Neilson, U. S. N., recently reported at San Diego from the Bureau of Aeronautics for surveying the Flight Training School for Ensigns of the Battle Fleet. He has been very actively engaged in coordinating the flight training course being given at the Naval Academy and the Air Station at Hampton Roads with the course at this station.
Construction of permanent quarters for officers, at a cost of $200,000., at Scott Field, Ill., is asked in a bill recently introduced in the House of Representatives, by Representative Irwin of Belleville, Ill. The bill includes a provision for the sale of surplus Department of War property to pay for the cost of construction.
Many enquiries have been received by Aviators for information regarding state laws, municipal ordinances, commercial pilots, airports and aircraft operators throughout the United States. To meet this demand, the American Aircraft Directory will be published in 1927 in book form, with many maps, illustrations and advertisements.
There is no topic of conversation in aeronautical circles that is discussed at the present time with so much interest and in some cases with such heat as the probable cost of operating aircraft and the amount per pound it is necessary for a company to receive to make a profit.