THE N. A. C. form of accident report which was illustrated in our issue of February 16 uses, as one of the classifications of the causes of accidents, the term tail spin. It is pointed out by one of our correspondents that it would have been better to have used the word stall.
IT WAS to be expected that Lindbergh would fly again as soon as possible after his recent accident with Miss Morrow at Mexico City. Not only was the action characteristic of his sporting spirit but it was also perfectly good psychology. Long years ago it was found that it was best to remount a horse after being thrown and the same applies to a plane.
FLYING blind through fog and cloud by day and by night has developed in this country from the operations of the air mail, and there is no doubt that more of it has and is being done in this country than in any other part of the world. American mail pilots taught themselves to fly by instruments, not because they wanted to, but because they had to, and the development of the instruments and the use of them developed simultaneously.
IN ORDER to conduct a 1928 airplane and engine survey, which, believe it or not, has resulted in a 100 per cent. return of questionnaires and can be taken as being 95 per cent. correct, it was necessary to submit to the request of several manufacturers and keep faith with them in the matter of refraining from publishing the production figures together with the name of each individual manufacturer.
THE aerodynamic laboratory of Stanford University, California, was installed during the winter of 1916-17 with the immediate purpose in view of providing equipment for the carrying on of an extended investigation on air propellers, the first stage of which was planned for 1917.
WITH the growing volume of traffic and the ever increasing size of passenger carrying planes, the building and maintenance of airports is becoming more and more important. Not only must the runways be kept in perfect condition, but the entire field should be firm and level to permit safe landings and take-offs anywhere.
<p>AFTER nearly 10 yr. of effort owners of aircraft patents have revised and renewed the cross-license agreement, first made during the World War. With the close of the war period and the resulting curtailment in the manufacture of aircraft except for certain limited orders by a few government departments, the real necessity for the agreement practically ceased.</p>
Pittsburgh’s First Air Show Begins with Large Display
At Least 26 Planes Assigned Floor Space and Many Accessory Concerns Have Booths
PITTSBURGH, PA.—The First Annual Aircraft Show ever held here was scheduled to open today and will continue to March 16. The Motor Square Garden was ready for throngs of visitors with a display which includes practically every department of the aeronautical industry.
BALTIMORE, MD.-W. Frank Roberts was elected chairman of the board of directors of the Berliner-Joyce Aircraft Corp. at a recent meeting of the board. Mr. Roberts has held executive positions with the Bethlehem Steel Co. and the Standard Gas Equipment Co. of this city.
CLEVELAND, O.—The International Air races, to be held in Cleveland August 24 to September 2, will include the first dirigible race ever planned, if efforts now being made prove fruitful. The race would be among participants from the Goodyear-Zeppelin Corp., the Navy base at Lakehurst, N. J., and the Army dirigible base at Langley Field.
AKRON, O.—A low-pressure tire designed for exclusive use on aircraft is being perfected by the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. The first public demonstration is to be given at the All-American Aircraft Show at Detroit in April, it is reported.
WICHITA, KAN.—The Frontier Club of America, an organization of sportsmen who plan to revive the days of the Old West, will purchase a fleet of Travel Air planes for use in transporting members from their homes in a big game reserve purchased near Springerville, Ariz.
NEW YORK, N. Y.—Orders for six two-place Blackburn “Bluebird” Mark IV all-metal light seaplanes, the first to be brought to the United States, have been placed with the Blackburn Airplane Co. of Leeds, England, through Lady Mary Heath for A. R. Martine of New York City.
WASHINGTON, D. C.—Approved engine type certificate 21 has been awarded to the Wright Aeronautical Corp.’s New Whirlwind Nine, or J-6, which recently underwent official tests. It is designated as a nine cylinder radial air cooled engine developing 300 hp. at 2,000 r.p.m.
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF.—Aeronautical courses in California high schools and colleges will be established under a program initiated by the California Development Association and approved by the State Department of Education. First steps in the introduction of aeronautics in the public schools were taken when William John Cooper, Federal commissioner of education, recently approved the appointment of 10 recognized aviation leaders in California to constitute a state advisory committee of aeronautical education.
HARTFORD, CONN.—Announcement is made by the Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Co. that the Bavarian Motor Works, Munich, Germany, is now in production on Hornet engines, rights for which were acquired last year. Sixty of the Hornet plants were ordered from the Hartford company to meet the demand prior to full production in Germany.
WASHINGTON, D. C.—Thirty planes, the Navy dirigible Los Angeles, and four non-rigid airships flew in tribute to the newly-inaugurated President Hoover in an aerial parade here March 4. Brig. Gen. Benjamin D. Foulois, assistant chief of the Army Air Corps, led the group in a plane piloted by Maj. Carl Spatz of the “Question Mark.”
NEW YORK, N. Y.—That orders have been placed for six Sikorsky “Amphibians” at a cost of more than $350,000 is announced by Colonial Airways System, this city. This order, in addition to previous ones for new planes totaling $250,000, brings the total new passenger equipment of the system for Spring delivery to more than $600,000. Other new planes ordered include three 14-passenger tri-engined Fords costing $200,000 and two six-passenger Fairchilds to be used for mail and passenger service.
NEW YORK, N. Y.—Two more concerns have been added to the national chain of the Curtiss Flying Service, according to an announcement here. These are the Fairfax Airport Co., of Kansas City, Mo., and the Chesapeake Aircraft Co., Baltimore, Md.
LOWELL, MASS.—Announcement is made by the Moth Aircraft Corp., here that 49 Gipsy Moth planes were sold between January 1 and February 15. Seven have already been delivered as follows : two in New Jersey, one in Massachusetts, one in Michigan, one in Ohio, and two in Florida.
LOS ANGELES, CALIF.—The California Propeller Co. recently has been moved to Redondo Beach, Calif., and production of wooden aircraft propellers is to be conducted on a large scale according to company officials. The new plant has a floor space of 5,000 sq. ft. with adequate room for future expansion.
PITTSBURGH, PA.—Plans have been announced for the erection of a building for Servair, Inc., subsidiary of the Aircraft and Airways, Inc., of this city, which recently bought the Bettis Field for $500,000. Servair is the distributor in Pennsylvania for the Wright Aeronautical Corp. products.
Pennsylvania Aircraft Operators Association to Convene March 14
PITTSBURGH, PA.—Aiming to protect the rapidly-growing aviation industry from measures and restrictions which might hamper its progress, the Pennsylvania Aircraft Operators Association will meet in Pittsburgh, March 14, during the First Annual Pittsburgh Aircraft Show.
NEW YORK, N. Y.—Following a special meeting, Air Associates, Inc., this city, announce an imediate expansion program involving the expenditure of $500,000 in plants and equipment, according to Haven B. Page, treasurer of the firm. This action was made possible by banking contracts in conjunction with the completion of Air Associates’ board of directors, which includes 11 representatives of the executive staffs of prominent manufacturing, operating and financial organizations in the aviation field.
Interest Acquired by Exchange of Stock; Firm to Keep Original Name
NEW YORK, N. Y.—Acquisition of the controlling interest in the Moth Aircraft Corp. by the large aviation group headed by Richard F. Hoyt of Hayden, Stone and Co., was announced late last week by Earl L. House, former vice-president of the airplane manufacturing concern, at a dinner given for the representatives of the press in the Union League Club.
WICHITA, KAN.—J. H. Turner and Walter Beech of the Travel Air Manufacturing Co. have formed an airplane export firm to promote the sale of Wichita-made planes in foreign countries. The Aero Export Co., capitalized at $50,000, will concentrate at present on Canada, South and Central America, Australia and the Orient.
Five of New, Three-Passenger, Open Cockpit Craft Already Built
ST. LOUIS, MO.—A line of open biplanes to supplement the cabin monoplane now manufactured by Parks Aircraft, Inc., is announced by Harry P. Mammen, president and financial backer of the airplane enterprise. The biplanes are to be known respectively as the Parks P-1 and P-2 and the monoplane is designated the Parks P-3.
DETROIT, MICH.—Details of the $3,000 cash prize gliding duration contest recently announced by the National Glider Association, and the program to be carried out at the National Glider Conference, scheduled for Wednesday, April 10, during the All-American Aircraft Show, were announced here recently by Edward S. Evans, honorary president of the Association.
SYRACUSE, N. Y.—The Empire Air Transport, Inc., recently organized to operate an air service and training school on a flying field adjacent to the Syracuse Municipal Airport has purchased 15 New Standard sesquiplanes, according to announcement of the New Standard Aircraft Corp., Paterson, N. J. The purchase represents an outlay of $126,000.
WASHINGTON, D. C.—Civil Service examinations have been announced here for an aeronautical designer at a salary of from $2,600 to $3,100 a year and for an armorer expert at a salary of from $2,400 to $3,100 a year, at Wright Field, Dayton, O., and for senior aircraft inspector at the Goodyear-Zeppelin plant, Akron, O., at $8.72 a day.
NEW YORK, N. Y.—In line with its program of expansion authorized by the Board of Governors, the Aeronautical Chamber of Commerce has opened a Washington office, rooms 403-04 the Hill Building, Seventeenth and “I” Streets, N. W., telephone, National 1115.
NEW ORLEANS, LA.—Plans have been recently concluded for a Sikorsky Amphibian, bearing seven American industrial representatives, to tour 3,700 mi. of Latin American territory and land in 50 of the leading trade centers of South and Central America, promoting good will and trade, according to Donald C. Beatty, aviator and promoter of Birmingham, Ala., who is in New Orleans to enlist this city in the plan, which is known as the South American Trade Extension Flight.
CINCINNATI, O.—C. Gilbert Peterson, sales director of the Metal Aircraft Corp., Lunken Airport, has issued a report on a recent altitude test flight of the Flamingo, all-metal monoplane built by the ncinnati firm. With a full capacity load, according to Mr. Peterson, the Flamingo climbed 5,000 ft. in the first five minutes, then attained an altitude of 16,000 ft.
KANSAS CITY, MO.—Placing of an order for 200 Whirlwind engines is announced by the American Eagle Aircraft Corp., this city. With a recent order for 300 Kinner power plants, the firm’s engine contracts total approximately $1,000,000, according to E. E. Porterfield, Jr., president.
LOS ANGELES, CALIF.—Successful test flights have been conducted on the new Courier monoplane, a three place, Kinner powered, cabin plane. Jack Rand flew the “Courier” from the Long Beach Municipal Airport and completed three loops on the first test flight.
NEW YORK, N. Y.—Seaboard Aircraft Corp., with offices at 225 Broadway and temporary hangar facilities at Curtiss Field, L. L, has been appointed distributor for the Mohawk Aircraft Corp. of Minneapolis with the exclusive sales franchise in the Metropolitan district, New Jersey, and Connecticut.
KANSAS CITY, MO.—A 10-plane order has been received by the American Eagle Aircraft Corp. of this city from its Oklahoma distributor, the Graham Flying Service, Inc., of Oklahoma City, one plane to be delivered each week for 10 weeks. The Graham Flying Service is inaugurating a statewide survey in Oklahoma preparatory to a comprehensive sales campaign.
Nicholas-Beazley Company to Manufacture New Monoplane
MARSHALL, MO.—Plans are now being made by the Nicholas-Beazley Airplane Co., to produce the recently developed Barling NB3 monoplane which was designed for the concern by Walter H. Barling and embodies several unusual features. This airplane, which has a metal structure, is a three place, open cockpit, low cantilever wing type, powered with a LeBlond 60 engine and intended for training, passenger carrying and general uses.
<p>LITTLE ROCK, ARK.—The sale of five Command-Aire planes to the Pepper Electric Co. of Greenwood, Miss., and the signing of a contract to furnish 25 others to the W. I. L. Airschool, St. Louis, Mo for delivery as soon as they can be manufactured, was announced recently by Maj. J. Carroll Cone, director of sales of Command-Aire, Inc., this city.</p>
SAN ANTONIO, TEX.—A new type parachute which fits snugly to the back of the wearer has been invented here by Master Sergt. Erwin H. Nichols of Brooks Field and recommendation for its adoption for use on Army bombers and transports has been made to Maj. Gen. James E. Fechet by a board which has studied the new device.
The Loening Division of Keystone Aircraft Corp. has appointed the following distributors of Keystone-Loening Amphibians : East Coast Aircraft Sales Corp,. Boston, Mass.; Cox & Stevens Aviation Corp., New York City; Ludington Philadelphia Flying Service, Inc., Philadelphia.
WASHINGTON, D. C.—For the year 1928, airplane accidents totalled '1,062, according to a recent report of the Department of Commerce. Of these, 368 resulted in fatalities and 322 in severe injuries. There was an increase in the second part of the year, with 390 accidents occurring during the first half of the year and 672 in the second half.
WICHITA, KAN.—Within a few weeks Pete Hill, president of the Travel Air Transportation Co., and Dyke Laudeman, veteran pilot for Travel Air Manufacturing Co., will leave Wichita for South American flight of Wichita planes. Six Travel Airs, probably all of the new cabin monoplane type, will be used on the sales tour.
M. NORRIS has been appointed manager of the New York terminal of the Washington-New York airline operated by United States Air Transport, Inc. V. A. JACKSON, aviation chief engine mechanic with eight years experience in power plant overhauling in the Navy, has signed a contract with the Universal Aviation Corp. Mr. Jackson, who has been stationed at the Great Lakes Naval Base, will have charge of overhauling work at Chicago.
It Is Reported That —A survey of several tracts near Bartow, Fla., suitable for a city airport, is being made to determine the cost of a proposed municipal project. —Mayor William F. Broening of Baltimore has asked the State Legislature for an additional loan of $2,500,000 for the development of the Municipal Airport.
March 9-16 First Annual Air Show of the Aero Club of Pittsburgh, Motor Square Garden, Pittsburgh. March 12 International Aeronautic Conference and Exhibition, Seville Spain. March 23-30 Aviation Show of the Buffalo Chamber of Commerce, Buffalo Armory, Buffalo, N. Y.
W. E. Boeing, of Seattle, Wash., chairman of the board of the United Aircraft & Transportation Co., announces the purchase of a 240 acre tract at Burbank, Calif., where an airport is to be established in which no runways will be shorter than 4,000 ft., and one will be about a mile long.
SIERRA-PACIFIC AIR TRANSIT has filed articles of incorporation in California, planning to operate passenger service between San Francisco, Fresno, Visalia, Los Angeles, and other points. The companies directors are : Frederick M. Hodge, J. F. Buckley, G. P. DuBois, L. L. Richard, and W. E. Wynne.
Air Transport Gets 33 Exclusive Bands; 81 to Be Shared
WASHINGTON—Thirty-three exclusive channels and 81 to be used jointly with ship services have been reserved for aircraft radio under the international agreement on the allocation of the continental short waves ordered effective by the Department of State March 1.
ALAMEDA, CALIF.—Local voters will be called upon this month to decide the question of re-zoning a tract owned by the University of California and now classified as an industrial section so that it may be leased to the San Francisco Airdrome, Inc., which would build an extensive airport on the site.
NEW YORK, N. Y.—No definite date has been set for the inauguration of the T. A. T. air-rail service, according to the company’s latest announcement. The present schedule planned is as follows : Leave Pennsylvania station, this city, at 6.05 P. M, arriving at the airport beside tracks at Cleveland at 7.55 A. M. ; fly to Waynoka, Kan., with stops at Indianapolis, St. Louis (for lunch), Kansas City and Wichita; entrain for Clovis, N. M., and transfer to planes for Los Angeles the next morning or take a night plane at Waynoka direct to Los Angeles with one stop at Kingman.
Pan American Grace Airways Will Operate South American Line
<p>WASHINGTON, D. C—American air transport companies now are in a position to operate the longest air mail route in the world, with the award here recently of the contract for the Cristobal-Santiago, Chile, route to Pan American Grace Airways, Inc., of New York City.</p>
NEW YORK, N. Y.—Capt. Clarence M. Knox, vice president of the Aeronautical Chamber of Commerce in charge of the Airports Section, has announced plans for holding the first Airport Convention ever held in this country at Cleveland May 16, 17 and 18.
WICHITA, KAN.—The Keystone Patrician, largest American passenger liner, has reached this city, completing the seventh leg on its flight across the continent and return. The big plane has moved in slow stages from New York, stopping at Washington, Dayton, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, St. Louis and Kansas City.
PHILADELPHIA, PA—Pitcairn Aviation, flying the New York-Atlanta-Miami mail route, has announced the following schedule, effective March 1, which includes the new service to Daytona Beach, Orlando and Tampa, Fla., and Macon, Ga. : Eastern standard time is given tor all cities except Atlanta, where the time indicated is central standard.
<p>AKRON, O.—A feeder passenger service between Canton, Akron and Cleveland, will be opened April 15 by Air Services, Inc., a new company recently organized here. The line will be closely affiliated with Stout Air Services. Tentative schedule calls for two trips a day, using three cabin planes of a type not yet selected.</p>
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF.—Flying 258,439 mi. over 3,565 mi. of airway at an average speed of 99.7 m.p.h., 44 Boeing System planes carried 139,846 lb. of air mail on the San Francisco-Oakland-Chicago and Seattle-Los Angeles routes during January.
PONTIAC, MICH.—Preliminary announcement of a civic air tour to visit every city in Michigan with landing facilities, starting June 10, and a competitive air meet at the close as the dedicatory program of the Pontiac Municipal Airport, has been made by the Pontiac City Commission.
MINNEAPOLIS, MINN.—Changes in the flying schedule of the Northwest Airways, Inc., non-stop plane between Minneapolis and Chicago, together with a reduction in the fare, were announced recently. Planes leave Minneapolis at 8:30 A. M. and St. Paul at 8:45 A. M., arriving in Chicago at 12:10 P. M.
WASHINGTON, D. C.—A general conference on the third draft of proposed regulations covering airport construction and protection has been called by the Aeronautics Branch at the request of the National Board of Fire Underwriters for March 22.
<p>WASHINGTON, D. C.—Only Americans may carry on intra-Canal Zone flying, according to a recent regulation of the State Department. The area has been designated as open to Americans and foreigners for trans-isthmian traffic on equal terms and the new ruling has no effect on that, merely limiting the flying done solely within the zone to Americans, whose planes must be available for Army use in case of war.</p>
OMAHA, NEB.—Convinced that more than one landing field for airplanes will be needed at or near this city in the near future, W. F. Frazier, Earl Rosser and W. C. Woodring of Bellevue again are urging the purchase of a tract of at least 160 acres on the plateau at the south edge of Bellevue.
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF.— Two to six mail planes of the Boeing System are in the air continually, according to a chart shown of W. G. Herron, vice president in charge of traffic, Boeing Air Transport. From 7 P. M. to 12 P. M., only two planes, east and westbound on the transcontinental, are up.
WASHINGTON, U. C.—Further study of the considerations and interests involved in permitting airplane service to the National parks will be made prior to the issuance of regulations applicable to such airplane service, it developed at the conference held February 20 at the Department of the Interior.
PORTLAND, ORE.—The Air Mail Information Bureau, a downtown office at which all questions pertaining to air mail are answered, has been opened by Varney Air Lines, Pasco, Wash., Salt Lake City air mail contractor. Hal E. Nourse, local Varney representative, is in charge of the office with Ben H. Carter as his assistant.
WASHINGTON, D. C.—An appropriation of $1,020,000 for the extension and development of Bolling Field is included in the bill for Army housing projects in various parts of the country signed by exPresident Coolidge just before he retired from office.
PATERSON, N. J.—The New Standard Aircraft Corp. is building a special model of its new7 plane for the use of Arthur von Briesen Menken in a flying tour of Europe, northern Africa and Asia. Baggage compartments and tanks for fuel for 15 hr. flying are being installed.
NEW YORK, N. Y.—The bugaboo of the Boston-New York air mail pilots of the Colonial Airways System, the 25 mi. of wooded hilly country between Tolland, Ct., and Dudley, Mass., is to be partly removed by the installation of four additional beacons.
NEW ORLEANS, LA.—This city has joined Houston and Beaumont, Tex., in a request to the Department of Commerce that radio beacons be established on the airway between here and Houston. With the opening of the new line between Brownsville and Mexico City this route becomes one of the important units in the airway extending from Montreal to the Mexican capital.
MILWAUKEE, WÍS,—An air mail radio beacon to guide pilots will be in operation by March 15 at La Crosse, with Harold Bursop, Federal radio operator, in charge. Others on the air mail service between Chicago and Twin Cities will be placed at Milwaukee, Madison and St. Paul, it is announced.
BROWNSVILLE, TEX. — The new link connecting this city with Mexico City and the entire eastern seaboard and Canada was due to be opened today, March 9. The southbound plane making the first flight out of this city in the new service was expected to have been piloted by Colonel Lindbergh, technical advisor to the Pan-American Airways, parent company of the Mexican Aviation Co., operator of the new line.
WASHINGTON, D. C.—The following list of recently completed Airway Bulletins are now in the process of publication and are ready for distribution: 533, Los Angeles, Calif. ; 534, Milwaukee, Wis. ; 535, Amelia, Va.; 536, Gaffney, S. C; 537, Waynesboro, Pa.; 538, Huron, S. D.; 539, Olympia, Wash.; 540, Dayton, O. ; 541, Alma, Mich. ; 542, Sioux City, la. ; 543, Sturgeon Bay, Wis.; 544, Knoxville, Tenn.
ST. LOUIS, MO.—A hangar and barracks are to be built at the local municipal airport for the Von Hoffman Aircraft Co., the latter to accommodate flying students taking the company’s courses. Thirty-six beds and library will be included. The hangar, 80 by 120 ft., will include a classroom, stockroom and offices.
MADISON, WIS.—Game may not be transported by airplane in Wisconsin under the terms of a bill introduced into the legislature here by Sen. W. H. Markham, who explained that the clause is merely a precautionary measure.
ROME, ITALY—Another chapter in the story of the ill-fated Italia has been closed by the report of the board of inquiry appointed by Premier Mussolini which places the blame for the disaster on a faulty maneuver on the part of Gen. Umberto Nobile, the commander.
Four R. A. F. Faiery-Napier machines are on their way down the American continent on the annual Cairo-Cape Town service practice flight. They are due to arrive Thursday, March 14. The Karachi, India, Flying Club was opened last month and became the fourth, with the Bombay, Delhi and Calcutta clubs, to be conducted under the control of the Aero Club of India.
PARIS, FRANCE.—An interesting single seat cabin monoplane known as the Mauboussin P. M. 4 has been produced by Pierre Mauboussin and M. L. Peyret. It has a high wing of cantilever construction and, powered with an A. B. C. (English) Scorpion engine, flew in tests at a maximum speed of 97 m.p.h., and cruising speed of 85 m.p.h., landing at 37 m.p.h.
LONDON, ENGLAND.—Progress of American air transport interests in the West Indies has aroused English attention. Sir Harry Brittain recently urged the necessity of action by the British government in developing air lines serving the Bahama Islands and other possessions before American companies get a foothold.
<p>LONDON, ENGLAND—An interesting four place cabin monoplane known as the Hawk-Moth has been produced by the De Havilland concern. The machine is similar in appearance to many of the American small cabin planes. It is conspicuous for the absence of a wing center section, the wings being attached directly to the top longerons and the roof covering of the fuselage being transparent for visibility.</p>
PARIS, FRANCE—Plans of the Aero Postale Company to make its planeship mail line to South America an allthe-way-by-air system some time this Spring have been announced. At present, fast despatch boats cover the water jump between the Cape Verde Islands and South America.
BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA.—It has been reported here that a 10 yr. contract for the transportation of air mail between this city and New York City has been awarded by President Irigoyen to the Tri-Motor Safety Airways of New York. A similar contract was reported to have been arranged to serve Rio de Janiero.
SEVERAL TYPES of wooden propellers for various engines are now being manufactured by the Flottorp Propeller Co., 1836 Linden Ave., S. E., Grand Rapids, Mich. These propellers are efficient and durable and much care is exercised in their design and manufacture.
ANNOUNCEMENT HAS been made by the Oxweld Acetylene Co., 30 East 42d St., New York, N. Y., of a new bronze welding rod. This product, which is designated Oxweld No. 21 High Strength Bronze Welding Rod, has been thoroughly tested in the laboratory and in the field.
THE ENDICOTT Forging & Manufacturing Co., Inc,. has for many years been engaged in the manufacture of aircraft forgings and among their customers are the leading aircraft manufacturers of this country. The company manufactures drop or upset forgings weighing from ⅛ lb. to 80 lb. to any S. A. E. specification and have facilities for heat treating if desired.
THE BLOXHAM “Safe-T-Stick” has been designed to make it possible for the instructor to disengage his student’s controls in the event that the latter “freezes” on the stick. This safety device is manufactured by the Bloxham Aero Supply Co., 3011 South Wabash Ave., Chicago, Ill.
A NEW device which enables a pilot or air line operator to check air speed indicators quickly and accurately has been developed and introduced by the Consolidated Instrument Company of America, Inc. 305 East 47th St., New York, N. Y. This instrument which is portable, is said to be the first of its kind to be developed and affords a means of checking air speed indicators after they have been installed in the instrument board of a plane.
According to the news, construction is about to start in a Delaware River shipyard, on a seadrome, which is apparently some sort of a floating island of a type which will be anchored at intervals along important water routes to permit the use of airplanes with land undercarriages.