THE COMBINED rail-air services so copiously advertised in all the great terminal stations are not the only evidence of the anxious care with which railroad officials are watching the development of air transport. Equally significant is the sudden attention given to the speeding up of schedules which had been good enough in their present form for many years, and the willingness displayed to increase the numbers of extra fare trains operated.
THE TIME HAS COME to give thought to the airport of the future, and especially to the people by whom it is to be designed. Airport engineering has so far lain in an anomalous, not to say amphibious, state, poised midway between the civil and aeronautical branches of the engineering profession.
THE RACE run at Calshot produced one important surprise. It showed that increase of engine size is still the road to travel in search of higher speed. Three years ago many engineers were convinced that the end of the process of stepping up speed by stepping up engine size had been reached, and that to put in bigger engines beyond the point then reached would require increase of wing area and parasite resistance at least proportionate to the increase of power, so that the net gain would be nil.
IN NAMING Harry F. Guggenheim as the American Ambassador to Havana, the President confers a great honor upon a citizen who well deserves it. He insures that Cuban-American relations will continue harmonious, and that no opportunity of promoting co-operation will be overlooked.
THERE ARE black sheep in every flock. The con man and the gold-brick vendor are always abroad in the land, and they are skilled to trim their sails to the shifting winds of industry. General prosperity, combined with a boom in a new and romantically appealing industry, spell the high tide of fortune for those gentry.
An American Designer's Review of the Schneider Race
THIS YEAR’S Schneider Trophy Contest was, without exception, the best conducted event of its kind in the history of aviation, and was done on such a grand scale that the British deserve every possible congratulation in not only having added to their own airmindedness but for having helped air prestige all over the world.
THE FIRST National Air Traffic Conference of the Aeronautical Chamber of Commerce of America was called by F. B. Rentschler, president of the Chamber and Col. Paul Henderson, president of the American Air Transport Association, when it was deemed time that the operators get together and take stock of one another, each with a common view toward the betterment of their respective stock in trade.
ONE of the most original aircraft designs developed in several years is the recently completed Bellanca Tandem, which is intended to be used in a projected endurance flight sponsored by the Chicago Daily News. This airplane is now being test flown at the field adjacent to the plant of the Bellanca Aircraft Corporation, New Castle, Del.
Ideas for future years gleaned from observation at Cleveland
EDWARD P. WARNER
THE NATIONAL AIR RACES are built upon the experience of past years. Improvement has come gradually in most of their features by repeated trial; by eliminating flaws, and by meeting such criticisms as have justly been made. That they have attained to a very high quality as a display admits of no doubt, but in order that progress may continue it continues to be necessary that each year’s experience be carefully studied.
A FULL DESCRIPTION of the actual race incidents of the Schneider Trophy, flown over the Solent on Sept. 7, will not be needed now, but there were many incidents not referred to in the world newspapers which have a distinct technical interest, chief among which was a last minute change of a complete cylinder block of the Rolls Royce engine in the winning machine, Flying Officer Waghorn’s Supermarine S6.
FOR THE FIFTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR, pilots representing manufacturers of America's commercial airplanes will assemble at Ford Airport, Detroit, just previous to Oct. 5 to vie with one another for supremacy in airplane reliability and efficiency.
Love Wins Circular Derby; Goebel in Race From Mexico
KANSAS CITY (Mo.)—With a full program of events for the first afternoon, and a generous schedule of races and special features for the succeeding nine days, the International Air Circus and Pilots’ Reunion was opened at Fairfax Airport Sept. 21.
CINCINNATI (ohio)-^Unfilled orders sufficientto keep the plant operating at capacity for the rest of the year are reported by officials of Aluminum Industries, Inc., following the return of Chief Engineer M. A. Beckmann from a trip to various plants allied with the automotive industry.
NEW YORK (N. y.)—A new earth inductor compass is announced by Consolidated Instrument Company of America. Aircraft Control Corporation, Philadelphia, a manufacturing and research division of Consolidated, has developed the new compass.
<p>WASHINGTON (D.C.)—Following varied tests, the United States Navy Department has accepted the ZMC-2 all-metal dirigible, according to announcements here. Word is also received from New York that Barber & Baldwin, Inc., underwriting agency, had insured the airship for the entire series of trial flights.</p>
LOS ANGELES (calif.)—Acquisition of a controlling interest in Joseph Kreutzer Corporation has been announced by Howard Throckmorton, president of the Valley Portland Cement Company. Mr. Throckmorton has stated that the group which developed the Kreutzer tri-engined Air Coach will be retained and that several nationally known executives will be added to the organization in a program for expansion of Kreutzer activities.
NEW \ ORK (N. y.)—Los Angeles will be the location of a new $300,000 factory to be built by Fokker Aircraft Corporation for the construction of Fokker F-32 transport planes, according to an announcement by Harris M. Hanshue, president, and J. A. Talbot, chairman of the board.
BELLEVILLE (N. j.)—American Cirrus Engines, Inc., has begun its removal from the local plant to the old Wills-St. Clair automobile, factory at Marysville, Mich., which will be its future home. The Marysville plant provides 235,000 sq.ft, of floor space in two three-story brick structures.
INDIANAPOLIS (ind.)—The new Chevrolair engine, it is announced, will shortly be put into production here by Arthur Chevrolet Aviation Motors Corporation. The1 new power plant was demonstrated in a new Travel Air low-wing plane at the National Air Races.
BUFFALO (n.y.)—Successful tests of two new models of Irvin Air Chutes have been made here, according to an announcement by George Waite, president of the Irving company. Production of the new parachutes will be started as soon as patent papers have been filed.
PHILADELPHIA (pa.)—The Pitcairn Cierva Autogiro Company announces withdrawal of the three rotor planes which were listed as entries in the National Air Tour scheduled to leave Detroit Oct. 5. One or two of the Autogiros, however, may participate in the various tests that the Tour craft must undergo prior to the start.
SACRAMENTO (CALIF.) - West American Aviation Corporation has been formed here with a capitalization of $2,000,000 to operate airlines and airports, taxi service, and to manufacture airplanes. The company has acquired Western Coast Airways, and is merging and purchasing operating units at Fresno, San Jose, Modesto and other cities.
DAYTON (ohio)—Two Dayton Bear engines have been shipped to Germany by the Dayton Airplane Company, this city. The purchaser is Bayerische Flugzeugwerke Company, which plans to use the power plants in two types of sport planes.
ST. LOUIS (MO.)—Final arrangements are being completed for the Gordon Bennett International Balloon Race, which is scheduled to start here this Saturday (Sept. 28). Three of the nine entries in this eighteenth contest are representing the United States.
NEW CASTLE (del.)—A new sixplace Bellanca Pacemaker monoplane is being delivered to Inter-Island Airways Ltd., of Honolulu, according to the Bellanca Aircraft Corporation here. Tela Railroad Company, subsidiary of United Fruit Company, has also purchased a Pacemaker, which will be used in Honduras and other Central American states.
ST. JOHNS (que.)—Russell Manufacturing Company, Middletown, Conn., has opened a Canadian plant at this city. Among the many items made by this firm are eotton cloth for airplane wings, aero rubber shock cord, parachute shroud lines, and pilots’ safety belts.
NEW YORK (N. Y.)—With the acceptance of nine new entries, the entry list for the Guggenheim Safe Airplane Competition has been closed, according to an announcement by Harry F. Guggenheim, president of the Guggenheim Fund for the Promotion of Aeronautics.
BUFFALO (N. y.)—Exclusive export sales rights of all planes built by General Airplanes Corporation, with the exception of Canada, have been contracted for by Simmons Aircraft Division of Steel, Inc. Included in the agreement are rights for the new General “Mailplane.”
VANCOUVER (B. c.)—Three standard model Boeing planes are in production in the new factory here, work on which was begun only a few months ago. The new plant, with 30,000 sq.ft, of floor space, will operate in connection with Hoffar-Beeching shipbuilding company, which has merged witn Boeing/ When full production is reached, the combined companies will have a pay-roll of about $500,000 per year.
NEW YORK (sr. y.)—Pan American Grace Airways has leased space for general offices on the thirtieth floor_ of the new Chanin Building, this city, according to an announcement by the Chanin Construction Company. This is the eleventh air firm to locate in the building.
NEW* YORK (N. y.)—For tentative reservations of space in the Western Aircraft Show, Los Angeles, Nov. 9-16, The National Class “A” Show, St. Louis, February, 1930, and the New York Aircraft Salon, May 3-10, 1930, exhibitors are asked to forward approximate requirements to the Show Department, Aeronautical Chamber of Commerce immediately.
NEW YORK ( N. y.)—Charles M. Schwab and his associates have made an entrance in the aviation field through the transfer of the Atlantic City Motor Speedway to General Aero Corporation and the investment of more than $800,000 in the General company, according to Warren W. Lewis, vicepresident.
BOSTON (mass.)—Curtiss Flying Service was the low bidder for the aerial tax map to be made for the city of Boston, at a price somewhat under $15,000. Joseph Barber will pilot a Fairchild cabin plane for Edward Ratusdell, Curtiss photographer.
BARBERTON (OHIO)—An electrical laboratory here is to be the scene of a series of experiments to determine the effect of lightning on fabriccovered and all-metal airplanes. The experiments will be conducted by Stewart Aircraft Corporation.
CLEVELAND (oiiio)—Purchase of a ten-acre site at St. Catherines, Out., is announced by Thompson Products, Inc., this city. A large factory is to be erected on the plot to constitute a base through which Canadian and British interests may better be served.
<p>BALTIMORE (MD.) —Negotiations are under way for the acquisition of Berliner-Joyce Aircraft Corporation, this city, by Allied Aviation Industries, Inc. No definite action has yet been taken, but it is understood that the project will be effected through an exchange of stock.</p>
SCHENECTADY (N. y.)—General Electric Company has perfected and placed on the market an electrically operated gasoline gage stated to give accurate readings under practically every condition of normal flight. It depends for its operation on the pressure of gasoline to be measured.
PORTLAND (ore.)—United Aircraft & Transport Corporation enjoyed a substantial increase in its net income for July, according to W. E. Boeing, chairman of the board. Income for the month amounted to $1,356,021.11 bringing the total for the first seven months of the year to $5,817,559.59.
<p>DETROIT (mich.)—Ex-Cell-0 Aircraft and Tool Corporation, this city, announces that the third addition to its Oakinan Boulevard plant in less than a year and half will be ready for occupancy before the end of October. The latest addition is a 112 ft. x 440 ft. annex representing a 175 per cent increase in manufacturing space.</p>
BREMERTON (WASH.) —According to reports here, the Russian plane “Land of the Soviets” has been flown from Kamchatka across the Bering Strait to Attu, the most western of the Aleutians, and will shortly take off for Dutch Harbor, Unalaska, to continue its journey to Seward, Sitka, Seattle, and finally New York.
ATLANTA (ca.)—First of five large tri-engined all-metal monoplanes now under construction at the Candler Field plant of Atlanta Aircraft Corporation probably will be completed in December or early January, it is announced. One plane per week is expected to be produced with production underway.
ST. LOUIS (mo.)—The Detroit Aircraft Corporation, which recently purchased Parks Aircraft, Inc., following acquisition of Ryan Aircraft Corporation last summer, plans a wide development here according to Edward S. Evans, president of the .holding company.
WASHINGTON (n. c.)—Approved type certificates have been issued to six more airplanes. According to certificate, make and designation, type, power plant, useful load, and gross weight, they are as follows : No. 228— Great Lakes Model 2T-1A, two-place open biplane, Cirrus Mark III, 578 lb., 1.580 lb. ;
HOUSTON (tex.)—The Curtiss Flying Service of Texas ended its cotton dusting season for the year with the return of Phil Fairless, pilot, from Navasota, where he finished the last crop scheduled. More than 200,000 acres of Texas cotton has been dusted.
NEW YORK (N. y.)—Organization of two companies for operation in Cuba has been announced here by the CurtissKeys and the Fairchild interests, which will have a substantial representation among the officials of each of the new enterprises.
<p>CINCINNATI (OHIO) — Announcement is made here by John Paul Riddle, vice-president and general manager of Embry-Riddle Company, that the firm believes deeply in the possibilities of gliders and light planes and is therefore sending Capt. Wright Vermilya, director of the Embry-Riddle school, and Ross A. Wiegand, public relations man, for a three-month European survey.</p>
BALTIMORE (md.)—The Glenn L. Martin Company, producers of military aircraft, will make an early public offering of stock, it is announced. The company has erected a new plant here, which is expected to be in operation in October. On completion of its financing, the company will have outstanding 675,000 shares of no par-value stock.
SAN FRANCISCO (cal.)—With increased calls for the firm’s air strut, Gruss Air Spring Company of America, Ltd., announces that after Oct. 1 the organization will occupy new and larger quarters at 4536 District Boulevard, Central Manufacturing District, Los Angeles.
JACKSONVILLE (FLA.) — Various communities in Florida have appointed members to the state-wide aviation organization that is being formed under the auspices of the State Chamber of Commerce, the aero committee of which is headed by Lieut. E. C. Neilson, Orlando.
FORT WORTH (tex.)—Construction of a twenty-story building to house aviation companies in this city will be started about Feb. 1, 1930. It is to be known as the Aviation Building, and is believed to be the first large building in the country devoted primarily to aeronautical companies.
WASHINGTON (D. C.) — That the Army Air Corps may avail itself of the latest information on foreign aeronautical matters, Maj. George E. Lovell, Air Corps, assistant military attaché at Rome, Italy, has been directed to make a tour of inspection of air fields and centers throughout Italy.
<p>BUFFALO (N.Y.)—Assembling or the new 32-passenger Consolidated Commodore, largest flying boat developed in America, has been completed and tests of the craft are under way here. Built for the New York, Rio and Buenos Aires Line to be used in their 8,500 mi. route between North and South America, the Commodore will be brought to New York as soon as test flights are completed, christened the “Buenos Aires,” and used as the flagplane of the line.</p>
WASHINGTON (D. c.)—Students of the Air Corps Advanced Flying School, Kelly Field, Tex., will be required to serve in the Army for a period of two years after graduation, in accordance with regulations recently issued by the War Department.
MILWAUKEE (wís.) — Hamilton Aero Manufacturing Company will remain in Milwaukee, it is announced by Arvid Nelson, superintendent, upon receipt of word from Thomas F. Hamilton, Seattle, president. The message denies reports that the firm, which recently was made a subsidiary of Standard Steel Propeller Company in the United Aircraft & Transport group, would be moved to Pittsburgh, location of the Standard concern.
NEW YORK (N. y.)—Telegrams have been sent out by the American Society for Promotion of Aviation to leaders of industry, press, politics, and aviation throughout the United States asking support for the Society’s effort to have Congress appropriate money to give airplanes gratis to civilian flying clubs as is now done in Canada and England.
VALLEY STREAM (L. I„ N. Y.) -Advanced students of Curtiss Flying School here participated in an impromptu air meet at Curtiss Field Sept. 18. The competition, which included several events such as landing to a mark, acrobatics, and a 10-mi. race in Fledgling planes, was won by Miss Frances Harrell.
A check of official results and data of the National Air Race events at Cleveland, Aug. 24-Sept. 2, brings announcement of several modifications, changes, and corrections in figures and statements. Among them are the following : In Event No. 3, experimental plane race for civilians, first place, not second, went to Douglas Davis, who flew the Chevrolet D-6 powered Travel Air low-wing.
COLORADO SPRINGS (COLO.) -Winners of prizes consisting of an Eaglerock airplane, a $1,000 scholarship to Guggenheim School of Aeronautics, N. Y. U., and sixteen 10-hr. flying courses are announced by Alexander Aircraft Company, this city, as the culmination of the Eaglerock Awards competition conducted among college students early this year.
Waco—McQueen & Moore, Stockton, Calif. Spartan—A. E. Rohde, Tucumcari, N. M. ; for New Mexico; B. J. Wickham, Council Bluffs, la. ; F. C. Adams, Sapulpa, Okla. BELLANCA - Inter - Island Airways, Ltd., Honolulu ; for the Hawaiian Islands.
SAN DIEGO (CALIF.)—Six glider pilots from Long Beach, Riverside, and San Diego entered craft in the first Pacific Coast Glider Meet, held in San Diego Sept. 1 and 2. The meet was sponsored by Pacific Beach Business men’s Association and was official in every respect, being timed and judged by representatives of the N.A.A.
MADISON (wís.)—Two out-of-state corporations have been granted corporation licenses, it is reported here. They are Standard Steel Propeller Corporation of Pennsylvania, which was given permission to dispose of 370,000 parvalue shares of its capital in Wisconsin, and Curtiss Flying Service of the Middle West, Inc., Delaware.
WASHINGTON (D. c.)—Aeronautics Branch, Department of Commerce, has announced appointment of supervising inspectors for the nine aircraft inspection districts. Inspectors and their territory are as follows : District 1—Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey ; W. O. Sargent, Roosevelt Field No. 2, Garden City.
WICHITA (kan.)—Under a plan just announced by Swallow Airplane Company, this city, a flying course will be given with every purchase of a Swallow plane. The company, according to W. C. Vail, firm sales manager, has completed the arrangements with more than one hundred air schools scattered over the country.
DETROIT, (mich.)—With the addition to its engineering staff of A. Ralsten Stall), Aircraft Products Corporation, this city, announces its entrance into the pontoon, hull, and ski business. Ralph S. Irwin, firm president, states that deliveries will he made on the initial pontoon order about the middle of October.
<p>DETROIT (mich.)—In order to consolidate all departments at one location, and to care for increased business, Federal-Mogul Corporation, manufacturers of bearings, bushings, bearing metals, die castings and allied products, has built a new $300,000 foundry and added 26,400 sq.ft, of space to its factory.</p>
Johnson Airplane & Supply Company, Dayton, Ohio, has been acquired by a Cincinnati holding company whose name has not yet been announced. Three Curtiss Fledgling training planes have been received by the aviation unit of the Minneapolis (Minn.) Naval Reserve, which has its headquarters at Wold-Chamberlain Field.
Surveys of emergency fields and beacon sites on the new Cleveland-Youngstown - Pittsburgh - Washington airway have been completed and bids for the construction work are to be advertised soon. Thompson Aeronautical Corporation, Cleveland, Ohio, has asked for bids for the erection of a 210x164 ft. brick-steel hangar at Pontiac (Mich.) Municipal Airport, to cost about $70,000.
MACK FLYING SERVICE, INC., Brooklyn, New York; capital 200 shares no par-value stock; by Frederick J. Schulz, James J. Mackie and John Dean. MAINE AIRPORT TRANSPORT COMPANY, Portland. Me. ; by Harry Wishman, Jr., T. Y. Springer, and J. J. Biasi ; to sell planes, teach aviation, take aerial photographs and carry passengers.
JOSEPH LEOPOLD, HUGH W. GALLAHER and EDWARD O. MCDONNELL have been re-elected Class A directors of Consolidated Instrument Company of America, Inc. At the meeting of stockholders held recently in New York City, JOHN MEAGHER, ROBERT E. JENNINGS and COMDR. F. K. GUNDLACH were elected Class B directors.
UNIVERSAL AVIATION SCHOOL, Rochester, Minn., is moving into the new $50,000 hangar constructed by the city on the municipal airport. OZARKS FLYING SCHOOL has been established at Siloan Springs, Ark., with F. D. Henderson as instructor.
BOSTON (MASS.)—Aviation experts discussed the development of private and municipal airports and their relation to the community at the New England regional airport conference staged here Sept. 23 by the Aeronautical Chamber of Commerce, members of the Boston Chamber of Commerce and others.
<p>OMAHA (Neb.)—Requests from many cities in the Middle West that the Aeronautics Branch send airport experts there to assist local authorities in selecting sites for airports will be complied with shortly, the Aeronautics Branch of the department has announced.</p>
LOS ANGELES (calif.)—Substantial increases in traffic over the Los Angeles-El Paso route are reported by J. T. Whitlaw, traffic manager for Standard Airlines, Inc. With a total of 3,142 passengers for August, the traffic report for that month shows an increase of 92.3 per cent over July, and the freight and express revenue for August shows a gain of 78 per cent over the preceding month.
<p>SEATTLE (wash.)—Leaving the base on Lake Union at 9 a.m., Sept. 8, the Juneau, flagship of the AlaskaWashington Airways, inaugurated air service between Seattle and Tacoma, which later in the week was extended to Olympia. The new service includes six daily round trips, leaving Seattle at 9 and 11 a.m. and at noon, 1:30, 2:30, and 3 :30 p.m.</p>
NEW YORK (N. y.)—Considerable airmarking is being carried out in various parts of the country under private and public auspices, according to reports being made here. Prominent among these is the campaign of the New England Council, of Boston, Mass., to secure liberal marking of communities throughout the New England States and the announcement of the Standard Oil Company of Kentucky that it will undertake the airmarking of roofs of its plants in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Kentucky and Mississippi—most attention being paid to marking along the regularly used airways.
WASHINGTON (D. c.)—The establishment of a chain of aircraft radio communication facilities, each chain or group being designated by a color, is one of the features of the latest pronouncement of the Federal Radio Commission in the field of aviation radio.
<p>MIAMI (fla.)—The latest addition to the foreign air mail system being developed under American auspices has been opened by Pan American Airways between San Juan, Porto Rico, and Paramaribo, Dutch Guiana. The new route was inaugurated Sept. 22-23 by Colonel Lindbergh, technical advisor for the Pan American company, using a Sikorsky amphibion.</p>
TULSA (okla.)—Despite necessary increases in operating expenses during August, the Tulsa Municipal airport showed a net profit of more than $4,012.87 for the month, according to the monthly financial report. Total sales from gas and oil amounted to $12,327.90 of which $3,374.66 was profit.
SALT LAKE CITY (utah)—Regular flying service between this city and Ely, Nev., was inaugurated on Sept. 4 by the Seagull Air Lines, Inc. Flights will be made on regular schedules Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. The company has applied for a mail carrying contract between these two points.
<p>MONTREAL (QUE.) —Curtiss-Reid Airways, with its base at St. Fehden, Que., is running a regular service to Chibougamau, in the northern mining district, carrying between 6,000 and 8,000 lb. of supplies daily. Service to other points in the territory are being provided and this has necessitated another base being established.</p>
WASHINGTON (D. c.)—With the approach of winter it has been announced by the Post Office Department that a reassured revision of air mail schedules will be effected on certain lines. The changes are to conform to shorter daylight hours.
WASHINGTON (D. c.)—Oct. 12 has been set as the date for the opening of the American air mail service between Santiago, Chile, and Buenos Aires, according to the Post Office Department. This will be a continuation of the weekly service now operated between Miami and Santiago by way of Cristobal by Pan American Airways and associates and the same interests will operate the new service.
KANSAS CITY (kan.)—While waiting their turn for night flights from the Fairfax Airport here, prospective passengers while away the time by dancing on the smooth cement floor of one of the hangars. The dance area is illuminated by the landing lights.
ST. LOUIS (MO.)—Pilots of the St. Louis division of the Universal Aviation Corporation are making practice flights at night here in order to be fully prepared for the winter season. The men are pilots on the St. LouisChicago and St. Louis-Kansas City-Omaha routes.
Length ROUTE of Route Number and Termini (Mi.) 1. Boston-New York.......... 192 2. Chicago-St. Louis.......... 278 3. Chicago-Dallas............ 1,059 4. Salt Lake City-Los Angeles. 600 5. Salt Lake City-Pasco....... 530 8. Seattle-Los Angeles........ (a) 1,141
BOSTON (mass.)—The Whittredge Portable Buildings Company has gone into the hangar business on a large scale as a branch of its portable buildings service, and has erected several new hangars at the various airports recently, including a 60x60x12 hangar at Muller Field, Revere; a 60x70x10 hangar at the Dennison Airport, Quincy, a 60x80x12 hangar at the Parlin Airport, Newport, N. H., a 60x60x12 hangar at the Fitchburg-Leominster Airport and a 40x40 xl2 hangar at Thayer Field, Grafton, Mass.
CLEVELAND (ohio)—An air mail week which is hoped to be national in scope is to be sponsored October 7-12 during the period of the Direct Mail Advertising Association’s convention here. The movement was started by the Cleveland Advertising Club and advertising clubs throughout the country have promised to co-operate by sponsoring the movement in their localities.
NEW YORK (N. y.)—Charter service between this city and any hunting resort in the eastern part of the United States is being undertaken seriously tins fall by the Curtiss Flying Service. New Brunswick, Quebec, the Carolinas, Maine and other popular hunting grounds are within about 5 hr. flying of 42d St., New York, the company announces.
The largest of the recent airport dedications was that staged at the 180acre Central Airport, Camden, N. J., near Philadelphia, September 21. This field is expected to serve principally Philadelphia and already has been designated as the official air mail stop for the city, replacing the Philadelphia Municipal Airport.
<p>LOS ANGELES (Calif.)—Pacific Air Transport celebrated the third anniversary of the inauguration of service over the Los Angeles-Seattle route, on Sept. 15. During the three years a total of more than 2,500,000 mi. have been flown in scheduled operation with mail and passengers.</p>
IATEST reports from the field indicate -/that construction has not lowered its pace with the advent of the fall season. Contracts are being awarded for ground preparation and for new buildings, while work is maturing rapidly on many projects previously started.
NEW \ ORK (N. y.)—Airport paving problems will be discussed by the delegates at the eighth annual Asphalt Paving Conference to be held at West Baden Springs Hotel, West Baden, Ind., October 28-November 1, inclusive, under the auspices of the Asphalt Association, 441 Lexington Ave., New York City.
WASHINGTON (D. c.)—The following subjects and speakers have been announced for the municipal airport conference to be held here Oct. 24-25 under joint auspices of the American Road Builders’ Association and the Aeronautics Branch. The conference is being arranged by Maj. Donald A. Davison.
LONDON (ENGLAND)—An interesting 17-passenger seaplane is being built by Short Bros., Ltd. It is the largest machine of the seaplane type and in several ways departs from the usual British practice of large plane construction. While built primarily as a seaplane it may be readily changed into a land plane by substitution of a different undercarriage and wheels for the twin floats.
ROME (italy)—The Aero Club of Italy is planning an International Exhibition of Arts and Propaganda for the purpose of emphasizing the artistic needs of modern aviation. The exhibition will be held in Rome, either in December, 1929, or in April, 1930, and will be divided into various groups such as architecture, sculpture, decoration, photography and cinematography, and airplane body construction.
MELBOURNE (australia)—During the six months ended June 30 this year, there has been an increase of 45 civilian aircraft in this Commonwealth. The number of machines now totals 181. The number of pilots has increased from 306, as of December 31, 1928, to 336 on June 30. Of these, 104 are private pilots and 132 commercial pilots.
BERLIN (Germany)—The Albatros Aeroplane Works here has built a new plane, Albatros L 82, for sport flying. It is a two-place biplane with dual controls. The wing is built in conventional manner with two wooden box-spars and ribs, but without internal bracing.
BREMEN (Germany)—Following the recent successful trials with the Kiwull Try Contact Device on board the steamer Liitzow, it is intended to install the device on the liner Bremen of the North German Lloyd. As is known the Bremen is fitted with a catapult plane, which brings express mail from the sea to land.
MEXICO CITY (mexico)—Elaborate preparations are being made for the celebration here Dec. 10-16 of Aviation Week, the first celebration of its kind to be staged in Mexico. The affair will be conducted under the auspices of the Mexican Association of Aeronautics.
BERLIN (GERMANY) —Development of Luft Hansa’s service between this city and Rio de Janeiro is reported to be progressing. The project is being pushed to completion step by step, as rapidly as problems of operational and political nature permit.
ALTENRHEIN (Switzerland)—The Dornier plant is constructing two more flying boats of the Do. X type. As it took over 600,000 man hours to build the Do. X. its sister planes are not expected to be ready for another two years it is reported.
BERLIN (oermany)— On Sept. 4 the German pilot, Gerd Achgilles, flew 37 min. continuously in the inverted position, using a Focke-Wulf "Kiebitz” with Siemens Sh 13 engine. Till now this record was held by the stunt pilot Gerhard Fieseler, with a record of 16 min.
MALMO (SWEDEN) — L’A.B. Flygindustri, Swedish airplane manufacturing concern, has built here under license from the Junkers firm, of Dessau, Germany, a Junkers S37 type of combat plane. The machine has a distinctly international aspect since in addition to being a German machine built in Sweden, it has two British Jupiter 480 hp. engines.
<p>MEXICO CITY (Mexico)—The Mexican Aviation Company, which operates mail and passenger services between Mexico City-Tampico-Brownsville : Vera Cruz-Merida and Vera CruzTapachula, has made arrangements with the Mexican government for native commercial pilots to fly as co-pilots on its routes.</p>
It is reported in England that a British company has acquired the airship shed at Cramlington Airport, Northumberland, and will operate small airships of 60,000 cu.it. capacity and 140 ft. long fitted with a 75 hp. Á.B.C. Hornet engine for surveying, photography, passenger carrying and advertising.
IN ORDER to save time in the process of opening and closing hangar doors, an electric power unit for this purpose has been developed by the Allen & Drew, Inc., 43-45 Brookford St., Cambridge, Mass. This device is easily installed and requires no modification of the door system of the hangar.
KNOWN by the trade name “Eonite,” a fire proofing liquid which is applicable to aircraft woods and fabrics is being marketed by the Eonic Chemical Corporation, Ltd., Los Angeles, Cal. Eonite is made from a formula of Dr. O. T. Hodnefield and Dr. W. W. Shartel, Los Angeles chemists.
AN improved vise for holding cables during splicing - operations has been invented by Idar O. Stangbye of Los Angeles, and is being marketed through W. Buff, 205 South Broadway, Los Angeles, Calif. Patents have been granted covering this invention and several of the vises have been placed in service by commercial aircraft manufacturers and by the U. S. Government Air Service with a labor saving on cable splicing reported to be 65 per cent.
HAVING BEEN AWAY from the office for ten days or so, the following communication from T. G., of Anglum, St. Louis Co., Missouri, is getting delayed attention: “Apropos to your comments on the ‘St. Louis Robin’ in Side Slips of August 17th, in the rush to install a full set of wings, wheels, motor controls and so forth, we neglected to put in an electric stove.