THE SENATE of the United States having rescantly directed that the results of the official inquiry into the cause of the fatal crash of a passenger airplane on the side of a New Mexico mountain two months ago should be made public, the Department of Commerce has had no alternative save to comply.
THIS YEAR saw the motor-boat owners of New JL York State, tired of paying gasoline taxes for the support of highways, form into battle line and successfully overthrow the patently ridiculous assessment. Airplane operators of many states are paying the same unjust excise and funds which are obviously needed to round out our aviation program are being devoted to incongruous uses in connection with highway development and maintenance.
ANEW ENGLAND correspondent reports growing popularity for a new form of civic service. Painting the name of the town in magnificent yellow letters on the most conspicuous available roof has become a favorite pastime. Young and old, agile and infirm, men and women, they have all seized brushes and buckets of chrome-yellow liquid and started to climbing ladders.
AXIOMATICALLY, the essence of aviation is speed. To whittle away the speed of air transport is to annihilate its usefulness. To entangle international flying in a maze of time-wasting red tape is to remove the reason for its existence. In a general way, the truth of those trite observations is recognized.
A Discussion of Lighting Conditions and Problems as They Exist Today and the Improvements Necessary to Future Development
C. E. WIETZ
WILL THIS lighting system meet the Depart ment of Commerce requirements for an "A" rating? That seems to be the question of primary concern to airport managers in discussing or in planning airport lighting facilities. The managers of operating companies and private aircraft owners, however, for whose use the facilities are provided, should have a somewhat different criterion for judging lighting provisions.
THE DEVELOPMENT of aviation has suddenly reached the merger phase of the cycle. I say suddenly, because other comparable industries have taken decades to run the gamut of normal cycle phases which aviation has sped through in but a couple of years.
THE ADVERTISED PERFORMANCE data of the wide variety of commercial aircraft at present offered for sale in the United States is, in general, inaccurate. Landing speeds and roll after landing are usually understated, and top speeds, initial rates of climb, and ceiling are usually overstated.
HOW TO HANDLE the hundreds of job-seekers who beseige the airplane factory each week, how to secure the best-suited workers for the vacancies that arise, and how to keep the employees in a happy, enthusiastic frame of mind so as to insure the most efficient production are among the many important problems confronting executives of the present-day airplane factory.
WHEN THE NEWS SERVICES of the Nation flashed forth the word that the first organization had been formed to finance aircraft installment sales in much the same way that General Motors Acceptance Corporation and other national companies finance automobile “paper,” telephone calls, wires, letters and personal visits very quickly indicated that a substantial demand existed for just such a company.
FEW PEOPLE realize the advantages of airplane speed from a safety as well as an economy standpoint. Providing no large sacrifice is made in landing speed, structural strength or maneuverability, the fastest plane is the safest plane. It spends little time over rough terrain on a long cross country flight, minimizing the possibilities of a difficult landing in event of motor trouble.
"Wasp Junior" Power Plant Offered By Pratt & Whitney
Is 300 Hp. Engine Using Many Parts From Parent
HERBERT F. POWELL,
HARTFORD (conn.)—Now comes the “Wasp Junior.” Newly developed and extensively tested, the power plant to bear this name is soon to be put on the market, according to Frederick B. Rentschler, president of the Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Company, this city.
MITCHEL FIELD (L. I., N. Y.)Only four planes—the Handley Page, Curtiss, Ford-Leigh, and CunninghamHall entries—now remain in the Guggenheim Safe Aircraft Competition, with a fifth, the J. S. McDonnell, Jr., plane a possible competitor if it is returned ready for tests on or before Dec. 23.
NEW YORK (N. y.)—A contract signed aboard the Graf Zeppelin during a flight over Switzerland, calls for the Tide Water Oil Company to furnish oil for that craft during the next year, according to E. L. Shea, vice-president of the concern. The agreement was effected by the oil firm’s German representative, Amerikansche Mineralöl, g.m. b.h.
WILKES-BARRE (PA.)When Santa Claus essayed a parachute jump from an airplane here the other day, he had planned to land in Kirby Park. Instead, he landed in the Susquehanna River and hundreds of children on hand to greet him, held their breaths.
BROOKLYN (N. y.)—Pioneer Instrument Company air speed indicators are to be manufactured with jewel bearings instead of brass ones which were formerly used. Of the same type employed in watches, these jewels reduce friction, according to the Pioneer organization.
NEW YORK (N. y.)—“My calculations indicate that we have reached the vicinity of the South Pole, flying high for a survey. The airplane is in good shape, crew all well. Will soon turn north. We can see an almost limitless polar plateau. Our departure from the Pole was at 1:25 p.m.”
ST. LOUIS (mo.)—A Challenger Robin, equipped with a glass floor and an opening under the pilot’s seat, is being built here for the photographic department of the Curtiss-Wright Flying Service in this city. The camera will rest on a special mount with swivel joints and cushioned fastenings to prevent vibrations while taking pictures.
WHEELING (w. va.)—In order that inventory might be taken, the plant of the Fokker Aircraft Corporation, near here, was temporarily closed down rescantly. Production is scheduled to be resumed soon, according to Maj. C. C. Lightner, general manager.
NEW YORK (N. y.)—America’s first air law review will make its appearance Jan. 1, under the sponsorship of New York Universal School of Law, according to Prof. Allison Reppy, of the N. Y. U. law faculty, editor of the New York University Law Review, who will edit the new publication scheduled to appear monthly.
NEW YORK (N. y.)—Figures recently released concerning the financial status of the Wright Aeronautical Corporation, show that the income for the quarter ending Sept. 30, amounted to $299,331, equal to $.50 per share on 600,000 shares of outstanding capital stock.
ST. LOUIS (mo.)—Plans are well under way for the National Air Show, to be held here Feb. 15-23. The CurtissSteinberg Airport and its facilities will be placed at the disposal of authorities in charge of the exposition, by Maj. James K. Tully, manager.
WASHINGTON (D. c.)—Keystone Aircraft Corporation, Bristol, is to furnish the Navy Department with eighteen patrol planes of the flying boat type, according to the Department. The contract amounts to $1,067,829. To be similar to the PN-12, they are likely to be designated the PK-12 and will contain several features which will make them an improvement over the older type.
<p>NEW YORK (N.Y.)—After taxes and charges, including preferred dividends, United Aircraft and Transport Corporation announces earnings of $2,838,332 for the third quarter of 1929. Based on 1,782,427 shares of outstanding stock, this is at the rate of $1.48 per share.</p>
<p>AKRON (ohio)—The Goodyear nonrigid airship “Defender” is being groomed for a non-stop flight from Akron to Miami, the date of departure depending entirely on weather conditions. Jack Boettner will be in command of ship on the trip of approximately 1,100 mi., with Ray Roderick and Samuel Shepherd accompanying him.</p>
WASHINGTON (D. c.)—The recent crash of the Fokker F-32 in Long Island again has raised the question of the liability of aircraft owners or operators to damages arising from destruction of property. A number of states hold the owner or lessee of the aircraft as liable for damages, regardless of whether negligence can be proved.
NEW YORK (N. y.)—Back from European trip undertaken in the interests of his company and to study conditions of foreign air transportation, Anthony H. G. Fokker, noted airplane designer, declared the government subsidy system was proving detrimental to airlines abroad.
WASHINGTON (D. c.)—In defense of conditions of Air Reserve bases and the lack of proper equipment, which were criticised recently by Lieut. C. B. Allen, of the Reserve and aviation editor of the New York World newspaper, the Chief of Air Corps has authorized a statement prepared by Capt. E. H. Holterman of the Reserves.
NEW YORK (N. y.)—According to reports received here, the distance record established by Dieudonne Costes and Maurice Bellonte in their non-stop flight from France to Manchuria early in October has been put at 7,905.14 km., or 4,912.01 mi., by the Aero Club of France.
WASHINGTON (D. c.)—'The promotion problem and the shortage of planes, were cited as two of the most important things to be considered, by F. Trubee Davison, Assistant Secretary of War, in his recent report, stating himself in favor of the Furlow bill which has passed two sessions of Congress, or the Air Corps provision of Senate Bill No. 4, as introduced by Senator Reed.
COLUMBUS (ohio)—R. O. Bone, Los Angeles, Calif., manufacturer of the Golden Eagle, a two-place monoplane, plans to produce craft of that type here if he can secure the necessary $200,000 financial backing for the venture. This is according to a statement made by William F. Centner, superintendent of Port Columbus.
SALEM (ore.)—All airplanes operating in the state of Oregon, not otherwise federally licensed, must have in addition to their state registration, an airworthiness certificate issued by the Oregon state board of aeronautics. This decision was reached by members of the state board, plane manufacturers, pilots and state officials in conference here, and will be signed by Governor Patterson, it is said.
WASHINGTON (D. c.)—In a message to Congress on Dec. 2, President Hoover said the following in connection with appropriations for the air service : “Under the Air Service programs for the Army and Navy, I am asking for a total of $33,000,000 for the procurement of airplanes, their engines, spare parts, and accessories.
MOUNDSVILLE (w. va.)—According to Edward Ball, president of the American Aircraft Corporation of Pittsburgh, his company has acquired the Moundsville Airplane Corporation, manufacturers of the Lone Eagle plane. Former president of the West Virginia firm, Mentor Hetzer, has been made a member of the American company’s board as have James A.
They Are Practical for Sea Work, He Says in Interview
NEW YORK (N. y.)—Dr. Claudius Dornier, of the company which bears his name, who is now in America to complete arrangements for the manufacture of Dornier machines here, is confident of the place of the gigantic flying boat and of the future of flying boats in general in oceanic operations.
FARMINGDALE (L. I., N. Y.) — Announcement is made here by the Flying Boat and Pontoon Division of the Fairchild Airplane & Manufacturing Corporation that the firm will offer pontoons suitable “for the majority of airplanes manufactured in this country.”
VANCOUVER (b.c.)—An announcement states that the first of a fleet of Boeing six-place flying boats, now under construction at the Boeing Aircraft of Canada plant here, will be ready shortly before Christmas. Plans are being made to start production on mail-planes of the 40-B series and on the new threeplace training school craft being developed by the company.
KANSAS CITY (KAN.) -Coyote hunters employ airplanes, it seems. L. W. Leib, manager of the American Eagle Aircraft Corporation, Minneapolis branch, declares hunters fly over the snowcovered hunting territory at low altitudes, scaring the animals from their hiding places.
WASHINGTON (D. c.) — There are now 9,279 active pilots’ licenses, 6,482 active airplane licenses, 3,109 plane identifications, and 7,196 active mechanics’ licenses, according to a report made public by Director of Licensing and Inspection, Gilbert G. Budwig, Dec. 2.
LOUGHEAD BROTHERS AIRCRAFT CORPORATION, LTD., LOS Angeles, Calif. ; capital 175,000 shares of “B” stock and 50,000 shares of “A” stock, no par value ; by Allan and Malcolm Loughead, W. G. McAdoo, J. L. Maddux, Ray Acre, Erle P. Halliburton, Fulton G. Hoge, G. Sadler, Edward F. Andrews, Lawrence W. Scudder.
THOUGH THE PRACTICABILITY of the idea is to be questioned, here it is— a plane taking off from an automobile! With the four-wheeled aircraft carrier (a Hudson) attaining what is reported to have been 52 m.p.h., the airplane successfully took off from the framework fitted to the auto roof for the experiment.
Hoover Submits Document; Data Cites U. S. Leadership
<p>WASHINGTON (D.C.)In the fifteenth annual report of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, prepared by Joseph S. Ames, chairman and submitted to Congress by President Hoover on Dec. 5, the following conclusion was presented:</p>
<p>BUFFALO (N.Y.)—With orders approximating $4,500,000 on the books now, Consolidated Aircraft Corporation expects its 1929 earnings to nearly equal those of last year, therefore netting approximately $1,300,000, officials state.</p>
PARKS AIR COLLEGE, East St. Louis, 111., has inaugurated a special course for private pilots, to include 28 hr. flying. UNIVERSAL AVIATION SCHOOLS, St. Louis, Mo., are furnishing flight students with $2,500 insurance against accident while at the school.
NEW BRUNSWICK (N. J.) — The final races of the Hadley Field Air Meet were held here Nov. 28, having been postponed twice on account of bad weather. Snow squalls, and a biting wind combined to cut the number of both entries and spectators to but a fraction of those who participated in and witnessed the first day’s events, Nov. 16.
DETROIT (mich.)—Allied Products Corporation announces production of a new type retractable landing light for planes, which can be moved to project the beam either downward or forward. When not in use, the light is folded back into the wing of the plane, thereby eliminating wind resistance.
SEATTLE (WASH.) — Sale of three Boeing 40-B4 mail four-passenger Hornet-powered planes to Western Canada Airways, Ltd., for use on the Canadian transcontinental air mail service has been made for immediate delivery, according to officials of the Boeing company.
BUFFALO (N. y.)—Negotiations for the acquisition of control of aviation concerns, both in the plane and engine field, are being conducted by the New York interests which purchased the assets of the General Airplanes Corporation, insolvent Buffalo firm, two weeks ago, according to an announcement by J. W. Bishop, operations manager of the company.
NEW YORK (N. y.)—In order to demonstrate their belief that the proposed New York City minimum altitude regulation is not fitting, Ive McKinney and Eddie Brooks, both flying R.S.V. planes on a recent day, shut off their engines at 3,000 ft. above Central Park, and glided with the help of a favoring wind, to safe landings at Holmes Airport, Jackson Heights.
<p>AKRON (ohio)—With the arrival at the General Tire and Rubber Company factory here, of seven orange and black “Aristocrats,” a tour covering over 20,000 mi. through 32 states came to an end. Sent out by the rubber company last spring in the interests of commercial aviation and to test out several rubber safety devices, the craft were in the air for more than eighteen weeks, an estimate discloses.</p>
LOS ANGELES (CALIF.) — Cliff Henderson, Western Air Show managing director, has sent a letter to all exhibitors in that exposition stating that they shall participate in a pro rata distribution of 10 per cent -of the net profits of the show, which was a financial success.
H. A. REED, recently Western Air Express pilot, has been made assistant superintendent of operations for Midcontinent Air Express on the DenverKansas City and Denver-El Paso routes. WILLIAM E. BOEING is chairman of the board of the newly formed United Airports, Inc., division of United Aircraft Corporation.
CURTISS AIRPORTS CORPORATIONR. W. Bush, Glendale, Calif., for western United States ; R. F. Hayes, East St Louis, 111., for the Middle West. NICHLAS-BEAZLEY (Barling NB-3) —L. C. Thornton, Los Angeles, Calif., for California, Arizona and Nevada.
Proposal to operate a local air mail service between Portland and Grants Pass, Ore., to serve Salem, Corvallis, Eugene, Roseburg, has been made to the Post Office Department by James G. Clark and C. C. Coleman. A system of radio navigation for planes developed in France by William Loth will probably be demonstrated this month in Washington.
Dec. 9-14 Baltimore-Washington Aircraft Show, Baltimore, Md. Deo. 10-16 National Aviation Week, Mexico, including air show and air display at Mexico City. Dec. 16 Regional Airport Conference for New England, Bridgeport, Conn. Jan. 13, 1930S.A.E.
Construction rights for the Westland Widgeon, built in Europe by Westland Aircraft Works, Yeovil, England, are for sale in America. Negotiations with several firms are already under way. Willard V. B. King, Hadley Field, New Brunswick, N. J., is considering the purchase of a plane for racing purposes.
WASHINGTON (D. c.)—Wide-spread interest in the southwestern air mail route was evidenced at the hearing held here Nov. 25 by the Interdepartmental Committee on Airways. Over 300, including some 30 members of Congress were present, representing governors, mayors, cities, chambers of commerce, business interests, and airlines.
DETROIT (mich.)—A total of 28 airports in the State of Michigan have applied and received temporary licenses to operate as airports under the new Michigan State Board of Aeronautics, Capt. Ray Collins, of Detroit, State Director of Aeronautics, announced here recently.
DETROIT (mich.)—Effective Nov. 30, Mason & Dixon Airlines, Inc., operator of the passenger and freight service between Detroit and Cincinnati, discontinued service until next March 15, or April 1, it has been announced by R. H. Schryber, president.
TAMPA (fla.)—At the recent election a bond issue of $750,000 to be spent for the construction of a municipal airport for land planes and seaplanes was voted and a committee has been appointed to select a site for a complete port. The committee is composed of F. L. Judd, vice-president of the Tampa Union Terminal Company, Franklin O. Adams, architect, and representatives of the Army, Navy and the Aeronautics Branch.
NEW YORK (N. y.)—Having repurchased the name and operating rights of his airline, sold last January to the Universal Aviation Corporation, Paul R. Braniff, pioneer southwest airline operator, recently announced that the new Braniff system will inaugurate service March first of next year.
<p>MIAMI (fla.)—Growth of CurtissWright Flying Service, Inc. in southern Florida in its first year of operation from one training plane at the municipal airport to an investment of $225,000 in planes and equipment with an annual payroll of $100,000 was announced by L. W. Botts, vice-president of Curtiss-Wright Flying Service of Florida and manager of the Miami division.</p>
<p>ST. LOUIS (mo.)—Another air-rail hookup, providing for through daily service between Detroit, Toledo, Fort Wayne, Chicago and the Southwest, is announced by the Wabash Railway company and Southwest Air Fast Express. The schedule of the new connections, inaugurated Dec. 1, calls for passengers leaving Detroit at 7 p.m., Toledo at 8:25 p.m., Fort Wayne at 9:45 p.m., and Chicago at 11:30 p.m., transferring to plane at St. Louis the next morning at 8 :30 a.m. and reaching Tulsa at noon, Oklahoma City at 2 p.m., Fort Worth, 4:35 p.m., and Dallas at 5.</p>
NEW YORK (N. y.)—Passenger terminals of steel, concrete and stucco finish are being built, or are about to be built, at the four main terminals of New York, Rio & Buenos Aires Line, Inc., at Miami, Rio de Janiero, Buenos Aires and Santiago, Chile.
CJHOWING THE DELUGE system in operation on a set of blazing wings which had _ been saturated with gasoline. Note the spray shooting upward from the floor vents, a new development for getting at the under side of burning surfaces.
NEW YORK (N. y.)—The flight of the Russian plane, Land of Soviets, was not only a splendid performance of both machine and crew, but also an indication of the tide of aeronautical activity in that country. Russia has plans for itself in the aviation picture and already has made progress worth making careful note of, especially as Russia, as in about everything else, has tremendous aeronautical potentialities.
IE HIGH VALLEY Railroad has started preliminary plans for the construction of a spur track from its main line to the Buffalo (N. Y.) Municipal Airport, which will afford the port the facility of direct rail connection. An appropriation of $55,000, to include funds for a new administration building, permanent improvements, salaries and operation expenses, and new apparatus at Brainard Field, Hartford, Conn., has been requested by the Hartford Aviation Commission.
H O NOLULU ( H AW AH ) —Inter-Island Airways, Ltd., which inaugurated a service linking the units of the Hawaiian group on Nov. 11, is operating on the following schedule : On the Honolulu-Maui-Hilo line planes leave Honolulu Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8 a.m.; leave Maui at 9:30 a.m. and arrive at Hilo at 11:15 a.m.; leave Hilo on the return trip at 2 p.m., leave Maui at 4 p.m. and arrive at Honolulu at 5:15 p.m. On the HonoluluKauai line (north from Honolulu) planes leave Honolulu at 8:15 a.m. Tuesday and Saturday and arrive at Kauai at 9 :30 a.m. ; leave Kauai on the return trip at 2 p.m. and arrive at Honolulu at 3:30 p.m. Sikorsky amphibious are used.
<p>NEW YORK (N.Y.)—'The $34.85 fare for the 220-mi. trip between Boston and New York on Colonial Air Transport planes has been cut to $27.88, a reduction of 20 per cent. The round trip tickets now cost $52.97. A 24-trip commutation ticket is available at a cost of only about $22.30 for the individual trip.</p>
<p>LOS ANGELES (CALIF.) — Pacific Air Transport has moved into its new terminal at United Airport. Burbank, just across the city limit line of Los Angeles. This new airport of 240 acres is owned by the United Aircraft & Transport Corporation.</p>
SEATTLE (WASH.) — Speed records for the respective divisions of the Boeing sections of the transcontinental air mail route have been determined by Boeing Air Transport. The records show : Oakland, Calif., to Reno, Nev. — 192 mi., Pilot Burr Winslow, 1 hr. 22 min. or 145 m.p.h.
LOS ANGELES (calif.)—A motor stage and airplane service is to be inaugurated in Mexico about the first of the year by the Pickwick corporation, .ccording to Charles F. Wren, president. The new service will be operated between Mexico City and Acapulco, a west coast seaport, and will offer daily bus service and tri-weekly plane service between these points.
OKLAHOMA CITY (OK LA.) -Because of delay in the development of local municipal airport, Central Air Lines service between Wichita and Oklahoma City has been dropped. A new line has been added by Central with the removal of the Oklahoma CityWichita route.
NEW YORK (N. y.)—Pan AmericanGrace Airways, Inc., on Nov. 30 extended its Santiago-Buenos Aires service east across the mouth of the Plata River to include Montevideo, capital of Uruguay. Mail from that city is expected to reach here in 10 days flying across the Andes, up the west coast of South America and over the Pitcairn line from Miami where the Pan American system ends.
MIAMI '(FLA.), NOV. 20—Construction has started on a $50,000 dirigible hangar at Opa-Locks, near here, which will be used by the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company to house three or four of its small craft. The airships which Goodyear will send to Miami for winter operations will be used in the training of pilots and crews for the government ; in research and experimental work ; for public officials, city, county and state, in making necessary aerial studies or surveys without any charge ; for pleasure flights ; and for publicity and advertising.
LOS ANGELES (calif.)—Immediate purchase of a county airport has been recommended to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors by the Chamber of Commerce of Los Angeles city. The recommendation urges that sufficient land be acquired to provide for all future needs of the county, with sufficient additional adjacent land to permit the establishment of aviation manufacturing concerns in large numbers and to permit of granting free of charge such areas as may be required by the Army or Navy for aeronautical activity in this locality.
<p>WICHITA (kan.)—Conferences relative to securing an air mail line between this city and Omaha have heen held recently under the direction of Postmaster Stewart M. Young. Petitions asking for the establishment of such a line have been circulated at Omaha, Neb., Salina and Belleville, Kan., and here, being the cities which would presumably be served by such a route.</p>
<p>NEW YORK (N. Y. )—Airports coming under the jurisdiction of the CurtissWright Airports Corporation are not to be limited to the exclusive use of the Curtiss-Wright interests, it has been announced here. A policy of open airports has been decided upon with the reservation that all student instruction and local passenger carrying will be handled exclusively by the CurtissWright Flying Service.</p>
The British State airship, R.101, fortunately, is really a sound ship for since she came out of the shed the worst weather encountered for years has swept over the British Isles and Cardington in particular, yet all the time the airship has ridden comfortably at the masthead.
<p>PARIS (france)—The Lioré-et-Olivier firm produced recently an interesting little monoplane flying boat suitable for touring or school work. The machine was turned out, also, to serve as a full-size model to obtain data for the construction of a much larger commercial plane on the same lines.</p>
WARSAW (poland)—Plenipotentiaries from twelve nations have signed the convention regarding aerial transport which was adopted by the second international conference on aviation law, meeting here Oct. 4. This conference was held to consider the recommendations of the International Committee of Technical Experts in Aviation Law, formed at the suggestion of the French government after the first conference on this subject, which was held in Paris in 1925.
LONDON (England)—A conference of about 250 representatives of 100 English municipalities was held here Nov. 5 to consider the matter of constructing city airports throughout the country. This meeting was a follow-up of the recent tour made by Sir Allen Cobham in the interests of aviation in general and airports in particular.
MEXICO CITY (MEXICO) — Final preparations for Mexico’s Aviation Week, Dec. 10-16, are practically complete. Valbuena Flying Field has been specially conditioned for the events. Great Britain has formerly accepted an invitation to participate, and has designated Flight Comdr.
DESSAU (GERMANY) — Final bench tests of the Junkers Diesel engine are now being made, preparatory to further flight tests. It has already been flown successfully in a monoplane of the Bremen type. An output of close to 1,000 hp. has been recorded.
PARIS (FRANCE) — Results of the European Light Plane Tour (Challenge de Tourisme Internationale) have finally been homologated by the Aero Club of France, confirming the standings as tentatively announced about three months ago. M. Morzik, who flew a B.F.W.-M.23 monoplane with 70 hp.
PARIS (france)—The board of the French Air Ministry, following the retention of M. Laurent Eynac as Secretary in M. Tardieu’s cabinet, is as follows: director, M. L. Couhe; assistant directors, Colonel Duseigneur, chief of military services; M. J. Georges-Picot, inspector of finances ; M. L. Kahn, chief engineer of the Naval Engineering Corp. M. Bairet is in charge of parliamentary services, M. Voile is chief private secretary, and M. Monprofit, in charge of missions.
PARIS (france)—The Paris-Madrid route, operated by the Compagnie Genérale Aéropostale, uses a new and efficient cabin machine, the Latécoère 28 monoplane, which frequently averaged speed from 140 to 145 m.p.h. Levasseur-Reed propeller is used.
LONDON (England)—Following a recent request in Parliament as to the status of the proposed Cairo-Cape Town air mail line, it was reported that a survey party consisting of representatives of Imperial Airways and the Air Ministry, has gone to Cape Town to make necessary ground arrangements with the local officials in the countries along the proposed rounte.
PARIS (FRANCE) — Additional funds for aviation in the 1929 budget have recently been voted by the Chamber of Deputies. A sum of 51,705,000 francs ($2,016,500) was included for new construction and installation, divided as follows : civil aviation, 6,000,000 francs ($234,000) ; military aviation, 11,000,000 francs ($429,000) ; naval aviation, 34.705.000 francs ($1,353,500).
FRIEDRICFISHAFEN (GERMANY)The proposed polar flight of the Graf Zeppelin has been beset with continual difficulties, the first of which was the refusal of the crew to undertake so hazardous an enterprise, and now that the misgivings of the crew have been overcome, an almost insuperable difficulty presents itself in the matter of insurance.
PARIS (france)—With a view to improvement of France-South America service the Compagnie Generale Aéropostale has ordered two new types of flying boats to be constructed. One is a metal monoplane powered with two Hispano-Suiza engines of 650 hp. each, arranged in tandem, and provided with duralumin floats.
Work on the LZ-128 dirigible, which will be more than 50 per cent larger than the Graf Zeppelin, was scheduled to start this week at Friedrichshafen. Capt. Jose Leon and Lieut. Luis G. Noreiga recently established a new Mexican altitude record of 27,129 ft. in a Douglas plane with Hornet engine.
THE Star Pathfinder is a compass for aircraft use manufactured by the Star Compass Company, Boston, Mass, and distributed by the Consolidated Instrument Company of America, 41 East 42nd Street, New York City. Special features include a built in compensating unit which eliminates the use of loose magnets, and a spherical cover lens permitting the use of the small dial without loss of visibility.
A MANGANESE chrome iron welding rod called Hascrome, lately placed on the market by the Haynes Stellite Company, Kokomo, Indiana, is a self hardening alloy primarily for building up worn parts preparatory to surfacing them with Haynes Stellite.
<p>THE Oxweld Acetylene Company, 30 East 42d Street, New York City, has added to the Prest-O-Weld line the type R-109 two-stage oxygen regulator, designed to eliminate fluctuation in working oxygen pressures, and superseding type R-105. Two-stage pressure reduction, accomplished through the medium of two independent sets of diaphragms, valves and springs, is the chief feature of the new design.</p>
<p>ANEW, general purpose, quarter-inch electric drill for use in metals and woods, buffing, polishing, grinding, wire brushing and sanding has just been built by the Goodell-Pratt Company, Greenfield, Mass. Equipped with an H & H switch and a Westinghouse Universal type motor for A.C. or D.C., the drill has a capacity of \ in. in steel and a no-load speed of 1,700 r.p.m.</p>
STEEL SHOP EQUIPMENT. The latest bulletin of the Standard Pressed Steel Company describes standard and special “Hallowell” steel shop equipment. Some of the illustrated pieces include locker room benches, several types of foreman’s desks, and semi-portable work benches.
The editorial on flight testing entitled “More Work for the Department of Commerce” appearing in your Nov. 16 issue is very interesting. In view of the fact that the Department of Commerce may be handicapped by insufficient appropriations to the point of being unable to carry out such a program, would it not be possible to organize a flight test bureau with the financial aid of representative companies in the aviation industry and equipped with adequate personnel and instruments?
COLLECTING famous airplanes seems to have become one of the latest museum fads. Col. Lindbergh’s “Spirit of St. Louis” rests in its last hangar at the Smithsonian Institute, in Washington. The “Bremen,” first east-west Atlantic plane, is museumized in New York. Now, Col. Arthur Goebel’s Dole-flight-winning Hawaii plane is to go into a private museum in Oklahoma.
GOOD ROADS FOR AIRPLANES, by Graham B. Grosvenor ; Paper read Nov. 18, 1929 before the Detroit Section, Society of Automotive Engineers. AFTER a brief summary of recent achievements in the field of aviation, President Grosvenor of The Aviation Corporation made a strong plea for government development of airways corresponding to the development of highways for automobiles in the past twenty years.
THE WING of an airplane supports the engines and is pivotally mounted on braces fixed to the fuselage so that it may be rotated about an athwartship axis. The object of this construction is to permit the wing and its engines to be tilted to assist in rising and landing.
MR. H. H. F. JR. stopped in to comment on the accident to the plane owned by Mr. Richard Hoyt, which was left parked in a pasture somewhere, and was found to have its rudder chewed off by a cow or horse or something when the party returned for it. H. H. F. Jr. thinks that the airplane of the future will not only have to be amphibious but carnivorous, so that it can bite back if attacked while its owner is away.