► Pylons and Pilots. Countless activities are keeping planes, pilots, and spectators busy as the big aeronautical event of the year, the National Air Races, continues at the Curtiss-Chicago Airport, where the program got underway August 23 and will continue through September 1. Page 3
National Races Under Way; Maneuver Flying Is Lauded
Piloting of Foreign Airmen Attracts Crowds; Day-by-Day Program Reported Through Tuesday
JAMES P. WINES
CURTISS - REYNOLDS AIRPORT, CHICAGO — From the standpoint of attendance the 1930 National Air Races got under way to a rather poor start, but from the standpoint of spectacular aerial maneuvers the opening day was one which will long be remembered by those present.
<p>CHICAGO—The unanimous re-election of Senator Hiram Bingham, Connecticut, as president of the National Aeronautic Association featured the 1930 convention held in the Sherman Hotel, Chicago, August 22-23. Bingham’s administration was unanimously endorsed by the Board of State Governors, he was the unanimous selection of the nominating committee, and the nominating committee’s report was approved by the convention without a dissenting vote.</p>
<p>Shoenhair, Brock, Post, Turner in Non-Stop Classic CHICAGO—Six of the seven NAR derbies have been completed as we go to press (see running story of Races), and the completion of the seventh derby—the non-stop classic—only awaits a flight by the fifth entrant, Art Goebel.</p>
Fliers to Stop at 30 Cities; Present Entry List Totals 16
DETROIT—The definite itinerary of the 1930 National Air Tour, which will begin from Detroit on September 11, has been announced by Capt. Ray Collins, tour manager, who has just completed a pathfinding flight over the route. A total of sixteen planes have thus far been entered in the event, with the possibility that four or five more will swell the entry list to at least 20.
<p>SEATTLE—With the new Boeing low-wing Monomail there will be little excuse for that old baneful phrase, “too bad ... he forgot to let down his landing wheels.” When the engine of the Monomail is throttled below 1,000 r.p.m. in normal glide for landing, a buzzer warns the pilot if his wheels are still retracted.</p>
PATERSON (N. J.)—Production for commercial and military use is announced by the Wright Aeronautical Corp. on two new Cyclone models, the R-1750-E and the R-1820-E. The latter of these 9-cyl., static-radial, air-cooled power plants is rated at 575 hp., when making 1,900 r.p.m., though it is said to be capable of developing more than 600 hp. at that r.p.m. Model R-1750-E, producing 525 hp., is similar to the 1929 Cyclone, but incorporates some refinements aimed to increase its efficiency.
WASHINGTON—Additions to the list of approved type certificates number four planes and one engine. The planes so classified, according to certificate number, make and designation, type, power plant, weight empty, useful load, and gross weight, are: No. 347—Curliss-Robertson, Kingbird D-l, eightplace, cabin monoplane, two Whirlwind 240’s, 3,754 lb., 2,361 lb., 6,115 lb.; No. 348—Curtiss-Robertson, Kingbird D-2, eight-place, cabin monoplane, two Whirlwind 300’s, 3,877 lb., 2,238 lb., 6,115 lb.; No. 353—Laird, LCB-300, three-place, open cockpit biplane, Whirlwind 300, 1,958 lb., 1,064 lb., 3,022 lb.; No. 355—Mono Aircraft, 90-J, twoplace, cabin monoplane, 90 hp.
WASHINGTON—Ip recalling the reciprocal air navigation agreement in force between this country and Canada put into effect last October, (AVIATION, November 16, p. 987), the Department of State announces similar arrangements have been submitted to Great Britain, Irish Free State, Union of South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the Netherlands for approval.
WASHINGTON—Three bids on the two new transcontinental air mail routes, with bonds of $250,000 each, were opened at noon Monday, August 25, by W. Irving Glover, assistant postmaster general in charge of air mail. Western Air Express and Transcontinental Air Transport-Maddux submitted a joint bid of 97J per cent of the maximum plus full variables on the New YorkSt. Louis-Los Angeles route.
<p>Four Fliers Cover Arctic Route in 7-yr. Old Dornier Wal NEW VORK—At 3:47 p.m. Aug. 26, Capt. Von Gronau and his crew of three landed in New York Harbor, completing an east to west Atlantic crossing which had started from their Hying school on the Isle of Sylt, North Sea, the morning of Aug. 18.</p>
TULSA—Fritz Martin, oil well contractor, reports that his Arrow Pursuit plane has cut down his transportation expenses in visiting his various projects in the oil country, and has also effected a great saving in time. Mr. Martin tells of a recent occurrence wherein the pump at one of the wells broke down and was sent to Tulsa for repairs.
BOSTON—Glider rules and regulations issued by the Department of Public Works, Registry of Motor Vehicles, and now in effect in the State of Massachusetts, are as follows : 1. Only such gliders as are built by a manufacturer of aircraft or under the direction of an airplane mechanic licensed by the United States Department of Commerce will be registered.
ST. LOUIS (mo.)—It is now disclosed that the Ryan plant here, in which production was shutdown several weeks ago, has been sold to Phil de C. Ball, an aviation enthusiast here, and will not become a Detroit Aircraft Corp. service base as was reported recently.
DETROIT—Details of a device intended to parachute airplanes groundward in event of trouble have been revealed here by J. M. Russell, of the Russell Parachute Co., San Diego, who is putting the chute to practical tests in conjunction with the Detroit Aircraft Corp.
ST. LOUIS (mo.)—An air tour of the state, to start Sept. 8, calls for the participation of more than a score of planes, Dwight H. Brown, president of the State Chamber of Commerce, which will manage the event, announces.
NEW YORK—An aeronautical-engine research laboratory has been completed at the Daniel Guggenheim School of Aeronautics of the New York University. The laboratory is equipped to test any air or water cooled airplane engine up to 300 hp., and is the only public one of its kind in the metropolitan district, according to Professor Alexander Klemin, head of the school.
CAMDEN (N. J.) — A new engine recently developed by the Jacobs Aircraft Engine Co., Central Airport here, has lately been demonstrated. The engine, known as the Model B-l, is a static air-cooled type with two cylinders. The company estimates it will deliver between 20 and 25 hp. at 2,500 r.p.m.
SYRACUSE (N. y.)—From September 1-6, inclusive, the first annual aviation exposition under the auspices of the New York State Fair will be held here at the state fair grounds. As well as events during the day, various flying features are planned for the nights.
An “Air Tourist’s Guide to Europe,” by Capt. Norman Macmillan, has been published by Ives Washburn, New York. It is illustrated with aerial photographs. Texas Aero Corp. is said to be considering removal of its factory from Temple to Fort Worth.
SOUTH WELLFLEET (MASS.) -Captain Thomas Phillips, U. S. Army, on leave from duty in the Panama Canal Zone, broke the school record at the Cape Cod Glider School on August 20, when he stayed in the air 1 hr. 54 min. and 12 sec. in a Bowlus sailplane.
DETROIT—Stinson Aircraft Corp. produced 53.6 per cent of all cabin planes and 22.3 per cent of all commercial airplanes built in the United States during the second quarter of 1930, according to company officials. Production and sales of Stinson commercial planes during April, May, and June totaled 133.
HAZLETON MIRKIL, of the law firm of Foulkrod, Sheppard, Porter & Alexander, Philadelphia, has been appointed chairman of the committee on the law in relation to aeronautics of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. PHILLIP SHARP, who has been chief mechanic for Pacific Air Transport at Portland, Ore., has been made field manager for the company there.
AVIATION CORPORATION OF NEW ENGLAND. Boston; capital, $100,000; Walter S. Rogers, pres., Willard Denny, vicepres., Jason Rogers, treas. ; operations to be based at Falmouth (Mass.) Airport ; to engage in aerial photography, student instruction, transport and charter work, and airport development.
WASSERKUPPE - Break ing his own record for the second time during the two weeks' glider meet which closed here Aug. 24, Robert Kronfeld covered 101 mi. in his new wide-span glider, on the last day of the competi tion. He had set a mark of 94 mi. on Aug. 14, and had covered 93 mi. in this same vicinity a year ago.
+ HISTORY is repeating itself .... the military services are taking all the cake at Chicago. However, they are not getting all of the applause. Such pilots as Jimmy Doolittle, Freddy Lund and our foreign visitors are doing stunts that are new to even the military lads.
Consumer Classification. “The aviation industry will get out of its doldrums and become one of the major industries from a manufacturing point of view when it develops the absorption power of the general consumer. Although important, the commercial user cannot be expected to become the principal outlet for aeronautic PRODUCTS.
The Chicago Air Race officials developed the novel method of starting the cross-country derbies to the National Air Races by broadcasting the report of a pistol shot in Chicago to the point where the race is starting. If any extremely high or amazingly low speeds are developed by these cross-country racers we can blame it on the probability that they started on the wrong pistol shot.
Aug. 27, on a tall building in Chicago, there will be dedicated a beacon to be known as Lindbergh Light. It will be for the guidance of aviators, and will be so strong that newspapers can be read by its glare as far away as Michigan. Also, it may be assumed, it will be a great annoyance to Chicagoans, particularly when they are trying to go to sleep at night, or taking a look at the stars, as similar beacons are to New \orkers.
Men have ceased to marvel at new wonders. We look for something else at once as unbelievable and as subject to easy acceptance as the others. Yet with all this, we persistently wait to be shown that a thing is possible and, so far, we are dubious about the seadromes now promised for early ease of air travel over the seas.
Statistical Summary Weekly Comparisons Week Ended Aug. 20 Previous Week Same Week 1929 Aviation: Aviation stock averages Number of stocks traded in (1) Volume aviation share sales (2) Ratio aviation share sales to total share sales (3) General Market Data:
MERGERS, consolidations, amalgamations—though by no means to be considered as synonymous from the financial standpoint—are terms generally employed interchangeably with the exact distinctions not always carefully observed. As compared with the 1929 “merger” movement the current formation of new combinations has taken on a new aspect.
THE majority of the air stocks gave a fairly good account of themselves during the past week, with some fifteen individual issues moving upward. The largest gains were recorded in United Aircraft common and preferred which moved up 7f and 6\ points respectively, Western Air Express gained 2\ moving to 344, North American Aviation up If, Dayton Airplane and Engine up If, Aviation Corp. of the Americas up 2 points, NYRBA up 1, with The Aviation Corp., Curtiss-Wright common and A, N'.A.T.,
IN ORDER to clear up some of the confusion which doubtlessly exists regarding the discrepancy between the total aircraft production figures as given out by the Bureau of the Census for 1929, and those released by the Aeronautical Chamber of Commerce, a clear definition of their difference in method of collection should be given.
Former Gov. A. Harry Moore has been appointed by Vice Chancellor Bigelow of Jersey City as receiver of the Crescent Aircraft Corp., of which Clarence B. Chamberlin is president. Elmer Friedbauer of Passaic, N. J„ owner of 40 shares, applied for the receivership.
Bendix Aviation Corp., reports for the six months ended June 30, 1930, a net profit of $1,530,937 after depreciation, interest and federal taxes, equivalent to 73 cents a share on 2,097,454 no-par shares of capital stock. This compares with $5,165,967, or $2.56 a share on 2,015,000 shares in the first half of 1929.
ST. LOUIS—A total of 6,500 gal. of gasoline were used during the Jackson and O’Brine endurance flight; 265 gal. of oil were used, and 146 contacts were made. Shamrock Oil & Gas Co. gasoline and oil from Kendall Refining Co. were employed. The fliers organized the flight themselves, hiring a manager and the necessary ground crew from funds donated by aviation enthusiasts.
<p>NEW YORK — A contract recently signed provides that Stearman planes sold on the installment plan are to be financed by Commercial Investment Trust, Inc., C.I.T. announces. The investment firm’s local offices throughout the country will provide the service for Stearman distributors and dealers.</p>
Although the first six months full income report has not yet been made the Detroit Aircraft Corp., reports total sales volume for the six months ended June 30, 1930 as $631,046, with additional sales billed for July of $171,170 with new orders amounting to $148,670, including only those planes on which cash deposits were placed.
One of Resolutions Adopted Urges Federal Rules for States
CHICAGO—Enactment of state legislation in conformance with the federal regulations concerning air traffic and the licensing of pilots and planes was urged in one of several resolutions adopted by the First National Legislative Air Conference at its final session.
SAN ANTONIO—Capt. W. C. Ocker, and Lieut. Carl J. Crane, both of this city, inventors of a flight integrator for blind flying, are negotiating with instrument manufacturers with the view of puting the device into production. The integrator, which consists_ of a model airplane mounted on the instrument board and combines the functions of a turn and bank indicator and ary inclinometer, was tested out a short time ago by its inventors on a trip between San Antonio and Scott Field, 111.
CHICAGO—Air transport lines are common carriers and will be so adjudged by the courts in suits involving liability to pay passengers in the opinion of George B. Logan, chairman of the legislative committee of the St. Louis Air Board, a lecturer at the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, and a member of the committee on aeronautical law of the American Bar Association.
PHILADELPHIA—Free delivery of goods within appropriate size and weight limits by plane is now being made to the Poconos by the John Wanamaker store here. Every business day, weather permitting, parcels are carried to Stroudsburg in a Lycoming Stinson of the Pocono Airways, which operates the recently opened line to that point.
NEW Y ORK—In compiling a comprehensive tabulation of accidents and fatalities among civil and service pilots and among passengers during 1929, the committee on aviation statistics of the Actuarial Society of America has presented valuable material with which aero insurance companies may arrive at some definite conclusions as to the risks incurred in air travel.
NEW YORK—Following the arrangement by Pan American Airways System to purchase the assets of New York, Rio & Buenos Aires Lines [announced in the August 23 issue of the THE AVIATION NEWS] both companies have been making active preparations for completing the transfer on or about September 15.
KANSAS CITY (mo.)—The new airport terminal at Fairfax Airport, which has been under construction since about a year ago, was opened informally to the public on Sunday, August 17. Furnishings have not been completed. The building and the furnishings will cost close to $2,200,000, the company reports.
WASHINGTON—Close on the heels of the arrangement between Pan American Airways and New York, Rio & Buenos Aires Lines for consolidation of the latter with the former, the Post Office Department announces that it will receive bids for the transportation of United States air mail along the East Coast of South America between Paramaribo and Santos, about 200 mi. beyond Rio de Janeiro.
TULSA—For the sixth successive month, the Tulsa Municipal Airport led all airports of the world in airline traffic when 10.135 persons were cleared in and out of the field during July. In July, 1929, only slightly more than 5,000 persons were handled by the port.
WASHINGTON — Two big surprises coincident with the opening of bids for the two new air mail routes were the organization of what is known as the United Avigation Co. of Pittsburgh and the combination effected by Southwest Air Fast Express and Robertson Aircraft Co.
WASHINGTON—Although it was approved last winter and although considerable work has been done on it already by way of surveying and engineering preparation, the construction of the new southern transcontinental airway was not officially announced until August 20.
UTICA (N. y.)—Superintendent Reginald I. Heath of Utica Municipal Airport has reported receipts from hangar rental totaling $3,233 from January 1 to August 11. This is an increase of $1,331 over the same period last year. Proceeds of gasoline and oil sold at the airport also have increased from $2,670.29 last year to $4,090.87 this year.
THIS IS THE asbestos air mail bag developed by the Bureau of Standards and approved for use by the Post Office Department. It resembles but is not identical with the asbestos bag recently demonstrated successfully at Chicago by National Air Transport officials and put in service on the company’s lines for test purposes.
CHICAGO—A beacon which reflects light from a series of neon tubes has been installed on the LaSalle-Wacker Building at Chicago by the General Electric Co. The beacon is composed of eight mirrors, measuring 5x3 ft. and of parabolic cross section.
<p>NEW YORK — As THE AVIATION NEWS goes to press, the New York, Philadelphia & Washington Airway Corp. is planning to open its hourly passenger service on September 1. The sixth and last tri-engined Stinson transport was understood to have been delivered for the opening of the line.</p>
WASHINGTON —Air mail and passenger pilots receive an average monthly salary of $550 and airplane and engine mechanics working on mail and passenger planes receive an average monthly salary of $157. These figures were announced by Maj. Clarence M. Young recently following a statistical analysis of reports from representative airline operators covering the 12 mo. ending June 30.
LOS ANGELES — Continental Air Express, this city, which has operated a passenger and express service for nearly 3 yr. between San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, has been absorbed by First National Airways of Americas in an expansion program of the latter company which is said to control Mexican, Central and South American airlines.
LANSING (mich.)—Fire, caused by defective wiring destroyed the hangar of the Davis and Felix Airways at the W. K. Kellogg Airport, Battle Creek (Mich.). The loss was estimated at $3,000.00 The hangar, a large frame structure, has been used to house three planes.
WINNIPEG—The monthly report of Western Canada Airways shows that in June the company’s planes were flown 1,520 hr. and 138,313 mi.; carried 1,614 passengers, 161,490 lb. of freight and 26,553 lb. of mail.
LOS ANGELES—Col. Richard Barnitz, director of airports for the city of Los Angeles, reports greatly increased activity for the month of July, over any previous month at the municipal airport. Approximately twice as many passengers were carried off the port as were carried during June, the best previous month, and the use of the field by visiting planes increased.
ALAMEDA (calif.)—The San Francisco Bay Airdrome was opened formally August 16-17 with a two-day program of air events. The port is located within the city limits of Alameda, but the field is of great importance to the cities of Oakland and San Francisco.
PONTIAC—Four passengers fought a fire with extinguishers aboard an airplane near here on August 19 while the pilot, Bernard Rawson of Bay City, gave his attention to landing the machine from an altitude of 3,000 ft. The machine was landed successfully and a few minutes after the occupants scrambled to a safe distance the gasoline tank blew up.
BERLIN—Details of the technical tests conducted at Staaken Airport at the conclusion of the European Light Plane Tour reveal the fact that it was largely in take-off and landing performance that the German planes gained their advantage.
LONDON — Miss Winifred Spooner, who placed fourth in the recent International Light Plane Competition (first in the heavy category), cared for her own plane during the tour with only the assistance of another woman pilot. She started with a man as mechanic, but he was forced to leave her at Heston, on the second day, because of an infected hand.
ROME—An unexpectedly large number of planes, 52, started from here Aug. 25 on the Light Plane Tour of Italy (see THE AVIATION NEWS, Aug. 23, p. 21). Colonel Sacchi, in a Breda plane, made the fastest time over the first of the four stages of the flight, to Rimini.
OSLO — The bodies of SalomonAuguste Andree, and two companions who set out with him in 1897 in an attempt to reach the North Pole by balloon. have been found by a Norwegian Expedition headed by Dr. S. Horn. No trace of the balloon has been discovered, but it is believed that the explorers had made comparatively little headway toward their objective, having drifted in a course west and slightly north of Spitzbergen, from where they started.
A.R.A.F. bomber recently made a nonstop flight from Southhampton to Tagus, Portugal, in 10 hr. National Flying Services reports a greatly increased business this year from people near vacation resorts, attributed partly to the interest aroused by Amy Johnson’s flight to Australia.