Engines Forgotten. Despite lack of favorable winds, first National Soaring Contest, N.G.A.-sponsored, attracting foreign as well as American glider pilots, gets under way at Elmira, N. Y., on September 21 ; to continue until October 5. Page 2
Opening of Soaring Contest Featured By Hirth’s Flight
Lack of Favorable Winds Slows Initial Days; O’Meara and Allen Are Among Those to Qualify
ELMIRA (N. y.)—Wolf Hirth’s flight lasting a few seconds less than an hour featured the opening days of the National Soaring Contest, being run by the National Glider Association, which opened here September 21 and will come to a close on October 5.
<p>Selling insurance against damage from falling airplanes may be all right, but giving demonstrations thereof is going a little too far. So thinks the Property Taxpayers Association of Bergen County, N. J. Recently in Little Ferry, salesmen have made house-tohouse canvasses with their policies, and while the salesmen cruised through the streets a plane fittingly cruised overhead—and not very far overhead, either.</p>
KANSAS CITY—Fourteen planes left Jefferson City September 18 on the first annual good will tour of the Missouri State Chamber of Commerce, a flight of 1,000 miles throughout the state, ending the 20th. More aviation, more airports, and more air markings for Missouri were some of the endeavors it sought to promote.
PENSACOLA — A new method of fire fighting has been uncovered here. When a buoy in Pensacola Bay caught fire after a tank of kerosene exploded, a seaplane piloted by Don F. Smith flew to the scene, where the aviators formed a bucket brigade and put out the blaze.
LOS ANGELES—American Paulin System, Inc., a subsidiary of Commercial Instrument Corp., and manufacturer of aircraft and other instruments, is transferring factory operations from Los Angeles, Calif., to Meriden, Conn., where they will be consolidated with those of the Tiffany Manufacturing Co. and Connecticut Telephone and Electric Co. Commercial Instrument Corp. is allied through an interlocking directorate with the Bendix organization.
BUFFALO — Consolidated Aircraft Corp. earnings in 1930 will show an increase over the 1929 figure which was $1.64 per share and may approach the record earnings in 1928 of $2.39 per share, it is predicted by Ray P. Whitman, assistant general manager of the company.
Navy Bureau to Investigate Hazard to Pilots from This Gas
WASHINGTON—In the face of recent events centering attention on carbon monoxide gas and its danger to pilots, the Navy Bureau of Aeronautics, Medicine and Surgery department, is making plans to investigate the degree of hazard airmen are subject to from this source.
Livingston, Davis Follow; Schneider Nears G. L. Trophy
John T. Nevill
COLORADO SPRINGS—Continuing to hold a broad lead over his seventeen competitors, Harry L. Russell, flying a Model 7-AT tri-engined Ford monoplane, powered by one Wasp and two Wright J-6 engines, seemed a certain winner of the sixth annual National Air Tour when the thirty-five airplanes in the retinue reached here September 22.
HOLLAND (mich.)—Szekely Aircraft and Engine Co. is centering its production on the 30 hp., model radial engine, the S.R.3, standard in one of the two American Eaglet models. Due to increased orders, O. E. Szekely, president, is planning speedier production.
Aero Chamber Takes Action As State Bars Lakes to Planes
NEW YORK—Reverberations of complaint caused by New Jersey’s decision to prohibit aircraft from operating on the state’s inland waterways has culminated in the Aeronautical Chamber of Commerce, as spokesman for the aviation industry, filing a formal protest with the New Jersey State Board of Commerce and Navigation, at Trenton, N. J.
CLEVELAND—Not satisfied with the injunction granted July 8, which prevented planes from the Curtiss-Cleveland field from flying over their property at a height of less than 500 ft., F. L. and R. H. Swetland have appealed the decision and seek to restrain planes from flying above their land at any height.
<p>THIS IS the long range reconnaissance plane, designated as the OX-27, designed and constructed by the Fokker company for the Army Air Corps. Two Curtiss Conqueror engines are housed almost entirely within the wing and propellers are but a short distance ahead of the leading edge.</p>
Boeing. First test of a new pursuit plane, which will later be demonstrated before both the Army Air Corps and the Navy Bureau of Aeronautics, has recently been completed by the Boeing Airplane Co., of Seattle, Wash. The plane has an all-metal monocoque fuselage and is a biplane with wings similar to the Boeing P-12C model.
PHILADELPHIA—A meet for light planes and gliders, to be held October24, 25, is being sponsored by the TriState Council of the National Glider Association. The Council will name thesite at its meeting on October 3.
Sept. 11-27 National Air Tour, starting and ending at Detroit, Mich. Manager: Capt. Ray Collins. Sept. 20-27 Memphis Air Show, Mid-South Fair, Memphis, Tenn. Sept. 21-Oct. 5 National Soaring Contest, Elmira, N. Y., under the auspices of National Glider Association.
<p>WASHINGTON—Four more planes have been granted Approved Type Certificates by the Aeronautics Branch. According to certificate number, manufacturer, model, power plant, and weights (empty, useful, and gross), these are : 364—Pitcairn, PA-8 ; one or three-place open biplane; Wright 300-hp. ; 2,294 ; 1,706; 4,000. 365Stearman, 6A, two-place open biplane ; 165-hp.</p>
BUFFALO—C. Roy Keys has resigned as vice-president and general manager of the Buffalo unit of the Curtiss Aeroplane & Motor Co., and will now become associated with his brother, Clement M. Keys, of New York, in another aviation enterprise, the nature of which has not been revealed.
PATERSON—Coincident with an announcement of revised prices, the New Standard Aircraft Corp. states it has reverted to its former dealer system of distribution, discarding the “direct-toconsumer” policy tried out for several months.
<p>BOSTON—Curtiss-Wright pilots here have been placed on a new wage scale, now being paid for flying time only, but at a considerably higher rate than the former base pay plus hourly flying pay. The pilots, furthermore, receive a commission for all business they bring in.</p>
Attention of our readers is called to an error in our Sept. 13 issue, page 16. The outside column in the table “Comparative Consolidated Income Account, Curtiss-Wright Corporation” was headed “Dec. 30, 1929.” It should have read “June 30, 1929.”
<p>WASHINGTON—Ward T. Van Orman and his aide, Alan L. MacCracken, in the Goodyear VIII, covered 542 mi. in winning first place and $1,000 in the International Gordon Bennett Balloon Race from Cleveland, September 1. This is the official result as announced by the National Aeronautic Association and gives the United States a second leg on the third trophy.</p>
SALT LAKE CITY—Airlines fighting taxation of gasoline used in planes operating over interstate routes have won another victory in a Third District Court decision handed down here, permanently prohibiting collection of the tax in Utah.
Minneapolis—A Lockheed Vega has been employed by officials of the Continental Oil Co., Ponca City, Okla., in surveying possible sites here for the location of a $4,000,000 gasoline terminal plant. As the sites must contain approximately 1,000 acres, a much more accurate view of the various plots of ground was obtained from the air than would have been possible from the ground.
NEW YORK—Paul M. Hewitt and Wallace T. Backus announce the formation of Hewitt, Backus & Co., for the purpose of aeronautical sales. “A somewhat elastic plan of operation” says the firm, “is as follows : For any company wishing to market some commodity of outstanding quality, Hewitt, Backus & Co. will undertake a survey of market conditions, with a view to determining the best sales methods for the particular commodity, and will draw up a report based on the results of this survey and on their own selling experience.
HOUSTON—Southwest Air Services here has purchased a new Fairchild F4 mapping camera and full laboratory equipment preparatory to entering the aerial mapping business on a large scale. The firm formerly did the flying, and Fairchild Aerial Surveys of Dallas the photography on local mapping projects.
BRIDGEPORT—Huntington Aircraft Corp., Stratford, has acquired two parcels of land opposite its plant on which it is planned to erect an administration and engineering building, according to Howard Huntington, president. The property includes about three acres and doubles the present area held by the concern.
TAMPA—Aeronautical governors have been appointed by the Florida state chamber of commerce to perfect the organization of four south Florida districts. Ed. R. Bentley, Lakeland, commander of the Florida department of the American Legion, heads district 4, which includes the counties of Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando, Polk, Hardee, Manatee, Sarasota, DeSoto, and Highlands.
WASHINGTON—Following is a list of four new or revised bulletins, issued by the Aeronautics Branch, which may be had free upon request: Aeronautics Bulletin No. 8, Airway Map of the United States ; No. 9, Regulations Governing Establishment and Certification of Aeronautical Lights and Instructions for Marking Obstructions to Air Navigation : No. 3, Aeronautics Trade Directory; No. 16, Airport RatingRegulations. effective as amended Sept. 1, 1930.
TORONTO—A Bellanca Pacemaker seaplane was the recipient of a trophy and cash prize of $2,500 offered by the Imperial Oil Company of Canada, Ltd., for a speed and efficiency contest for seaplanes held here recently. The event is to be an annual affair until the trophy becomes the permanent possession of some contestant gaining three victories.
DETROIT—Local offices of the Aeronautics Branch will be moved from the Free Press Building to the new Wayne County Airport early in October, according to H. B. Pentland, district supervising director. One of the four branch engineering bases recently announced is to be located there, and all licensing and flight testing operations will he carried on at that airport.
WAYNE (mich.)—Price increases on two models of Stinson planes, effective September 22, have been announced by Stinson Aircraft Corp. Both types are equipped with 210 lip. Lycoming radial, air cooled engines. The Stinson Junior 4-place cabin monoplane, which has been selling for $5,775, is now $5,995.
PHILADELPHIA — Aero Club of Pennsylvania is sponsoring a crosscountry race for men and women fliers who utilize flying for their own pleasure and pilot their own machines, to take place September 28. Arrangements are being made to handicap the planes according to the manufacturers’ specifications so that an equal opportunity will be presented to all contestants.
BUFFALO—The Curtiss Aeroplane & Motor Co., here, announces that the Navy fighting planes now being produced in Buffalo will hereafter be crated at the factory and shipped to various bases of the Naval Air Corps without being flight tested at Buffalo and flown to their destinations as heretofore.
<p>S-41, newest Sikorsky which has just been placed in service by Pan-American Airways, carries fourteen passengers, twice the number of its smaller sister plane, the S-38. Two Pratt & Whitney Hornet engines supply the power. In aerodynamic principles the craft follows conventional Sikorsky practice, while with the exception of size, the two major departures in design from the S-38 type are the elimination of the lower wing and the addition of an extra step in the hull bottom.</p>
<p>WASHINGTON—Jurisdiction of the Department of Commerce does not extend to enforcement in the air of local ordinances, Secretary Young has replied to complaints registered by Commissioners of the District of Columbia against an airplane broadcasting advertising talk.</p>
WASHINGTON—Dates for five more of the eight regional conferences called by the United States Chamber of Commerce have been announced here as follows : Chicago, Nov. 5-6; Minneapolis, Nov. 7-8; Atlanta, Nov. 19-20 ; Dallas. Nov. 24-25; and Portland, Ore., Dec. 5-6.
WASHINGTON—Aeronautics Bulletin No. 25, just issued, is a review of the research work conducted during the past two years by the Aeronautics Branch through the Bureau of Standards on the reduction of airplane noises. While excerpts of this report have been issued from time to time, the Branch here presents all the material in connected form.
SEVERAL interesting details are to be noted in the nose structure of Costes’ Breguet “Question Mark.” At the top may be seen the air intake heating arrangement built around the exhaust manifold. The retractable radiator is also shown, and just above the radiator the fins of the oil cooling system. Note the landing gear construction and fairing.
NEW YORK—General Cable Corp., which numbers among its divisions the Rome Wire Co., producer of electrical equipment for airports, announces that on and after October 1, activities of its various associated companies will be consolidated under the one organization, General Cable Corp. handling all the business.
NEW" YORK—A recent arrival here was Lord Trenchard, of England, marshal of the R.A.F. and later holder of its highest command, who is in this country on a short business and pleasure trip, which will include a stop at Akron to confer with Goodyear officials.
VAN NUYS (CALIF.) — The J. B. Alexander Co., located on Los Angeles Metropolitan Airport, this city, has taken delivery on three new Fairchild planes, two KR-21’s and a de luxe model Fairchild 42 cabin monoplane, and has six additional KR-21’s ordered for immediate delivery in order to fill outstanding or conditional orders.
EAST ST. LOUIS (ill.)—It is stated Detroit Aircraft officials are considering plans for resuming manufacturing operations at Parks Airport and the construction of a new factory unit, 350 by 125 ft. A centralization policy adopted by D.A.C. caused the removal early this year of the Parks training plane factory from here to Detroit where, shortly before, the corporation had moved the Ryan unit from Lambert-St. Louis field.
HOUSTON—Aviation week in Houston (Sept. 14-21), was devoid of airport aerobatic programs this year. A campaign of publicity citing the safety of air transportation was undertaken instead, the aviation committee of the Houston Chamber of Commerce directing attention of Houston business men and the public at large to the safety of air transportation through letters and radio talks.
<p>DETROIT—Business booked by the Detroit Aircraft Corp. during the tenday period between September 10-20 amounted to $91,705 in gross sales, which included eleven planes, five of them Lockheeds. This record is eighteen per cent ahead of any other previous ten-day period, excepting those during which government contracts were received, states the company.</p>
Arrow—Mrs. T. A. Magee, Bogalusa, La. ; for Louisiana and Mississippi. Inland—Bert H. Lane, Stockton, Calif. Stinson—Harry A. Hammell, in charge of distribution agency at Love Field, Dallas, Tex.; for Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, and New Mexico.
"Re-Breather" Device Simulates High Altitudes to Test Air Corps Fliers Muscular Coordination
<p>AT WHAT altitude does the individual ■ lose his piloting efficiency because of oxygen rarity? The School of Aviation Medicine, Brooks Field, San Antonio, Tex., ^has installed an apparatus called the “Rebreather” which tests Air Corps fliers on this point.</p>
In order that the engineering operating departments of the Boeing Companies may gain the benefit of each other’s experience, the policy has been adopted of assigning an engineer from the Boeing Airplane Company as permanent liaison man between the factory and Boeing Air Transport.
NEW YORK—Pioneer Instrument Co., a Bendix division, recently put into service its new “flying laboratory,” a Lycoming Stinson Junior, outfitted with two special instrument panels, one containing flight instruments and the other auxiliary indicators.
UNIVERSITY OF BUFFALO, N. Y., is offering this year a new four-year course in engineering, specializing in aeronautics and leading to the degree of bachelor of science. Students will take ground school work with a local flying service during the summer between the freshman and sophomore years, and in the following summers, they will gain practical experience in the industry by working in the plants of co-operating manufacturers in the vicinity.
B. A. POLLET has resigned as traffic manager of Colonial Airways and will be succeeded by GOODRICH K. MURPHY, now district manager at Boston. It was erroneously reported in this column last week that VICTOR VERNON, general manager, had resigned and would be succeeded by Mr. Murphy.
In this forthcoming meeting of the Department with the industry there will be at least tentative consideration of a simplification of departmental routine in engineering inspection. The plan, partially based on British practices, of listing certain firms as of demonstrated ability and giving them approval to go ahead largely on their own responsibility, so long as they take no unfair advantage of the leeway thus granted, will be in the minds of those present, event if its adoption here is not actively urged.
“ Slow... Steady." ‘T believe that all in the industry should try to keep aviation in a slow steady growth. I suggest that we make no startling predictions, such as, the ‘50,000-foot ceiling plane will be built next year and it will have a speed of 1,000 miles an hour.’ There has been too much of that already.
Mr. J.W.W., of Evansville, Ind., sends in a clipping from the local Sunday Courier describing a new ship built there: “It has an adjustable stabilizer, a split wing landing gear (which means there is no axle to hang on obstacles) and numerous other appointments of which the inventor is proud.”
Air traffic over London has become so congested that henceforth planes will be permitted to fly over the Old World metropolis in one direction only. Adjacent territory is similarly affected by the new air ministry regulations. A flight between Heston and Hanworth, three and a half miles apart as the crow travels, ordinarily takes but a few minutes.
KNOWN IN Wall Street by the complimentary sobriquet of ‘‘Mystery Corporation” The Aviation Corp. of Delaware, with little explanatory elaboration and less detailed disclosure, has reported a net loss, covering the first six months of 1930, of $3,236,317.95.
Notes—(1) All stocks actively traded in on both New York Stock Exchange and the Curb Exchange; also contains over-the-counter stocks on which bid and ask quotations are regularly published. (2) Total volume on both N. Y. Stock and Curb Exchanges.
THE REACTION, as foretold here last week, carried the general market down somewhat from its recent gains, but not to an alarming extent. With it some 16 air stocks recorded losses ranging from ¿ to points. During the tumble Detroit Aircraft reached 21, a new low for the year.
Imperial Airways, Ltd., London, reports for the year ended March 31, 1930, a net profit, after - depreciation, income taxes and other deductions, of £60,138 compared with £78,861 during the previous fiscal year.
Stockholders of American Eagle Aircraft Corp. will be called on, at the annual meeting to be held in Kansas City, Oct. 6, to vote upon a proposal to reduce the present capitalization from 2,000,000 shares of no par value common stock to 200,000 shares of no par common, to be effected by the exchange of one share of new stock for ten shares of the old ; also to approve a resolution authorizing the corporation to issue $500,000 worth of 6\ per cent fifteenyear sinking fund debentures.
DETROIT—In a short time the Ford Motor Co. will ship to England two tri-engined Fords, one of which will be the new 5-AT-C model. Wasp-powered, and the other a 4-AT, Whirlwindpowered. The craft will be in charge of Leroy Manning, chief Ford company pilot, and L. H. Garriott, mechanic After demonstrations in England, Eure pean countries will be visited, whiv places will include Rumania, Greece, Czechoslovakia, and Egypt.
Aviation Corp. and S.A.F.E. Offered Transcontinental Line
WASHINGTON—The contract for the southern transcontinental air mail has been offered to the Aviation Corp. and Southwest Air Fast Express, the Postmaster General announced on September 17. The two companies submitted a joint bid asking 100 per cent under the two classifications worked out in the new air mail formula.
BURBANK (calif.) — Fred Denslow. general manager of the United Airport, this city, reports that all of the available 80,000 sq.ft, of hangar space has been leased and is in use, and that a fourth hangar, to contain 72,000 sq.ft, of floor space, and which is now under construction, will be ready for occupancy by October 25.
progress report on the work of the Committee on Airport Drainage and Surfacing states that a formidable group of engineers has been organized to carry out the study contemplated. The committee represents the American Engineering Council, the American Road Builders Association and the Aeronautics Branch.
<p>NEW YORK—The Chicago-Cleveland service of Universal Division, American Airways, will be discontinued September 30. This step is another result of the operation of the McNaryWatres Bill, it being the desire of the government to discourage duplication of passenger services.</p>
HARTFORD — After carrying 7,500 passengers and flying more than 200,000 mi. in 7 mo., the New England & Western Air Transportation Co., operating scheduled passenger service between Hartford, New York, Springfield, Boston, and Albany, will suspend activities September 29 and will go out of business.
CINCINNATI—-Formal dedication of Lunken Airport, Cincinnati’s municipally-owned flying field, on Sept. 26-28, brings to the attention of the aviation industry a number of advanced features of airport design and construction. By the erection of a dike, and construction of a drainage system and pumping station, Cincinnati reclaimed for this field approximately 1,100 acres of river bottom land, bought at an average of $250 an acre, and raised its value to a present valuation of more than $3,000 an acre.
BURBANK (calif.)—A special smokeproducing wind indicator has been placed on the market by the United Airports of California, Ltd. This instrument was developed to the specifications of the United Airport and has been in use here for about 5 mo. with complete success.
VALLEY STREAM (L. I.) — The lighting of the Curtiss Airport here was finished recently. The installation is modern and complete, and presents an interesting example of the present airport lighting engineering. The work was done under the supervision of C. C. Christiansen, electrical engineer of the Curtiss-Wright Airports Corp.
Chicago-Cleveland Service To Use New High-Speed Fords
<p>CHICAGO—National Air Transport will open its combined mail and passenger service between this city and Cleveland by way of Toledo on October 1, using four new high-speed Fords equipped with Wasp engines, according to Paul Henderson, vice-president.</p>
<p>LOS ANGELES—Western Air Express recently announced that a radiotelephone conversation had been successful between this city and a plane flying in the vicinity of Wichita, about 1,000 mi. away. Under usual conditions dependable communication may now be maintained up to a distance of 300 mi. (instead of 100 mi.), it is said, by the substitution of sets having a wave length of 53 m. in place of former type using 98 m. wave length.</p>
CALDWELL (N. j.)—A remission of $20,900 on the Caldwell Township assessment of $204,400 against 443 acres, hangar and houses at CurtissEssex Airport owned by Essex Airport, Inc., has been allowed by the Essex Tax Board. Township Assessor Dey recommended the cut.
<p>For the first time since it started night flying over all its lines, National Air Transport has completed a month with everry scheduled mile flown. This means that 214,092 mi. were flown during the month as called for, but does not mean necessarily that all trips were completed on time.</p>
SACRAMENTO — On September 15 the Consolidated Air Lines inaugurated a shuttle service between this city, Marysville and Oakland. Under the schedule of operation two round trips a day are made, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. A plane from the two northern cities arrives at Oakland at 8 :45 a.m. in time to connect with the West Coast Air Transport for Portland and Seattle and with the Western Air Express for Los Angeles.
NOTE—-Close comparisons between the various air mail reports from time to time -will reveal slight discrepancies in various figures. These are not errors, strictly speaking, but are due to various readjustments; which have to be made from month to month after the preliminary figures have been released.
SEATTLE—A regulation has recently been adopted at Boeing Field prohibiting the use of narrow skids. Old skids were from 1^-2 in. wide, with a sharp hook on the under surface to act as a drag; the new skids must be 3^-4 in. wide, or the planes may be equipped with tail wheels.
CLEVELAND—Receipts of the Consolidated Air Travel Ticket Office operated by the Cleveland Automobile Club exceeded the $10,000 mark for August and have totaled more than $50,000 for the first 8 mo. of 1930. During August, also, air passenger traffic in and out of Cleveland reached new records when 3,716 persons used the four airlines serving the city as compared with 3,678 for July, the previous high month.
Pacific Air Transport on September 15 celebrated its fourth birthday. Its planes have flown a total of about 3,300,000 mi. Kohler Aviation Corp., operating between Milwaukee and Grand Rapids across Lake Michigan, completed its first year of service on September 1.
New Sites, Enlargements East Surfacing and runways are now complete at Floyd Bennett Field, Barren Island, Brooklyn, N. Y., and eight hangars are under construction. Contracts are about to be let for the development of parking space and for the construction of a seaplane base adjacent to the field, on the easterly side facing Jamaica Bay.
HARTFORD — Development on the new field of United Airports of Connecticut, a division of United Aircraft & Transport Coi'p., is progressing rapidly. Located in East Hartford, directly behind the factories of the Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Co. and the Chance Vought Corp., this new airport after its completion next spring promises to be one of the most complete and up-todate in the East.
PARIS—The first 100 Air Ministry premiums for acquisition of light planes have been granted to 67 private buyers and 33 associations. Statistics covering the first 95 disclose the following choices : 32 Potez 36 cabin monoplanes with 95-hp.
WASHINGTON—The Department of Commerce reports that the French Air Union has experienced an increase of 20 per cent in passenger traffic in the first 6 mo. of this year as compared with the same period last year. There was, also, a 45 per cent increase in freight and 400 per cent in mail.
TOKIO—Due to the poor showing of air mail traffic in Japan the Air Bureau of the Ministry of Communications is seeking means to increase air mail receipts. During the past year both passenger and mail carrying have failed to come up to expectations.
The English aeronautical world has been mourning recently the death on August 29 of Charles L. G. Colebrook, the aviation expert on the staff of the London Times. He stood in the first rank in his profession and was particularly known for his thoroughness and industry.
LIMA—Contracts of the five Americans who have been engaged in the development of aviation for the Peruvian Government have been cancelled, the required three months notice being given. Comdr. Harold B. Grow, who has been Inspector General of Peruvian Aviation, is awaiting trial by court martial for attempting a bomb raid on the revolutionary forces which recently overthrew the government of President Leguia.
LONDON—Press reports here state that Squadron Leader A. H. Orlebar recently flew one of last year’s Schneider Trcphy seaplanes at a new record speed. His time was said to be in excess of 400 m.p.h. in some sources and in others was placed at about 369 m.p.h., the government declining to make an official announcement.
ANTWERP (Belgium)—A general conference under the auspices of the International Air Transport Association opened here Sept. 9. Among the subjects considered were air transport rates, schedules, air mail regulations, liability in case of accidents, and the question of arrangements for examination of baggage and payment of customs duties by air passengers.
A monument was dedicated September 21 near Toulouse, France, to the memory of Clement Ader, an early French aeronaut. A reduction of $20,000,000 has been asked by the French Minister of the Budget from proposed air budget of $88,000,000. No action has been taken.
<p>PARIS—The F.A.I. has announced the approval of the following International Records : Class C2 (Seaplanes) With 1,000 kg. load Duration: 20 hr. 02 min. Distance in closed circuit: 1,772.55 mi. Speed over 2,000 km.: 91.14 m.p.h. Speed over 1,000 km. course: 117.99 m.p.h.</p>
PARIS—Jean Laulhé, a former war pilot and now a pilot for the Air Union, set a new closed-circuit distance record, subject to official confirmation, on Sept. 4 and 5 when he covered 1,685 mi. in an Albert monoplane powered with a 40-hp. Salmson.
NOSE HANGARS ARE proving useful in the tropics as well as in northern climes. The Canadians in various operations have made much of the method, providing as it does a warm place in which to tinker with the engine without the necessity of a hangar in low temperatures.