TRANSPORT PRICES—Most airlines are reported favoring lease agreements for surplus transports, and progress has been made in completing the form of these contracts, as well as the price basis on which they will be made. Industry sources say they feel conversion allowances will be higher than the first-suggested $25,000, possibly as high as $40,000.
Navy has called a mass meeting of all aviation supply officers for Jan. 21-22 at its aviation supply depot in Philadelphia . . . West Coast Army officers are “throwing God’s fear into plants which now talk of commercial plans,” the NEWS Pacific Coast correspondent reports.
Surplus Plane Demand Increases with Prospect of Longer War
Tightened transportation conditions also factor in better market; inquiries coming in from companies engaged in war work and seeking aircraft suitable for executive transports.
WILLIAM G. KEY
Surplus planes for which there has been little or no market are coming into demand because of the indications of a longer war and tightened transportation conditions. Fixed base operators in many sections of the country are reporting inquiries from companies engaged in war work seeking fast executive transportation.
Bell-marietta Ahead of Schedule on B-29’s After Slow Start
Plant has been asked to treble output during 1945, despite difficulty in getting under way and catching up with orders; modification installed in production line.
It is no secret that Bell Aircraft had its troubles getting into production of Boeing B-29’s at their huge Marietta, Ga., plant, but it can now be disclosed that the plant was ahead of schedule last month, that they expect to continue on that basis and that they have been asked to triple production in 1945.
Unless the aviation industry produces the kind of personal plane which people Will buy and use in large numbers, 90 per cent of the landing faciliites proposed by CAA will never be used, J. B. Bayard, Jr., chief, planning and survey division, airport service, CAA, warned the Airport Users’ Conference in Washington last week.
Alfred H. Marshall has been elected vice president and director of United Aircraft Service Corp., a subsidiary of United Aircraft Corp., which functions as the field service and installation engineering organization for Pratt and Whitney aircraft engines.
Two New Insurance Firms Enter Airline Field; Third in Offing
Continental Casualty Co. offering public liability, passenger liability and property damage and affiliated firm, Transportation Insurance Co., will write hull insurance; Liberty Mutual to offer liability coverage.
Civil Air Patrol will conclude its tow-target operations Mar. 1, Col. Earle L. Johnson, national commander announces. Operations at their height employed about 300 CAP members, most of whom were over age or otherwise disqualified for military service.
Supervisors hold up proposal for vote pending determination of extent to which state aid may be obtained.
San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors has delayed action on a proposal that a $20,000,000 bond issue be voted on for expansion of San Francisco Airport, pending determination of the extent to which state aid may be obtained. Backed by B. M. Doolin, chief engineer and manager of the airport, the plan proposes expansion of airport boundaries and relocation of a state highway, and development of complete facilities for domestic and foreign terminal operations.
Company announces it is unable to take any more such jobs after finishing work on 17 aircraft.
Douglas Aircraft Co., having completed recently the reconversion to passenger use of 17 DC-3’s formerly in military service, has served notice that it will be unable to take any more such jobs. In the meantime, it is investigating other places where further work along the same line may be done, and will continue to offer cooperation in engineering and supervisory work.
THE URGENT NECESSITY for presenting to the public a realistic attitude in justifying and supporting any national airport program was made evident by the National Aeronautic Association’s Joint Airport Users Conference in Washington last week.