April 1, 1932

News of the Month

The Autogiro Answers Its Critics

The Detroit Show in Prospect


News of the Month

HEARINGS on air mail matters were held by the House Committee on Post Offices and Post Roads March 1-4. Indications are that no substantial change will be made in air mail policy this session, since the committee apparently has been convinced that nothing is seriously wrong and that it would be unwise to attempt basic changes by legislation.

The Autogiro Answers Its Critics

WE ARE pleased to have AVIATION give us the opportunity to answer publicly questions that are frequently being asked about the autogiro. We believe that much of the criticism of the autogiro comes from an erroneous point of view. For instance, many of the industry feel that the only criterion of the airplane is how fast it will go and how much weight it will carry for a given horsepower.

The Detroit Show in Prospect

A glance into the exposition building at the Detroit City Airport before the curtain rises on the Second National Aircraft Show

The Big Ford Transport

The new Model 14-A embodies design features never before attempted in this country

Planes of Yesterday

THAT'S poetry, if it is somewhat Villonous. It has rhyme and reason, and the proper number of feet with the usual Oxfordian environment, and anybody’d know that it was poetry. It has something reminiscent in it, a reminder of something you have heard before—a sort of paraphrasing of something good that someone else has done sometime that we take and make over and call it new.



AVIATION’S platform proceeds finally to its close. In the four months in which it has claimed our editorial pages we have presented some thirty items. None of them have lost anything of their importance over the last three months. Upon some we could speak much more forcefully now than at the time when we first mentioned them.


Non-Professional Progress

THOUGH non-professional flying in this country has lagged far behind what was expected of it in 1929, there are a number of bright spots in that segment of aviation. On the part of the professional (commercial) groups in aviation there has been so much disappointment because private flying has not developed along the particular lines which they happened to expect, that most of them have washed their hands of everything connected with non-professional activities.


Stainless Steel and Sliol-Welding

AN advertising man coined the term “stainless steel”; he liked the sound of it and the implication of virtue. A steel man voiced objection; he said the material was neither steel nor. of necessity, stainless. “Good,” argued the advertising man, “it will provoke discussion.”


Flying Equipment

DURING the 1931 aircraft show at Detroit, a new aircraft diesel engine was exhibited by the Guiberson Diesel Engine Company, of Dallas, Tex. During the year that has intervened the engine has undergone extensive testing both on the ground and in the air, and is being exhibited in commercial form in this year’s show.
Keystones of policy for 1932

Air Transport Faces a New Era

AMERICAN air transport lines last year carried as many passengers as in 1930. The volume of mail was just as great. This was in the face of sharply reduced traffic on the railroads and other passenger carriers. Such an accomplishment means something.

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