September 1, 1930

Flying Clubs and American Aviation

The Story of Wichita

The Life History of a World's Record


Flying Clubs and American Aviation

What is the matter with the flying club movement in this country? In this article Mr. Gale reviews the situation and points out many interesting facts that warrant the attention of the entire industry


The Story of Wichita

EVERY now and then one is asked to explain how it came about that Wichita, Kan., (pop. 114,000), has produced approximately one-fourth the commercial airplanes manufactured within the United States. With one eye, figuratively speaking, on the fact that the building of airplanes, like the production of automobiles, furniture, shoes or clothes, machine equipment, etc., is a manufacturing process rather than a direct reaping of natural resources, and with another eye on the fact that, except for airplanes, Wichita is not generally known as a manufacturing center, the inquisitor usually wants to know something about the “industrial evolution” leading to the effect involved.


The Life History of a World's Record

READING in the newspapers that a new world’s record has been established in aeronautics, few have any appreciation of the long road which must be traveled to make possible that simple announcement. It all begins when the sponsor of the attempt at record breaking, individual or organization, writes a letter to the Contest Committee of the National Aeronautic Association giving in detail the proposed attempt.


A Survey of Private Flying

A particularly interesting and informative analysis of a survey recently conducted by AVIATION in the Chicago district


Ten Years of Air Race Programs

TEN years ago the National Air Races, known at that time as the Pulitzer Races, consisted mainly of a feature high speed race open to planes of the military services. This year the National Air Races consist mainly of races open to privately owned and commercial planes.


An Amateur Plane for the Amateur Pilot

ALMOST anyone can learn how to fly an airplane. With a little preliminary instruction as to how the controls work, the average intelligent person can within half an hour be competent to guide it in still air, and within an hour or so, most people will be able to make fairly decent turns.


Flying for the Private Owner in Great Britain

WHEN any discussion takes place here in regard to some aspect of private flying (and such a discussion always arises when one or two of the aeronautical community get together) reference is made to the United States and to the fact that the opportunities for flying, i.e., the exploitation of distance and the love of flying, are not so marked here as, without doubt, they are in America.

The Trend of Activities

The Trend of Activities

THE one great shining highlight of the industry’s activities during the past few weeks seems to be the mental chaos into which the airline operators have been pitched by the various interpretations of the Watres Bill. Originally passed as a measure which would stabilize air transport in this country the Watres Bill is at present bewildering operators on all sides.


The Glider and the Aviation Industry

OF JUST what significance is the glider to the aviation industry? This question is still being asked on all sides by men and women deeply and personally interested in American aeronautics. There is no simple answer to the question. If any answer may be made at all, it must be made dispassionately, impersonally, and with some effort to gauge the value of several important factors.


Training for the Schneider Trophy

AGREAT deal of sensational nonsense has been written about high speed flying, partly because sensation has its sale in the newspapers and partly because it is easy to imagine untold sensations in such a new category of speed. These reporters are inclined to forget that we get our impression of speed chiefly by direct comparison with another object.

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