January 1, 1932

The Story of 1931

Prophecy for 1932

Consider the Passenger


The Story of 1931

THERE is an air of resignation throughout the aernonautic industry as its members pass their time smoothing out the wrinkles of deflation, and planning for a sound future. The prosperous and wasteful dream of 1929 is far behind, the desperate distribution nightmare of 1930 has passed.

Prophecy for 1932

FOLLOWING the precedent established a year ago, I have to lay aside for a time the discussion of current events and undertake to foresee the future. My personal forecast for the next year is due. Its preparation is an undertaking from which one might well shrink, for seldom has there been so much difference of opinion about the immediate prospects as there is now.


Consider the Passenger

FEW airplanes exhibit thoroughly satisfactory flying characteristics. Performance and stability are matters for definite figures, but flying and handling characteristics are entirely a relative matter and there is no definite line dividing the good and the bad.

Next year’s financial outlook

The Federal Budget and Aviation

THE Federal Budget, that formidable document which contains the record of the estimates of every penny of expenditure and income in prospect for the government in Washington, has taken on a lean and hungry look in the last two years. It used to run almost 2,000 pages, but now it musters barely half that number.

An Aviation Platform

THE first condition of progress is that we shall know where we are going. If the aviation industry is to get out of the depression with a minimum of wasted time and effort, there must be some very careful preliminary consideration of the general policies to be pursued.

New Volumes for the Shelves

New Volumes for the Shelves

THIS is the first serious attempt at a handbook of aeronautics since the publication of A. W. Judge’s work about ten years ago. By curious coincidence, however, its appearance is almost synchronous with that of the first American venture in the same field, which is being published just at the time of this review’s appearance.

Flying Men O’ War

The military significance of a type of aircraft which may in the future assume paramount importance for maritime nations


A Maintenance Yardstick for the Designer

THE art of flying has had to develop without benefit of precedents. The business of transportation, however, is of many years standing, and a vast fund of experience is available upon which transport aviation may draw. The type of operation which offers the closest parallel, and which probably can be of the greatest assistance in this regard, is the bus line, for as a transportation unit, the motor bus differs from the airplane only in the way in which it travels.

Statistics of the Month

Statistics of the Month

Aircraft Production from Jan. 1 to Sept. 30, 1931 (Based, on Department of Commerce Licenses, Indentification marks issued for Unlicensed Aircraft, and Reports.) Monoplanes 1,130 Open cockpit landplanes 8221 One place 266 Two place 543

An Ingenious Aileron Control

ALL regular production models and the latest 21A Trainer (described in AVIATION, August, 1931) built by the Consolidated Aircraft Corporation have an ingenious aileron control arrangement which eliminates all exterior fittings and internal cables, pulleys, or torque tubes.
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