January 1, 1934

Looking Around the Corner

News of the Month

The Old Year


Looking Around the Corner

Lifting the Veil on the Industry’s Prospects for 1934


News of the Month

Ayes have it RETURNS from Aeronautics Branch Director Vidal’s low-priced airplane survey among 34,000 licensed pilots, mechanics, and student permit holders (AVIATION, December, page 382) continue to show a strongly affirmative reaction to his question: “Would you buy a plane of the order described if it could be made available?” The 17,730 answers received during the first three weeks of the survey revealed a total of 9,437 expressions of willingness to buy, 53 per cent of the total number of responses.

The Old Year

The turning point was passed in 1933 and all forces are moving upward

Flutter... What to Do?

THE increasing use of cantilever structures, particularly in lowwing monoplanes, has brought the question of susceptibility to flutter, buffeting, or vibration into the foreground. They were very much in the foreground at the recent Chicago meeting of the Society of Automotive Engineers, where J. A. Roché of Wright Field presented a paper on recent developments in anti-flutter design and revealed the rules that he recommends to assure flutter suppression.

Cowling and Cooling

The results of 50 hours of flight testing, involving 12,000 engine temperature readings, to determine the cooling properties of several forms of cowling


Materials... Their Effect on Design

THE interdependence of airplane design and materials and their mutual effect on performance has been amply demonstrated in the past year. Anyone making either a cursory or detailed inspection of the new civil or military airplanes is immediately aware of the advance made in the application of the various materials.


Power Plants in 1933

THE YEAR 1933 was marked by further increases in the rated output of many models of American airplane engines. These increases have been made possible largely by improvement in cooling through better fin design, cowling, and baffling of cylinders, and by improvement in the anti-knock value of available aircraft fuels.


1933 Development in Military Aircraft

MILITARY secrecy fences the design and production of military aircraft off from the curious eye and covers them with a thick blanket of silence, and it is easy for anyone who hasn’t actually been engaged in the field to overlook the tremendous amount of experimental work that the American industry has carried on on behalf of the Army and Navy in the past two or three years.

Where Do We Go From Here?

ON NOV. 8, as the final outcome of more than two months of debate over detail, the President attached his signature to the Air Transport Code, and it became part of the law of the land. On Dec. 19 the newly-organized Air Transport Code Authority, representative of all groups in the transport field, held its first meeting.

A Break for the Private Pilot

WE HAVE just recently been talking to a friend —a forward-looking man who has never had any direct connection with the aviation business. He has been thinking of learning to fly, and he came in to tell us that he had decided not to do so. ‘I had understood,” he said, “that I could get all the necessary training for $400, but now the school that I have been corresponding with tells me that it is marked up to $800, and if it is so much of a job as to be worth all that I’m afraid it is beyond me.”

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