May 1, 1939

The Test Pilot Looks at Aircraft Safety

Aviation Operators Corner

Stacks and Rings


The Test Pilot Looks at Aircraft Safety

IF aviation is to come into its own —to be used by the masses for private operation and to occupy a position of public utility comparable with that of the automobile—safety must be given more prominence. It is hoped that this emphasis can be given to safety with a minimum handicap to performance but, regardless of the cost in that respect, if aircraft are to be made safer for the average person, improvements in design must be effected which will reduce the regulation and education now imposed on the operator and, by the simplification of duties and the improvement of working conditions, eliminate the physical and mental fatigue with which their operation is now associated.


Aviation Operators Corner

CLARE W. BUNCH took time out from his executive duties recently to fly one of his Monocoupes from Burbank, Calif., to Roosevelt Field breaking the previous transcontinental light plane record. He arrived after a flight of 23 hr., 27 min., and 10 sec., at 1:07:10 p.m., April 3.

Stacks and Rings

Part II—Expansion Joints


National Aviation

APRIL 12th, eight months almost to the day from the occasion of his taking oath as the first chairman of the Civil Aeronautics Authority, Edward J. Noble resigned to become Assistant to Secretary of Commerce, Harry L. Hopkins. As soon as Congress passes the necessary legislation his new title is to be Under Secretary of Commerce.

Transport Aviation

“JUST what is the C.A.A. going to do about airmail rates?”. For at least eight months no question has been more common or more important to the American air transport industry. There are other interesting questions of policy the C.A.A. must settle— squabbles over routes, demands for new methods for determining mail payments, requests for thousands of miles of extensions and feeders.
Flying Equipment

The Unitwin Vega

A new approach to the private transport problem


Aviation Manufacturing

By the time this issue reaches our readers it is probable that the Glenn L. Martin Company will be busy producing aircraft in its huge new sub-assembly building erected almost by magic in a bare 11 weeks’ time. Actually the story of this plant addition is one of those old fashioned dramas featuring the American genius for high speed organization and output.

Machine Shop at Vultee

To liquidate the heavy machine tool equipment investment in an aircraft factory, the machines must be used nearly 24 hours a day. Here are a number of ingenious set-ups and attachments devised by Vultee engineers to make a single machine do many different jobs.


Research Wins Wars

Victory or defeat in the coming struggle for air supremacy on international trade routes or in military campaigns is now being metered out in aeronautical laboratories.

Picked Up Along Editorial Airways

HELLZAPOPIN’ AGAIN around aeronautical Washington. Dopesters were still trying to figure out why C.A.A. had not been declared exempt from re-organization when over the wires came news of Mr. Noble’s resignation and the announcement of Mr. Hinckley’s elevation to the purple.
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