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August 2 - 16.1931 THE SECOND SOARING MEET ..for"C" License


More Engineers for Gliding

As Caeser said, "The Rubicon is crossed"..or..Omnia Olding est divisa in partes tres" .. so said I to myself upon returning home from Elmira,N.Y. with my F.A.I. Soaring license #37, the first earned by a woman in the U.S.A EARNED FAIRLY, SANS INTRIGUE. I certainly give myself a "pat on the back" (the advise given in a song to do when you are blue) that I did enough to keep me going thru the Intrigue and Politics, so omnipresent at the Meet. I have been in athletics most of my life butnever have I seen so much lack of good sportsmanship in ANYTHING (speeches before various Clubs and at the Banquet notwithstanding.) Soaring seems to be predominantly Corrupt from the treatment of a certain manager (who is not so dumb) clear thru some of it's recognized expert pilots. The next month will see some changes made in the way things are run, we hope for the bearing that GLIDING has on all Aviation. Some one who has suffered in Aviation and stood up under it's beatings will be brave enough to take the Job and maintain a healthy atmosphere so that Gliding will be nourished to it's promising Maturity.
"All Gliding is divided into three parts" first the greedy ones (who ridiculed Commercial Aviation development) harming Gliding who expect to make "a million out of gliders "by gum"; second a very few who are deeply fond of it can give it real thoughts; third, by two of the best designers, both men of "guts" and integrity, that ever built anything. The first group obvious good sports; you know the type who talk loudly about fairness when there is a crowd. A real instinct for doing "the sporting" thing. The other two groups managed to be deaf enough to the greedy ones to get their own gliding efforts recorded. Now it is up to the F.A.T. and NA.A's new Official, ignorant of the real conditions to get Justice, not done at end of Meet.
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