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50        U.S. AIR SERVICES     November, 1931

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THOMAS R. REED, meteorologist of the U.S. Weather Bureau at San Francisco, and associate editor of U.S. AIR SERVICES, featured the graduation ceremonies last month for the summer class of 26 Master students at the Boeing Schools of Aeronautics, Oakland Airport, California, by a discussion of airway weather reporting methods. With an enrollment of 56 students in the Master Mechanics class and 14 student pilots, the Boeing School of Aeronautics opened its fall quarter courses on October 5th. The autumn registration means the Boeing School is now operating on a basis of 88% capacity. Master Mechanic students will have 1,444 hours of lecture and laboratory instruction in a course of nine months' duration. 

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Hawley Bowlus, glider instructor at LeRoy, N.Y., is reported to have flown recently from that place to Rochester, 26 miles in a motorless ship. 

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College students at the University of Southern California are offered an opportunity to study the laws of aviation in a new course which opened there this fall. The instruction offered also includes radio law. 

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Miss Wang Kwei-fen, the first Chinese young woman to receive an American airplane pilot's license, has been given an executive post in the aviation administration of the Ministry of War. She returned recently from New York University, where she studied aviation and qualified as a pilot. She intends to work in Nanking only for one year, after which she will go to Europe to study technical aviation, hoping to assist China to establish its own airplane factories. 

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A request was received by Col. Clarence M. Young from the U.S. Yorktown Sesquicentennial Commission asking that during the celebration of the Sesquicentennial Anniversary of the Siege of Yorktown, Virginia, held October 16th to 19th inclusive, all civilian aircraft refrain from flying over or near Yorktown that all necessary noise during the outdoor ceremonies might be avoided. The War and Navy Departments instructed their pilots to avoid passing over the Yorktown area during 

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these days, and the Department of Commerce requested that all pilots of civilian aircraft operating in that vicinity refrain from flying over or near Yorktown during the period mentioned. 

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The Navy Department has awarded a contract to the Glenn L. Martin Company, Baltimore, Md., for 16 bombing planes, BM-2 type, and spare parts for $534,662. These planes are a modification of the BM-1 planes which are now being built by the Martin company. 

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CAPT. EDWARD V. RICKENBACKER led a group of famous flyers to City Hall, in New York, to ask Mayor Walker to take the first box for the Four-Field Flying Show, held last month for the unemployed. The show brought out crack squadrons of Army, Navy and Marine Corps flyers. Capt. Frank M. Hawks, Roger Q. Williams, George A. Vaughan, Wiley Post, Harold Gatty, Clarence D. Chamberlin, Amelia Earhart, Casey Jones, and Bernt Balchen were in the group to invite the mayor to Floyd Bennett Field. 
   Boxes for eight persons each were erected at Roosevelt Field to sell at $100 each. Mrs. Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., wife of the Governor General of Porto Rico, was chairman of the group of society women who handled the sale. The show was offered also at Curtiss-Wright Airport, Valley Stream, L. I., and Glenn H. Curtiss Airport, North Beach, Queens. 
   Assisting Mrs. Roosevelt were: 
     Mrs. Winthrop W. Aldrich, Mrs. J. Henry 
     Alexandre, Mrs. Robert L. Bacon, Mrs. 
     George F. Baker, Mrs. Parker Corning, Mrs. William Delano, Mrs. Marshall Field, Mrs. H. G. Gray, Mrs. Harry F. Guggenheim, Mrs. William Randolph Hearst, Mrs. Richard F. Hoyt, Mrs. Robert Huntington, Mrs. Grover Loening, Mrs. John Pratt, Mrs. Charles Cary Rumsey, Mrs. Henry W. Sage, Mrs. A. Charles Schwartz, Mrs. Alfred P. Sloan, jr., Mrs. Dodge Sloane and Mrs. Harrison Williams. 
 
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   The scheduled air lines operating in continental United States carried nearly 9,000 more passengers in August then in July, announces the Aeronautics Branch of the Department of Commerce. Also during August the miles flown by scheduled air lines increased
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almost a half million and express increased about 60,000 pounds over July. These gains were shown by 33 of the 42 companies operating in July, and 34 of the 42 companies operating in August in continental United States.

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David Visel, recently appointed manager of the Curtiss-Steinberg Airport in East St. Louis, Ill., joined the Curtiss Flying Service early in March, 1929, in Garden City, as assistant to the vice-president in charge of operations and later served under Major Brainard in the same capacity. In June, he was mad vice-president of Curtiss Airports Corporations, taking an important part in the establishment of the largest chain of airports at twelve strategic points across the country. Having accomplished this task of airport building, he took charge of Curtiss-Wright Flying Service Sales. Ten years of advertising and sales management experience, service overseas, learning to fly with the French Army, serving as an Army pilot in the World War and later with Hoover in American Relief Administration —— these things point to a bright future.

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Mr. and Mrs. F. B. Rentschler were recent guests of the Greenbrier, at  White Sulphur Springs, Va. 

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HERBERT C. MAYER is president of the A. D. M. Corporation, 19 Congress Street, Boston, and now for the first time the autogiro is available to the private owner in New England through the establishment of the Kellett Autogiro Agency. The field headquarters will be Wellesly-Natick Airport. The A. D. M. Corporation has been organized by Boston men who have been connected with aviation for many years. Mr. Mayer has been interested in flying since 1910 when he was associated with Glenn H. Curtiss and other early flyers. As a wartime flyer and lately educational director of the Curtiss-Wright Flying Service and president of the Aeronautical Service, Inc., he has had an unusual chance to study the needs of the private flyer. Martin Dodge, secretary-treasurer of the new company, is also vice-president of Aviation Securities Corporation of New England. 
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