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while he also handled sales. He furnished all the controls in the early Ford-Stout all-metal monoplanes, and the motor controls for the Boeing mail plane 40 B. Arens Controls were used on many of the early planes.

In 1934 Arens opened his own plant with four employees. In 1939 he founded Arens Controls, Inc. and moved to larger quarters, with thirty employees, to fill the orders for controls from all of the United States and Canada. Later he arranged for an Arens Controls, Ltd. of Croyden, England. About that time he also became Secretary of the E. M. Laird Airplane Company. In 1944 Arens sold his interest in Arens Controls, Inc., located at Evanston, Illinois, and resigned as President of the company. He then formed Arens Products Company of Winamac, Indiana and devoted considerable time to development work along various lines until retirement.

Arens had a major illness during 1962 from which he never fully recovered. Living within his limitations since then he passed away at his home in Winamac, Indiana January 13th, 1967. He was survived by his wife and a sister.

Early Bird Charles Arens devoted the major part of his active lifetime to the progress of American aviation history in many ways - mechanic, pilot, experimental work, creative development and manufacturing. During his years in retirement he was active in local civic and business affairs of his home town and was President of the new Pulaski Memorial Hospital there. Early member of the Illinois Model Airplane Club, the Aero Club of Illinois, N.A.A., S.E.A. and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, he served two years as Secretary of the Early Birds, and is certainly richly deserving of great credit for his many valuable contributions over the years in helping to create the air age enjoyed by the world today. 


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