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and was soon flying so well that Curtiss made him assistant instructor to work out the remainder of his tuition fee. Callan remained there that winter and continued his flying. On February 28, 1912 he obtained F.A.I. Flying License No. 102. When the school moved back to Hammondsport that spring Callan went along, but soon had an offer to get into exhibition work. Flight promoter William Pickens was organizing an exhibition team and invited Callan to join his group. Accordingly, with Julia Clarke, Farnum Fish, Horace Kearney and John Kaminski, the team started flying exhibitions in May. They had just started the tour when Julia Clarke was killed at Springfield, Illinois, on June 1st, after which the team broke up. Callan returned to Hammondsport where Curtiss appointed him Chief Instructor of land machines. On July 4th he flew at Schenectady, New York. That season he did a tremendous amount of flying in school work, from dawn to dusk, and also began to practice on water planes. In the spring of 1913 Curtiss appointed Callan Chief Instructor of float machines and again he accumulated considerable flying time in school work. On August 15th he flew an exhibition engagement for the company at Jackson, Michigan. On September 6th he was sent to Lakes George and Champlain to carry resort society passengers and to demonstrate a new deluxe Flying boat. There he carried scores of passengers in promotional work, returning to Hammondsport in mid-October. On November 12th he became a member of the Aero Club of America. During the early months of 1914 Callan was at the Pensacola Naval Air Station, in Florida, performing demonstration and test work for the Curtiss Company. In the early spring, Curtiss contracted to build a large twin-engine flying boat, called the "America," for an attempted trans-Atlantic flight, and delegated Callan to map the course and prepare for supplies and spare parts at re-fueling stops. The course selected was via St. Johns, Newfoundland, Horta in the Azores, then to Vigo, Spain. Callan left to make these preparations in June and was to act as possible relief pilot at Horta, if necessary, on the flight to Spain. Due to many development delays and the approach of World War I in Europe the flight was never made. 2
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