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the class with him were Edson Gallaudet, George Beatty and William C. Beers. By early July Cross was flying alone, and on July 27, 1911, he obtained FAI Flying License No. 35. During this interval he had ordered a Wright type B airplane and by August 10th had his own hangar and was practicing frequently with his new plane. Having made a flight of nearly an hour he qualified for the first step toward the Rodman Wannamaker Trophy awarded for the longest flight by an amateur in a given month. He continued flying the balance of the 1911 season. On November 13th Cross became a director of the Aero Club of America and on November 27th was elected to the Board of Governors, his term to expire in 1915. In December he represented the Aero Club of America at the annual meeting of the Federation Aeronautique Internationale in Rome, Italy.

In early 1912 Cross was elected a meber of the Contest Committee of the Aero Club and Chairman of the Board on licensing aviators. Later he was made a member of the Gordon-Bennett Aviation Trophy Committee. He also was one of three members to decide on giving Glenn Curtiss the 1911 Aero Club Trophy (later named the Robert J. [[strikethorough]] T. [[/strikethrough]] Collier Trophy) for his successful development of a (hydroaeroplane)[[strikethrough]] hydroplane [[/strikethrough]]. During the spring and summer of 1912 Cross continued to fly, maintaining his plane and hangar at Nassau. In early summer he went to Chicago as the Aero Club's representative to arrange for the Gordon-Bennett Trophy Race which was held at Clearing, Illinois, on September 9th. In December he was made a Life Member of the Aero Club. 

In January, 1913, he was again one of three members who decided to award Glenn Curtiss the 1912 Aero Club Trophy for his development of the Flying Boat. In the spring of 1913 Cross married and decided to quit flying and sold his plane. 

In later years Cross did some big game hunting and took an active part in civia[[strikethough]] l [[/strikethrough]] affairs. In June, 1937, he became President of the New York Zoo and

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