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-5- I am sending information out with Mr. Butterworth, who is returning to the States, which is more recent than some of the information contained in my letter. I attended a meeting of the Commission today which lasted approximately one-half hour and concerned A.T.C. matters. The Spanish Commission is very cooperative and there appears to be very little necessity for it except as a means of cutting red tape. All matters of importance are taken up with the various departments direct and immediate action is forthcoming. The Air Transport Command are operating one schedule a week between Paris and Lisbon and, at the present time, the only communication facility installed at Madrid is a small portable transmitter and receiver. I understand that equipment is on the way but we do not have any information as to when it will arrive. The purpose of the Air Transport Command operation is not very clear to me as there is no military traffic through this area. If you have information which would change our policy I certainly would like to have it. As stated before I left, our greatest contribution to the Spanish Government will be the assistance that we can give in establishing airports and air navigation facilities which, of course, is contingent on the release of the construction equipment necessary, and also the radio aids and light beacons. We can have no [[crossed-out]] civil aviation [[/crossed-out]]airline operation. through Spain until the airports are improved and facilities installed. It is therefore quite important that we get someone to assist them in preparing a list of equipment and follow through on acquisition, inspection, export and installation. Sincerely yours, Jack. J. E. Sommers, Assistant Administrator, CAA. P.S. When is the Board going to get busy and award certificates. That would solve a lot of our problems and take us off the ferris. JES
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