The Progress of Civil Aviation

February 21, 1929

Report Outline
Air Serice Operations
Private Flying
Development of Airways and Airports
The Government and Civil Aeronautics
Production and Trade in Aircraft Industry
Airplane Accidents and Aerial Insurance
Economic Questions in Aeronautical Development
Special Focus

A little more than a quarter of a century has elapsed since the epochal flights of the Wright brothers in 1903 with the first practical power airplane of man-carrying size. During this period the airplane has passed through the exhibition stage, and its application to civil life as an instrument of economic service has been well advanced. In a report issued in December, 1928, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics1 said:

“The development of aviation in America during the past year has been amazing, and emphasizes the necessity for continued study on a large scale of the basiu problems in construction, maintenance and operation of airoraft.”

It is well known that aviation has made progress in captivating popular imagination, especially that of the younger generation. The government at present has on file more than 15,000 applications from those who wish to become student pilots. What is not so well known is the real rate of economic progress of the flying industry as measured in quantitive terms, devoid of emotional interest.

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