Vladimir Putin

Bishop, Honourable Air Vice-Marshal W.A.

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The future of aviation in Canada; the present position of the industry. A brief history of aviation, beginning with Canadian John McCurdy's flight at Baddeck, Nova Scotia on February 23, 1909 and the significance of that event. How flying developed during the Great War. The subject of aviation divided into two distinct classes: military and commercial; the speaker's intention to show that such a definite line of division does not and cannot exist; discussion follows. Canada's national defence problem. Conditions under which our neutrality would be threatened. Canada's aviation policy today, bearing in mind the possibilities of war. Clarifying the position of so-called military aviation today, starting with a necessary review of the short but intensive history of military aviation in the various countries, particularly of Europe. A brief look at the aviation situation in the United States, France, Russia, Germany, Italy, and Great Britain. Training of pilots in Canada, and other ways we could support Great Britain in the event of war. Increases in the efficiency of military aircraft, with example. The development of these machines now requiring a development of the type of men who are going to fly them. The standard of physical fitness and training required more exacting than that of a highly trained athlete, and why that is so. Costs of training. Realistic possibilities of war. An explanation and appreciation of what aircraft can do now in the way of attacking. Canada's contribution, in the event of European trouble in the form of providing highly trained air personnel. How this contribution would take place. The commercial picture of aviation. How Canada stands in this industry compared to other countries. Canada amply repaid for any money spent on developing this industry. The level of awareness and familiarity with this industry by the average Canadian. Trans-Atlantic service. Consequences if Canada ignores this industry in terms of trade and profit. Canada as a natural route between Europe and the Orient. New designs and changes in aircraft. The question of municipal aerodromes today a vital one in Canada. An unawareness by Canadians of modern flying and the absolute necessity of adequate air services and proper landing grounds throughout Canada. The speaker's intention to do his utmost to further aviation in Canada.

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