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AVIATION

INTERVIEW WITH CAPTAIN EUAN DICKSON." Captain Euan' Diflksoa, the new director of thei Canterbury Aviation, Corrapamy's Saokbua-n A eax> drome,. arrived in Chnistahucii'h recently sa.ys the frees, ain^ will take up his duties in the oowse of ai few days. Captain Diakscm left, an impioirtainit eingineering aippodatment ait Thajnes early., m 1916 ta joiiD tlie R.N.A.S., and he retua'iied to this ooumtay with a splendid fighting] recwd amid ai lminbar of::d©ooratiotns whidi speak for themselves —D.S.C., and bar, D.F.C., and Croix do Gueire. He paatioipated in wo less than 185 air raids, 100 of which he led. He was shot down by the famous Ruchthoiein'si "Jtecl Squadi-on," and after the Somine push in Maircih, 1918, h© was on© of the 1 three who remained oif the original squadroaii. Captewu Ddckson has flown practically every typet of machine, in*ciludiiiig the kitest .Super-Mad^iaisydie scoiut, which, aittadnis a speed of ; 145 to 150 miiiles an hour, and cairu -rise from the ground in, ten or fifteen yards. - i

In conversation with a Press representative Captain Diokson stated that civilian, flying was becoming firmly established in Britaiin, and that in his opinion, before very long aviation will have taken* its place, alonig ivith other means of cominercdal transport. Aeiriail mail runs liad been made, llxit it was too eaaiy to say whether. ifiey would mean* amy great saving, ''kails were droipped by parachute. A* deij'iand for civilian air pilots was bfenig) built up owing to the fact that many oi the wealthier English people buying macihin/eis toi shorten the iiine between! toiwni and their country houses. It was also quit© usual'! for* business mem to take am airplane from London so tha* they might catch a! boat at the last moment, while crossing the Channel by air was now an every-day oocairr«nioe. | . ! Tie future of New Zealand a^ a flying coiumtry was nho dlisoussed 1^ by Coiptivii.- Dioksomi. From bis knowledge of the countiy he stated jbliat thea'e was no reason, why flying 1 sh^ild not talk© plac© practtdcially eivieiyI where in the Domiiniotiii. Suitable' ljnid--1 iuig places were to be found in-' the \alleys of asay oountiy that had been oipened up. Of coua-sie nobody would expect to laind in parts of the King 1, Counfey off 1 in other bush, areas. ;.j 4 lx^ regiard to seaiplaneis these had their" advantages where tihore was water,; but no suitable landing ground aivailable. This type of machine would be useful in North. Auckland, and it afforded a/ good deal of spoir'ti vm hair- ; bour-flying. An amipthibionisi machine wais btiiigl mia.nufactu;re.d at Hoane, , but a madiii-ne caimying both wheels ' mad floats, had greatea 11 >vind resistance and must neoessariily be slower than a>n airplanei. Genenally speaking there v& s rnoi-0 head resistance oin seaplanes \ and flying boats, atnd they had not i the Lifting poweir, because their landing -gear was sheavieii-.

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AVIATION Thames Star, Volume LIII, Issue 14060, 6 December 1919

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