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Opportunities Offered By C. A. A.
For Women To Obtain Pilot Licence


So you want to learn to fly. And
you never knew how to go about ac-
complishing that secret desire. Will
you be able to do it?
Thus go the questions prompted-by
the opportunities offered by the CivilI
Aeronautics Administration. In an-I
swer to the complexity of flying, Prof.
William W. Gilbert of the Depart-
ment of Metal Processing in the En-
gineering School remarked: "The
new planes are so easy to handle that
they seem to me almost easier to run
than an automobile."
License Is Granted
Requirements for enrollment in
the C.A.A. course, which at the com-
pletion grants a private pilot's li-
cense with lS rating, are the same
for women as for men. One preced-
ing year of college or a total of two
years of college work is essential.
Candidates are chosen from stan-
dards as to their purpose and desira-
bility to fly. As to purpose, Professor
Gilbert said, "We try to use this as
a course to carry through to a pro-
fession, not as a means to fly." The
same physical examination is given
to applicants for the student course
as is given to those seeking a com-
mercial pilot license. Normal, un-
corrected vision of 20-20 acuity is a
necessity. Also, all applicants must
be between 18 and 26 years of age.
Women Are Good Pilots
"Women are enthusiastic about
flying. They like it. And we have
some crackerjack women pilots,"
Professor Gilbert told this reporter
while being questioned about his
activities as head of the summer
C. A. A. department in the Univer-
sity. He revealed that in the past
there were a larger percentage of
women who were washed out but

that the women who did complete
the course are extraordinarily good
Asked about the possibilities open
to women after they have obtained
proficiency in flying, Professor Gil-
' ert mentioned that some instructor-
-hips are available. He said that at
the present time there are not many
women instructors in the field. Other
b nefits from flying he listed were
piloting for bpth business and pri-
vate enjoyment.
Ten Percent Accepted
Up to the present time, ten percent
of the pilots accepted for the course
are allowed to be women. Out of the
60 students in the summer session
four were women. Professor Gil-
bert said- that the quota for 50 ap-
plicants is not yet filled for this se-
mester. "Ordinarily," he added, "be-
tween 30 and 50 percent are not ac-
ceptable because of physical defects."
This year a charge of about $25
will be asked of all students, which
includes the medical examination,
life insurance, text books, equipment
and all instruction. The would-be
pilots, however, will have to furnish
their own transportation to the Ann
Arbor airport where instruction is
given, said Professor Gilbert.
Course Begins Now
The course for the winter begins
this month and continues until Jan.
1 when the same course will be given
again until June.
"No engineering knowledge is re-
quired for the course. The necessary
background is attained in the ground
school," Professor Gilbert declared.
About four hours weekly are spent
attending the ground school, instruc-
tion being given from 7:30 p.m. to
9:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.
Professor Gilbert went on to say
that whereas previously the Univer-
sity had taught all of the ground
school studies, this term, flight oper-
ators will supplement some of the
work in order to attain better coor-
dination between flight and class-
Hours Are Counted
Eight hours of solo flying is the
minimun number of hours required
by C. A. A. ruling. The total flight
hours, however, at the conclusion of
the local course' average 43 hours,
half of which are solo. The only
flight exam is the final which must
be passed to be granted the license
that entitles the holder to carry any
unpaid passengers.
"Basically the idea behind the
C. A. A. program is to build up a
reserve of pilots in case of national
emergency. The government spends
$400 on each student during the

period of his instruction," stated
Professor Gilbert in answer to a
question about the financial backing
of the course.
Applications may still be obtained
at the Aeronautical Engineering De-
partment in the East Engineering
Building on East University Avenue,
Professor Gilbert added. For this
semester Prof. Harold F. Allen of the
Aeronautical Engineering Depart-
ment will be in charge.

Oft-Evaded Saturday
Class Is Compulsory
Once again those well-dodged Sat-
urday classes are back in the com-
pulsory field. Freshmen and soph-
omores this year are required to have
at least one sucn course on their
programs. Excuses may be obtained
for religious or "working" reasons, but
these must be specially petitioned
Last year the campus joy was the
lifting of this requirement; previous
to this .all students, regardless of
class, were compelled to elect one
Saturday course.

Dame rumor, the mischievous miss,
has it that a protest meeting will be
staged by Michigan Coeds as an indi-
cation of their disgust with divorce
laws which have permitted Hedy
Lamarr and Lana Turner and Carol
Landis and other cinema sirens to
return to circulation.
The Daily's roving reporter, abso-
lutely neutral, roved with super scru-
tiny, last night, and according to
observations miss rumor, or rumour,
is to be taken at her word. The La-
marr menace is not it be overlooked.

In(ign ant Coeds Initiate War On Divorce

The roving one disappeared into
a shadow near the Row Row Row
house, famous for the lustre of its
pulchritudinous inhabitants, and allI
the ping pong, checkers. chess, bridge1
and mah jong equipment was per-1
ceived to be in use. In fact all the
girls appeared to be at home.
Two snoops and a listen indicated
the why's of the situation. The seeing
one heard the following:
"Hal was wooing me and me alone,
until Hedy regained her eligibility.;
I wish that gal would stay wed."
"What about Lana Turner," an-l

other remarked. "Wasn't she satis-
fied with hot-lips Shaw?"
And on it went. The neglected
brood carried on with added protes-
tations. "Something must be done,"
they concluded.
Plans overseen and overheard
called for probable torchlight
parades, write-a-letter-to-your-con-
gressman drives, a boycott of movies
starring mashers who leave their
spouses and smash campus romances,
and other threats which may even
include a blitzkrieg on Hollywood
heart hammerers.




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