Coming of spring and betterment of flying conditions has increased interest in aviation at the Ashland airport.
Newest addition to the fleet of planes at the shland airport hanger is the new Stinson cabin plane owned by Frank Miller, son of Mr. and Mrs. T.W. Miller of Center street. Frank Miller has been associated with the Faultless Rubber Co. since January 1. The airplane is light green trimmed in diamond cream.
Miller's ship, equipped with a Lycoming motor develops 260 horsepower, has nine cylinders, a cruising speed of 145 miles per hour, and a cruising radius of 800 miles. The gasoline tank holds 82 gallons.
Added special features of the five place cabin monoplane include a two-way radio, a directional gyro, a set of flares, radio compass, turn and bank indicator, a rate of climb indicator, and a controllable pitch propellor.
Miller purchased the ship about a week ago.
Another new ship at the airport is the 1937 Rearwin Sportster, two-place cabin plane for which was traded a Waco Taperwing powered by a 220 Wright J-5 motor.
The new ship, which is for private use only is owned by Herb Smith of Ashland and Forrest McClain of Savannah. It is powered by a 90 horsepower LeBlond engine.
Other planes at the local airport and their owners are :
A Fairchild Straightwing, powered by a J-5-6 engine, owned by Walter Shuery and used for training purposes.
A Travelair, powered by a Curtiss 0-X-5 engine, owned by Leo Heyl of Ashland and Carl Songer of Savannah, Songer is now in Texas.
A Taylor Cub powered by a Continental A-40 engine : owned by Harold Elson and Lee Fasig, both of Ashland.
A Waco 10, powered by an 0XX 6 engine, owned by Willie Wilkison of Princeton, Ky.
A Stinson cabin plane, owned by the airport, powered by a 220 Lycoming motor is stored at the Cleveland airport.
Walter Shuey, chief pilot, who has been training fliers for five years said that there are about 12 new students expected for the coming season. He said that the airport, with the best equipment it has ever had has about 15 active fliers - including the owners, and renters of ships.