1929 - Chief Engineer at the Mohawk Aircraft Company.
Project manager in the design and construction of the Mohawk Pinto, a two-seat personal
aircraft produced by the Mohawk Aircraft Company of Minneapolis.
Autumn 1929 - University of Minnesota offers him an associate professorship and
tasks him with organizing a Faculty of Aeronatical Engineering.
Offered the chair of the Faculty of Aeronautics at Latvian University (declined)
1931-1959 - Dean of the Faculty of Aeronautical Engineering at the University of Minnesota.
1931 - Consultant to the Madras Rotor Power Company on the Flettner rotor project.
1934-1937 - Commissioner of Aeronautics for the State of Minnesota
1935 - Akerman visits Moscow, where the Russians offer him a position with a new aeronautical
research facility (declined).
1935 - Visited the LKOD plant and provided advice to local designer Jekabs Kruze, who had worked with Akerman
in the past, in Minnesota.
Summer 1935 - Visited the VEF facility and made contact with Karlis Irbitis. They had the first
discussions of what was eventually to become the JDA-10M project.
Akerman sends a set of drawings for a fighter aircraft to VEF. He had
originally designed it for Spain, but the Civil War ended their plans for production.
Instead, he offered it to VEF for what Irbitis called "a reasonable price".
However, the aircraft was designed for a powerful radial engine, while VEF's design philosophy was
to use streamlined in-line engines in their designs. The offer was declined.
1937 - Consultant to the Porterfield Aircraft Company in their high-altitude fighter project.
1937 - 1939 - designed the twin-engined JDA-10M, which was built by
VEF under his direction. Maiden flight - September 4, 1939 at Spilve.
1938 - VEF builds a small wind tunnel, using drawing provided by professor Akerman.
August 1939 - Akerman again visits Latvia, primarily to witness the unveiling of the JDA-10M.
August 1939 - witnessed a demonstration of the Shnore parachute design. Akerman was
impressed and, after the war, attempted to contact the designer but without success.
September 7, 1939 - the Latvian Ministry of Defense, aware of their increasingly
difficult military situation and the lack of modern aircraft for national defense, met
with VEF to determine their ability to produce military aircraft. Professor Akerman
attended this meeting to provide technical consultation.
November 1939 - returning home to the USA, Akerman stops off in Sweden to visit
Swedish factories that produce sheet steel and steel tubing.
1942 - Established the Strato Equipment Comany, his own laboratory in which he
designed and developed instruments and equipment for high altitude flight, as well
as the iron lung for use in patients with respiratory paralysis.
1942-1943 - Adviser to the US Defence Research Council
September 1945 - Sent to Germany as an official investigator for the United States
National Defense Research Council.
1945 - Named an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Aeronautical Science
1946-1962 - Director of the Rosemount Aeronautical Laboratory.
Professor at the University of Minnesota, Chair of the Aviation Studies faculty.
During his lifetime he was the author of 12 patents.
1948 - Named a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.
1962 - Retired.
1971 - Spent the year exploring the island of Tobago, researching the colony of Latvians
who settled there centuries ago.
Died: January 8, 1972 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
- Daugavas Vanagu Menesraksts 1972, No.3, pg.72
- Latvijas Aviacijas Vesture Bruvelis, Edvins
- Of Struggle and Flight Irbitis, Karlis