LATVIAN AVIATION ITEMS FROM "LATVIJAS KAREIVIS" NEWSPAPER - 1930



  • JANUARY
    • January 1
      • Deruluft announces no Berlin-Karalauci-Riga-Moscow service during winter
    • January 5
      • Riga stock exchange donates 2040 Lats to the families of aviators Rucelis and Jirgenssens.
    • January 9
      • Rucelis and Jirgenssens names removed from list of active Aviation Regiment officers.
    • January 11
      • Flight instructor Major D. Collins arrives from England
      • Meteorological readings taken at Spilve airfield.
    • January 14
      • Inebriated man found unconcious near hangars at Spilve.
    • January 15
      • Estonian aviators arrive in Riga for a goodwill visit.
    • January 15
      • Visiting Estonian aviators are grounded by heavy fog and remain for an extra day.
    • January 17
      • Aviation Regiment flight school celebrates 10 year anniversary
      • Announcement that aviators will have their flight pay included in their pension calculations
      • Report on Latvian delegation's visit to Polish flight schools and squadrons.
    • January 18
      • Visiting Estonian aviators return to Tallin.
      • Private Martins Cirulis of the Aviation Regiment dies of natural causes
    • January 21
      • Aviation Regiment flight school's celebration of 10th anniversary will be postponed due to renovations of the facility
      • Sgt.Stumburs is forbidden to test fly his home-made aircraft
    • January 23
      • Edgars Alberings is injured when struck by his own taxiing aircraft at Spilve.
      • Air Traffic Board meets to adopt international air transport conventions developed at the Warsaw conference.
    • January 24
      • British aviator Maj.D.Colliers (Collins?) crashes heavily in a Sopwith at Spilve.
    • January 26
      • A note warning people not to speculate about the cause for the Jan.24 crash until the investigation report is released.
    • January 29
      • Initial report on D.Gotsalks' crash at Spilve
      • V.Jakubovs nominated for the Clifford Harmon award
    • January 30
      • Reporting that pilot D.Gotsalks has died of the wounds sustained in Jan.28 crash
      • Karlis Skribo is promoted to rank of Lt.Col.
      • Ltn. Karlis Kalacis is transferred from the Naval Aviation section to the Submarine section.
    • January 31
      • Funeral plans for D.Goltsalk. Brief bio of aviator.
  • FEBRUARY
    • February 2
      • Report on funeral of D.Gotsalk.
    • February 5
      • Minister of War's response to Saeimas' questions regarding military aviation safety. (Part I)
      • Note of appreciation from widow of D.Gotsalk
    • February 6
      • Five Junkers aircraft will overfly Latvia en route to Moscow.
      • Deruluft reports that there will be no Karalauci-Kaunas-Moscow winter service (overflying Latvia)
      • Minister of War's response to Saeimas' questions regarding military aviation safety. (Part II)
    • February 15
      • Report of a minor forced landing near Spilve.
    • February 15
      • D.Gotsalks is removed from the list of active Aviation Regiment officers.
    • February 19
      • Military Order pertaining to the supply of firewood and aviation oil to Spile and other aerodromes.
    • February 22
      • Capt.Zarins has built a scale working model of a radical aircraft design.
      • Book review of aviation articles in Technikas Apskats Nr.5(24)
  • MARCH
    • March 1
      • New forage cap design for mechanics in the Aviation Regiment
    • March 5
      • State approval for a lottery to raise funds for the widows and families of aviators who die in aviation-related incidents.
    • March 12
      • Reuters reports that British floatplanes will be making a tour of the Baltic this year.
    • March 14
      • Publication of the candidates credentials required in order to be considered for entry into the Regiments flight school.
    • March 16
      • Book Review - Technikas Apskats No.25 - military tactics - ground strafing
    • March 18
      • Junkers training aircraft visits Riga en route to Finland flight school
    • March 19
      • Junkers training aircraft demonstrated at Spilve.
      • Arturs Retigs transfers from 10th Aizputes Regiment to the Aviaton Regiment.
    • March 23
      • Report that the Finnish Junkers training aircraft made a forced landing en route to Finland.
    • March 29
      • Deruluft announces that its Berlin-Moscow route will go through Kaunas instead of Riga this year.
      • The British War Office requests permission for a squadron of British military aircraft to make a goodwill visit to Latvia in September.
    • March 30
      • The Regimental flight school will begin a training course for a new group of observers on April 1.
  • APRIL
    • April 1
      • Report of Kleins' crash in Bristol Bulldog #71.
    • April 5
      • Riga City council asks "Deruluft" to reconsider its plans to bypass Riga on the Koenigsburg-Moscow route.
    • April 10
      • Report - the death of N.Jacuks, latvian-born aviation theoretician of the Soviet Air Force
    • April 13
      • The Latvian Cabinet considers the issue of "Deruluft"'s change of routes.
    • April 17
      • Capt Karklins publishes an article about the different types of aircraft spins.
    • April 20
      • Results of the Valmiera military sports meet, with 1st Lt.Dimza of the Naval Aviation Section winning the discus event.
    • April 24
      • Announcement that Aviation Festival for Spilve is scheduled for May 25
      • Once again, the Latvian Cabinet considers the issue of "Deruluft"'s change of routes
    • April 27
      • H.Cukurs new aircraft, the C-3, arrives at Spilve for flight performance testing.
    • April 29
      • H.Cukurs "C-3" successfully completes its first series of official tests at Spilve.
  • MAY
    • May 3
      • Promotional column for the May 25 Aviation Festival at Spilve
    • May 8
      • Announcement that a squadron of American Curtiss flying boats will be visiting Riga in May and June.
      • "Deruluft" receives permission to overfly Latvian territory on its Berlin-Moscow route.
    • May 9
      • The air traffic board submits a proposal to the Minister for air traffic routing across Latvia.
    • May 16
      • The May 9 proposal is approved and published in detail.
    • May 20
      • Promotional column for the May 25 Aviation Festival at Spilve
    • May 21
      • Promotional column for the May 25 Aviation Festival at Spilve
      • Announcement that Bruno Loerzer will be attending the Aviation Festival.
    • May 22
      • Promotional column for the May 25 Aviation Festival at Spilve
    • May 23
      • Promotional column for the May 25 Aviation Festival at Spilve
      • Latvian aviators are invited to participate in International Aviation Festival at Stockholm in September 1930.
    • May 25
      • Promotional column for the May 25 Aviation Festival at Spilve
    • May 27
      • Article outlining the details of the Aviation Festival in chronological order.
      • Article with general impressions of the events at Spilve.
    • May 28
      • Skribo and Juskevics of the Aviation Regiment are given medical leave.
      • Announcement that a French fighter squadron will visit Riga twice this summer on a goodwill tour of northern Europe.
  • JUNE
    • June 4
      • Announcement that Lithuanian aviators will be visitng Riga on June 11.
    • June 5
      • American aircraft are in Tallin, visiting Latvia shortly
    • June 7
      • Item about the 11th Anniversary of the Aviation Regiment.
    • June 12
      • Lithuanian aviators arrive in Riga.
    • June 13
      • Events surrounding the visit of the Lithuania aviators
    • June 14
      • Further events surrounding the visit of the Lithuanian aviators.
      • Confirmation that French squadron will be visiting Riga near end of the month.
    • June 14
      • Lithuanian aviators examine Latvian aircraft
    • June 17
      • Item about the imminent arrival of the American Curtiss-Wright aviators.
      • Lithuanian aviators depart for home.
      • Czech aerobatic aviator Malkovskis, who recently performed in Riga, dies in a crash.
    • June 18
      • American aviators scheduled to arrive this date
      • Lithuanian aviators quoted in Lithuanian press as being well-satisfied with their visit to Latvia.
    • June 19
      • American aviators arrive in Riga.
      • J.Renkulbergs of the Aviation Regiment involved in serious motor vehicle accident.
    • June 20
      • Americans perform aerobatic display
      • J.Renkulbergs regains consciousness in hospital
    • June 21
      • American aviators depart for Kaunas
      • Riga city planning committee is preparing to establish an aerodrome at Meza Park - Kisu ezers.
    • June 22
      • American aviators arrive safely in Kaunas after a flight of only 40 minutes.
    • June 26
      • A Soviet fighter aircraft mistakenly lands on Latvian territory and is seized by Latvian border guards.
      • "Deruluft" announces plans to transport certain perishable latvian food goods to Germany by air.
    • June 27
      • French aviators are expected to arrive at Spilve in a few days.
  • JULY
    • July 1
      • French aviators make a goodwill visit to Riga/Spilve.
    • July 2
      • Soviet aircraft which landed in Latvia in error is permitted to return to its base.
      • French aviators depart Latvia and arrive in Tallin.
    • July 3
      • French aviators are expected to return to Riga briefly on July 4 to refuel and then continue their journey.
    • July 4
      • Aviation Regiment reports that they have completed war exercises in the Daugavpils/Rezekne region.
      • French aviators return to Riga.
    • July 5
      • Report on the French aviators return visit, after which they left for Kaunas.
    • July 11
      • Two Estonian aviation officers arrive in Riga on official business.
      • Bauska Aviation Festival, scheduled for July 15, is cancelled.
      • British businessman receives permission to make a special business flight to Riga.
    • July 12
      • Estonian aviation officers return to Tallin.
    • July 19
      • Latvian aviators report on their visit to aviation facilities in England, France and Germany.
      • It is announced that the "Graf Zeppelin" will overfly Riga on or about August 10.
    • July 23
      • A new Junkers type aircraft overflies Latvia en route from Kaunas to Moscow.
    • July 29
      • The Latvian Aviation Society announces plans to hold an Aviation Festival in Bauska on August 3.
  • AUGUST
    • August 3
      • Book Review - report on aviation articles in Technikas Apskats No.3 (27)
    • August 4
      • Fatal training accident at Daugavpils
      • Aviation Festival at Bauska
    • August 6
      • "Graf Zeppelin" will overfly Riga on August 12
      • Item honoring cadet who died in the August 3 incident at Daugavpils.
    • August 8
      • Report on the funeral of J.Lukins
    • August 10
      • Naval Aviation Regiment personnel participating in Liepaja sports competition.
    • August 12
      • Finnish aviators make a goodwill visit to Riga
      • Details regarding "Graf Zeppelin" flight over RIga
    • August 13
      • Announcement that Latvian aviators will be making a goodwill flight around Europe.
      • Finnish aviators visiting in Riga
      • "Graf Zeppelin" flight cancelled due to poor weather
    • August 14
      • Finnish aviators complete their visit to Latvia and return to Helsinki
    • August 15
      • Disciplinary ruling regarding Dec.3 incident at Daugavpils
    • August 19
      • Personnel selected for the goodwill Flight Around Europe
      • Aviation Festival announced for August 24 in Cesis
    • August 20
      • Itinerary for the goodwill Flight Around Europe
      • Two Japanese pilots will overfly Latvia en route to Moscow
    • August 21
      • "Graf Zeppelin" flight over Riga once again postponed due to poor weather
    • August 23
      • Flight student Adolfs Krastins dies in a training crash at Spilve
    • August 24
      • Report on causes of August 23 crash at Spilve
      • Published death notices for Adolfs Krastins
    • August 26
      • Two reports on preparations for the goodwill Flight Around Europe
      • Anniversary of the Naval Aviation Section
      • The funeral of Adolfs Krastins
      • Photo of He-4 seaplanes in Liepaja.
    • August 27
      • Report on preparations for the goodwill Flight Around Europe
    • August 28
      • Despite some delays in approvals and paperwork, the Flight Around Europe will begin Saturday, as scheduled.
      • Report on the August 22 crash at Spilve
    • August 30
      • Latvian aviators depart on the goodwill Flight Around Europe
      • "Graf Zeppelin" flight over Latvia rescheduled to Sept. 8 or 9
      • Artillery officers visit with the Naval Aviation Unit
    • August 31
      • Lt.Col. Korobovskis graduates from officer training program
      • Map of Flight Around Europe route
      • Latvian aviators arrive in Kaunas
  • SEPTEMBER
    • September 3
      • Latvian aviators arrive in Prague
    • September 4
      • Progress report on the Flight Around Europe
    • September 5
      • Latvian aviators arrive in Vienna, then continue to Budapest.
      • Announcement that French aviators Goulette and Laloulette will visit Riga later in September.
    • September 6
      • Latvian aviators arrive in Belgrade.
    • September 7
      • Latvian aviators arrive in Warsaw
    • September 9
      • Latvian aviators completed their Flight Around Europe, returning to Riga.
      • British flying boats begin their Baltic tour.
    • September 10
      • Comment regarding the lack of official reception for the aviators upon their return to Riga.
    • September 11
      • Adolf Krastins, who died in August, is removed from the register of active military officers.
      • 1st Lt. Sterndoks attempts suicide.
    • September 12
      • German Zeppelin overflies Daugavpils while flying to and from Moscow.
    • September 13
      • Further information about the British flying boats scheduled to visit Riga.
    • September 14
      • The Zeppelin which flew to Moscow was reportedly fired upon by Soviet border guards.
      • "Deruluft" confirms that the Berlin-Leningrad air route will continue until at least mid-October.
    • September 16
      • Officially, the gunshots heard when the Zeppelin flew over the Soviet border are reported to have been "salutes".
      • Progress report on the British flying boat tour.
      • Romanian embassy reports that the latvian aviators were not met at the Bucharest airport because of a miscommunication.
    • September 17
      • Flight training accident at Salaspils - no casualties.
      • Further details regarding the previously reported issues when the Latvians visited Bucharest.
    • September 18
      • British flying boats expected to arrive in Riga today
      • Official order of Commendation for the aviators who completed the Flight around Europe.
      • Polish aviators, in flying boats, will visit Liepaja at the end of September.
    • September 19
      • British aviators arrive in Riga
      • "Deruluft" workshop burns at Spilve.
    • September 20
      • British aviators visiting Riga
      • The Riga airport authority will replace the workshops which burned at Spilve.
      • "Graf Zeppelin" visit now rescheduled to Sept 24 or 25,
    • September 21
      • British aviators have departed from Riga.
      • Further details regarding the "Graf Zeppelin" visit.
    • September 23
      • British express their appreciation for the reception their aviators received in Riga.
    • September 24
      • "Graf Zeppelin" has departed Friedrichshafen en route to Riga.
    • September 25
      • "Graf Zeppelin" overflies Riga
    • September 26
      • "Graf Zeppelin" returns safely to Germany.
    • September 27
      • "Deruluft" aircraft makes forced landing en route to Riga.
    • September 30
      • Polish aviators and their flying boats visit Liepaja.
  • OCTOBER
    • October 7
      • Germany advises Latvia that Balloons from a Balloon meet at Breslava may be blown to Latvia.
      • Aviation Regiment commander expresses thanks for prizes donated for the Regiment's shooting contests.
    • October 12
      • A sport aircraft appears to have been abandoned in a field near Cesis.
    • October 16
      • "Deruluft" ceases passenager and mail flight through the Baltics for the winter.
    • October 25
      • Riga City Council considers replacement of the workshop which burned down at Spilve.
    • October 26
      • It is announced that, upon recovery from his suicide attempt, Sterndoks will return to the Aviation Regiment.
    • October 31
      • Report on the first flight of the AVDI.
  • NOVEMBER
    • November 18
      • Promotions announced for J.Indans and K.Kalacis
    • November 26
      • Aviation Regiment advertises for a full-time tailor
    • November 29
      • Clarification of the circumstances surrounding a recent floatplane incident at Liepaja
  • DECEMBER
    • December 4
      • Sgt.Lodzins crashes heavily at Spilve in Bristol Bulldog #73
    • December 5
      • Investigation of the recent crash at Spilve
    • December 6
      • Announcement that Sgt.Lodzins has died of injuries sustained in the Dec.3 crash.
    • December 7
      • P.Lodzins death notices
      • Poem (by J.Freifelds) dedicated to P.Lodzins
    • December 9
      • Report on the funeral of P.Lodzins.
    • December 10
      • Results of Naval Aviation section's marksmanship competition.
      • Note of appreciation from Lt.Col.Jakubovs to those who donated prizes for the marksmanship competition.
    • December 14
      • Sgt.J.Stankevics of Aviation Regiment is shot by street criminals.
    • December 18
      • Paul Reinhard successfully completes officer training examinations.
    • December 25
      • F.Launics is selected as the safest / best pilot in the Aviation Regiment, with Lt.Blaus coming in second place.

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