LATVIAN AVIATION ITEMS FROM "LATVIJAS KAREIVIS" NEWSPAPER - 1937



  • JANUARY
    • January 1
      • Announcement of new Aeroclub Chapter officials.
    • January 6
      • Article about the Chinese press coverage of Herberts Cukurs
    • January 8
      • M.Kalve lecturing on aviation at Aeroclub meeting in Krimulda
    • January 12
      • Announcing changes in the Aeroclub's national leadership.
    • January 14
      • J.Erglis replaces J.Lindberg as the leader of the Aizsargu Aviacija.
    • January 15
      • The Riga Sport Pilot training program graduates four new pilots.
    • January 17
      • Published list of donors to the "Aviation Fund"
    • January 19
      • Fricis Tramdachs dies in a glider accident near Jelgava.
      • J.Jerins lecturing in Riga about the most recent achievements in aviation
      • Aizsargu Aviacija pilots receive training on protecting themselves from chemical attack
      • Report on the new KOD-2 aircraft being produced in Liepaja.
    • January 21
      • Lt.Balodis and Capt-Lt.Udentins graduate from the Advanced Officer Training Program
    • January 14
      • J.Erglis becomes new head of Aizsargu Aviacija
      • Plans for the funeral of Fr.Tramdachs.
    • January 22
      • Capt-Lt.Udentins is transferred from the Aviation Regiment to the Technical section.
      • Published list of donors to the "Aviation Fund"
    • January 23
      • New KOD-2 aircraft are test-flown at Liepaja.
      • Funeral of Fr.Tramdachs.
    • January 26
      • Article about LKOD's aviation section and the KOD-2
    • January 29
      • New LAK chapter created in Pededze
      • LAK Krustpils chapter introduces a flight theory / model construction program
      • A.Graudins resigns as LAK Secretary, replaced by A.Bambers.
  • FEBRUARY
    • February 2
      • Changes in the leadership of the Daugavpils, Liepaja, Tukums and Dobeles chapters of the LAK
      • Kuldiga creates an Aviation Scout group and announces the build of a new "Hitter 28" glider.
    • February 5
      • LAK Sarkandaugavas chapter hosts a lecture.
      • Report on fundraising for a monument stone for F.Tramdachs.
      • Announcement of an LAK kite and glider competition.
    • February 10
      • Position of Civil Aviation Inspector is placed within the military structure
      • Warning of fraud by someone claiming to raise money for the widows of aviators.
      • First LKOD-2 arrives in Riga for testing and inspection
    • February 11
      • Item regarding the Civil Aviation branch being transferred to the military structure
    • February 12
      • Col.Indans, Lt.Col Kandis and Capt.Tenters are re-assigned
    • February 13
      • Presidential Order #55 pertaining to the above reassignments
      • Photo and brief bio of Janis Indans
      • Photo and brief bio of Rudolfs Kandis
    • February 14
      • LAK Baltinava chapter raising money for the building of a new glider
    • February 19
      • LAK Ogre chapter announces plans to build a glider
    • February 26
      • LAK Krustpils chapter hosts an opera / variety night to raise money for their activities.
      • LAK Gostino chapter hosts a lecture and movie gathering
      • LAK in Riga has created a workshop stocked with tools and supplies for the use of Aviation Pioneer groups building model airplanes.
  • MARCH
    • March 4
      • Report on the Kara Aviacijas Fonds ( 2.7 million lats)
      • Aizsargu Aviacijas Kalpaka banquet
      • LAK receives large donation from the Postal Dept.
    • March 5
      • Published list of donors to the "Aviation Fund"
    • March 6
      • LAK founds a new chapter in Meirani
      • LAK Apes chapter's dramatic troupe presents "Dzivie Mironi"
    • March 11
      • Postal Department announces the release of four new stamps depicting Latvian Civil Aviation.
      • LAK begins a new (the third) class of future Sport aviators.
    • March 14
      • Announcement that Estonian aviator Ginters will be visiting Riga soon.
    • March 20
      • LAK pioneer group leaders training program unveiled in Ludza
    • March 21
      • Aizsargu Aviacijas leader will also be honorary Chief of Riga's 14th Public School's aviation scouts.
    • March 24
      • Dzenitis and Mellups are promoted to Lt.Colonel and Captain, respectively.
    • March 28
      • Latvian Credit Union donates six aircraft to LAK/Aizsargu flight schools.
  • APRIL
    • April 1
      • R.Jenkevics leaves the executive of the Aizsargu Aviacija and transfers to the Military College.
    • April 7
      • Announcement that the Aizsargu Aviacija will be building their own headquarters at Spilve.
    • April 10
      • Announcement of the creation of a new Swedish-Soviet airline which plans to operated a route between Stockholm and Moscow, though Riga.
    • April 11
      • The LAK flight school begins the new season of sport pilot training at Spilve.
      • The LAK holds a conference of their Chapter Presidents in Riga.
    • April 13
      • The French aviation attache, Capt. d'Amecourt, returns to France.
    • April 16
      • Report on the Baltinava LAK Chapter and its plans for the summer season.
    • April 20
      • Published list of donors to the "Aviation Fund"
    • April 25
      • Riga LAK members travel to Ropazi, where they have planted and continue to maintain a forest tract.
    • April 28
      • Aizsargu Aviacija receives two new KOD-1 aircraft at Spilve.
    • April 29
      • Report on the Krustpils LAK Chapter and its plans for the summer season.
      • Announcement that, beginning in late May, a regular Riga-Liepaja civilian air service will be established.
    • April 30
      • Report on the Berzmuizas LAK Chapter and its aviation pioneers group.
      • German authorities announce the liquidation of "Deruluft", which used to offer Berlin-Moscow service via Latvia.
  • MAY
    • May 5
      • Progress report on the construction of the Aizsargu Aviacijas headquarters at Spilve.
    • May 6
      • Lt.Janis Budris transfers from the 11th Dobeles infantry to the Aviation Regiment.
      • LAK administrators travel to Lithuanian for the 10th Anniversary of the Lithuanian Aeroclub.
    • May 8
      • The LAK honors 29 individuals who have distinguished themselves in service to the organization.
    • May 14
      • K.Bungss, J.Maisins, F.Launics, K.Veikins, K.Kleins and K.Kalnins are promoted to the rank of administraive Lieutenant.
    • May 20
      • Report on the plans to establish a Riga-Liepaja commercial air service.
    • May 21
      • Published list of donors to the "Aviation Fund"
      • Announcement of an Aviation Festival to be held at Valka.
      • VEF presents the LAK with an aircraft for use when training new pilots.
    • May 22
      • Report on the plans to establish a Riga-Liepaja commercial air service.
      • New hangar completed at Liepaja airfield.
      • Swedish authorities propose a commercial air service between Stokholm and Moscow, via Riga.
    • May 26
      • Plans move forward for a commercial air service between Stokholm and Moscow.
    • May 27
      • A report on the aircraft gifted from the VEF to the LAK.
    • May 28
      • Capt.Cukurs arrives in Shanhai
      • Death notice for Ansis Ulmanis, a mechanic in the Aviation Regiment.
  • JUNE
    • June 1
      • Report about the Military Aviation Fund.
      • Liepaja Bank makes donation to the Latvian Aeroclub.
    • June 2
      • Rigas glider school (LAK) announces a new course / program.
    • June 3
      • Agreement reached on Stockholm-Riga-Moscow air service
      • Civil aviation display at Spilve (June 4)
      • Herberts Cukurs reaches Tokyo.
    • June 4
      • Herberts Cukurs receives an award from Japanese authorities.
      • Aviation Festival announced for June 20 in Krustpils.
      • Civil aviation display at Spilve.
    • June 5
      • Report on the Civil aviation display at Spilve.
      • Announcements of upcoming LAK meetings.
    • June 6
      • Item describing a "LOT' flight from Riga to Tallinn - Part I
      • The new DH Rapides of the air service complete test flights over Spilve.
    • June 8
      • President Ulmanis greets the Aviation Regiment on their anniversary.
      • Item describing a "LOT" flight from Riga to Tallinn - Part II
      • Eleven new glider pilots graduate from the LAK program.
    • June 9
      • Riga Stock Exchange makes substantial donation to the Aviation Regiment.
    • June 10
      • The Latgale Artillery Regiment and the Aviation Regiment celebrated an Agreement of cooperation.
    • June 11
      • Announcement that the Riga-Liepaja air service will begin operations on June 15.
      • Item describing a "LOT" flight from Riga to Tallinn - Part III
      • Aizsargu Aviacija receives donations from various public organizations.
      • The first Swedish aircraft of the Stockholm-Moscow route arrives in Riga on a test flight.
      • Some latvian products are now being exported via airplane.
      • Herberts Cukurs begins his journey from Tokyo back to Latvia.
    • June 13
      • Herberts Cukurs has reached Seol, Korea on his return flight to Latvia.
      • Item describing a "LOT" flight from Riga to Tallinn - Part IV
      • Aviation booth at the Stende Children's Festival
      • Early days sold-out of passenger tickets on the Riga-Liepaja service.
    • June 15
      • Item regarding civil air transport within Latvia.
      • French long distance pilots will overfly Latvia en route to Moscow.
    • June 16
      • Report on the first day of the Riga-Liepaja air service.
    • June 17
      • Report on the establishment of aviation traffic control stations in and near Latvian air space.
    • June 19
      • Aviation Festival scheduled for June 20 in Krusptils is postponed.
    • June 20
      • Rules of Conduct for passengers on the Riga-Liepaja air route.
    • June 23
      • Swedish airlines JU-52 lands at Riga en route to Moscow.
    • June 27
      • Daugavpils flight school is up and operating again for the summer season.
      • Further Rules of Conduct for passengers on the Riga-Liepaja air route.
    • June 29
      • Aizsargu Aviacija will be on maneuvers near Daugavpils and Krustpils.
  • JULY
    • July 2
      • Belgian baloonists appeal for news of of a package which they dropped over Latvia.
    • July 6
      • Herberts Cukurs reaches Baghdad
      • Aviation Festival announced for Rujiena on July 25.
      • Request that passengers on the Riga-Liepaja line arrive in time for scheduled departure.
    • July 8
      • Herberts Cukurs reaches Budapest.
    • July 9
      • Aviation Festival announced for Kuldiga on July 11
      • Published list of donors to the "Aviation Fund"
    • July 10
      • Site selected for a new aerodrome in Jelgava
      • Fatal flight accident at Spilve on July 8
    • July 11
      • Aviation Festival announced for Skrunda on July 18
    • July 13
      • Report on the July 11 Aviation Festival in Kuldiga.
      • Herberts Cukurs arrives in Vienna
    • July 14
      • Appreciation to the Ludza School of Metallurgy for their support for Latvian civil aviation.
    • July 16
      • Aviation Exposition announced for Dobele on July 25.
      • Herberts Cukurs arrives in Berlin.
    • July 17
      • Report on Herbert Cukurs triumphant return to Riga.
    • July 18
      • Aviation Festivals announced for Skrunda and Olaine on July 18.
    • July 20
      • Operational report on the first month of the Riga-Liepaja air service.
      • Aviation Festival announced for Vircava on July 25.
    • July 21
      • LAK aviation pioneers invite young people to a class on airplane modelbuilding.
    • July 23
      • Article by J.Indans on the importance of Civil Aviation.
      • Aviation events announced for Rujiena, Vainode, Jekabpils, Nautrena and Vircava.
      • Air service now established between Stockholm and Moscow via Riga.
      • Aircraft and aviation-related displays will be on exhibit at Labour Day Festival, July 25
      • K.Bandinieks takes a VEF aircraft to an aviation salon in Zurich.
    • July 24
      • Aerotransport aircrew from the Stockholm-Riga-Moscow line involved in motor vehicle accident in Moscow.
    • July 25
      • Massive German transport aircraft to visit Riga in July-August.
      • Report on the success of the Riga-Liepaja air service.
    • July 27
      • Report on Jekabpils Aviation Exposition.
      • Report on the activity of the Rugaji chapter of the LAK.
      • Report on the Ruijienas Aviation Festival.
    • July 30
      • New chapter of the LAK established in Skaistkalne.
      • German transport aircraft visits Riga.
      • Soviet Antonov 35 aircraft visits Riga.
    • July 31
      • Capt.Rucelis graduates from advanced officer training course.
      • Aviation Festival announced for Stalidzene on Aug.1
  • AUGUST
    • August 1
      • Airport terminal to be built at Spilve
    • August 3
      • Air Mail to Europe from the far east (Tokyo, Peking etc) is now being routed through Riga.
    • August 4
      • Latvia earns 10th place in an international aviation competition
      • Aviation Festival announced for August 15 at Bauska.
      • D.Zarins travels to Sweden to tour their airport facilities
      • Aviation enthusiasts from the Lenta company produce a glider and present it to the LAK.
    • August 5
      • Six chapters of the LAK announce they will be holding Aviation Events on August 8.
      • Aizsargu Aviacija marks their 6th Anniversary
      • Soviet passenger aircraft pass through Spilve carrying animal fur merchants to/from their European conference.
    • August 6
      • Plans announced for the Rebuilding and Expansion of Spilve's facilities.
      • New LAK Chapter established in Rugaji.
      • Published list of donors to the "Aviation Fund"
    • August 7
      • A british pilot named "Williams", briefly visited Spilve en route to Kaunas from Tallinn, flying a twin-engined Monospar.
      • It is announced that on August 26 a represent from the Dunlop Rubber Co. will visit Riga, flying Miles Falcon Six G-AEKK.
    • August 8
      • Ernests Lapins donates 500 Ls to the Aviation Fund
      • The LAK's sport pilot program begins the new season with a class of 30 students.
    • August 10
      • Aviation Festival announced for August 22 at Valmiera.
      • Item about the Importance of Civil Aviation training programs in preparing military pilots.
      • Report on the Aviation Festival in Ventspils
      • New aerodrome being planned for Riga.
    • August 12
      • New aerodrome to be built in the Riga vicinity, at Kalnciems
      • Aviation Festival announced for August 15 at Bauska.
      • Aviation Festival announced for August 15 at Ikskile / Ogre.
    • August 13
      • Akmentins represents Latvia at an international Aeronautical conference in Warsaw, Poland
      • On Aug.14 Capt. Cukurs will appear at Dobele and deliver a lecture describing his flight to Japan.
      • Aviation Festival announced for August 29 at Lutrini.
    • August 17
      • Report on the Aviation Festival at Bauska.
    • August 19
      • General Balodis provides the trophy for the first annual Flight Around Latvia contest, scheduled for September.
    • August 20
      • Aviation Festival announced for August 22 at Valmiera.
      • Report on the growth of air passengers on the Riga-Liepaja route.
    • August 21
      • An item describing how young people prepare themselves for service in the Aviation Regiment.
    • August 22
      • Report that the itnernational flights through Riga have been in great demand and often overbooked.
    • August 24
      • Aviation Festival announced for Sept.12 at Valka.
      • Report on the Aviation Festival at Valmiera.
    • August 26
      • National model airplane competition announced for Riga on Sept.26
      • LAK events for the next two weeks announced.
      • Aviation Festival announced for August 29 at Vainode.
    • August 27
      • Report on the Aviation Festival at Lutrini.
      • Aeroflot ANT-35 experienced engine trouble over the Baltic Sea.
      • LAK announces its first aviation Congress, to be held on Sept.3
    • August 28
      • Recent international flights at Spilve are delayed by heavy fog.
      • New Hangar completed at the Liepaja aerodrome.
    • August 29
      • English aviator J.Rogers visits Spilve, flying his Miles Falcon.
    • August 31
      • Report on the Aviation Festival at Lutrini.
  • SEPTEMBER
    • September 1
      • Lithuanian combat pilots visit Latvia.
    • September 2
      • Report on the arrival of the Lithuanian combat pilots at Spilve.
      • Latvia sends representative to Air Traffic Conference in Warsaw.
    • September 3
      • LAK Congress held in Jelgava
      • Poland and Germany indicate their intention to continue commercial air service to Riga throughout the winter months.
    • September 4
      • Report on the LAK Congress held in Jelgava
      • New terminal building announced for Spilve airport.
      • Model aircraft competition announced for Sept.26 at Spilve.
    • September 8
      • Capt. Alfred Kirsteins retires.
    • September 9
      • Aizsargu Aviacija announces plans to create a Squadron to be based at Daugavpils.
    • September 10
      • Published list of donors to the "Aviation Fund"
    • September 11
      • Announcement of new traffic corridors established over Latvian territory.
      • Russian airline "Aeroflot" announces their intention to continue winter service through Riga.
      • Details regarding the Sept.26 airplane model contest at Spilve.
      • Further information about the new air terminal to be built at Spilve.
    • September 12
      • Aviation Festival announced for Marciena
      • Expensive shipment of diamonds passes through Spilve en route to Moscow.
      • Meeting of Aviation Pioneer group leaders announced
    • September 16
      • Flight Around Latvia contest announced for Sept.26-27.
      • British aviator G.Legge will visit Riga on Sept.19, flying a de Havilland Dragonfly.
      • Autumn schedule released for the Riga-Liepaja air service.
    • September 17
      • Swedish and Soviet officials meet to develop winter schedule for their airlines.
    • September 19
      • Riga-Liepaja air service will end for the winter season on October 15.
    • September 21
      • 8 aircraft have been entered in the "Flight Around Latvia" competition
      • "Aeroflot" and "Aerotransport" have decided to discontinue air service for the winter as of Sept.30.
    • September 23
      • Announcement that 150 participants have registered for the airplane model competition on Sept.26.
    • September 24
      • New Aerodrome is being built at Jelgava.
      • Flight Around Latvia competition scheduled to start on Sept.26
      • New glider aircraft completed by the Railway Workers and the LAK 44th glider club.
    • September 26
      • Flight Around Latvia contest starts today
    • September 28
      • Report on the model airplane competition at Spilve.
      • Aizsargu Aviacija will unveil their new headquarters on October 2.
  • OCTOBER
    • October 2
      • Aizsargu Aviacija are to christen their new Headquarters this day.
    • October 3
      • Report on the Aizsargu Aviacijas new Headquarters at Spilve.
      • Service on the Stockholm-Riga-Moscow line was halted for the winter on Oct.1. Winter service, with a reduced schedule, is being contemplated.
      • Soviet ANT-35 M129 aircraft visiting Riga for two days. Demonstration flights will be arranged for members of the media and govt. officials.
    • October 8
      • Published list of donors to the "Aviation Fund"
      • Report on the Spilve building construction
    • October 14
      • Award ceremony for the winners of the "Flight Around Latvia" competition.
    • October 15
      • After success of the Riga-Liepaja air service, plans announced for a new Riga-Daugavpils service for 1938.
    • October 16
      • Plans for a Civil Aviation aerodrome at Daugavpils.
    • October 17
      • Statistical report on the Riga-Liepaja air service in 1937.
      • Aizsargu Aviacija express their gratitude for recent donations.
    • October 19
      • J.Valeika donates a seven-seat automobile to the Aviation Regiment.
      • Announcement - no Stockholm-Riga-Moscow air service until spring.
    • October 23
      • Plans to begin construction at Spilve before winter sets in.
      • Latvian Kreditbanka donates 3 KOD-1 aircraft to the LAK
      • LAK Ludza chapter honors the local metallurgical college.
    • October 26
      • J.Indans delivers a lecture about the future of Aviation to the Aizsargu Technical section.
  • NOVEMBER
    • November 3
      • Report on plans to build a new terminal building at Spilve
      • Announcement of the winning numbers in the LAK lottery.
    • November 5
      • Aviation Regiment graduates of NCO program
    • November 7
      • Announcement: Civil Aviation will hold an Aviation Festival at Spilve in June 1938
    • November 9
      • Details of the Aviation Regimental Ball
      • LAK establishes an Academic Section
    • November 10
      • Progress report on construction at Spilve.
    • November 11
      • Published list of donors to the "Aviation Fund"
      • Item promoting the Aviation Regiment Ball.
    • November 13
      • Report on the LAK 1938 planning meeting, held Nov.12
    • November 14
      • Aviation Regiment encourages those fulfilling their obligatory service requirement, and who have technical degrees, to apply for posting to the Regiment.
    • November 16
      • Announcement of successful graduates from the Meteoroligical studies program.
    • November 17
      • Item promoting the Aviation Regiment Ball on Nov.20
      • Rigas factory workers association donates an I-12 trainer to the Aizsargu Aviacija.
      • LAK's list of Nov.18 awards to those distinguishing themselves in efforts to promote aviation.
    • November 18
      • Promotions announced for Augusts Pallo, Karlis Grube. Decorations announced for N.Bulmanis, H.Cukurs, Tomass, Pakulis, T.Gailitis, Ozolins.
      • R.Kandis announced as the 1937 recipient of the Latvian national Clifford Harmon award.
    • November 21
      • Announcement of a plan to expand the Liepaja and Ventspils aerodromes to allow them to be used by the Aizsargi and LAK.
      • Announcement of new air service between Riga and Daugvapils in 1938, with Riga-Valka also being considered.
    • November 26
      • Progress report on construction at Spilve.
      • Jelgava airfield receiving major renovations.
    • November 30
      • Riga City planning council reveals plans to establish a new airfield at Ciekurkalns / Kisezers.
  • DECEMBER
    • December 2
      • Report on LAK (National) membership and activity.
    • December 10
      • Two aircraft donated to LAK by Latvian Credit Union arrive in Riga.
    • December 11
      • Aviation Promotional day in Dundaga
    • December 14
      • Published list of donors to the "Aviation Fund"
    • December 16
      • Graduating class of Aircraft Mechanics
      • Glider construction courses being offered in Jelgava.
    • December 18
      • Christmas gatherings for Aizsargi and Aviation Pioneer groups announced.
    • December 23
      • Lt.Vaiders of the Aviation Regiment retires from active military service.
    • December 29
      • LAK announces plans to create an aviation museum and requests donations of suitable display items.

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