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New York-Bermuda Service

Volume 344: debated on Wednesday 1 March 1939

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asked the Secretary of State for Air whether all British aircraft on the New York-Bermuda service have to conform to the American standards of safety for prevention of ice in carburettors; and whether the "Cavalier" had always satisfied those conditions?

No, Sir. British aircraft on this service have to conform to British standards of safety for prevention of ice in carburettors. I am sending my hon. Friend the text of both the American and British requirements from which he will see that both countries require some provision for ice prevention. Neither country has, however, laid down the detailed technical methods by which the broad requirement must be satisfied.

Is my hon. and gallant Friend satisfied with the observance of the regulations in all cases?

No, Sir, I am not satisfied with the conditions regarding ice prevention in carburettors at the present time. The Bristol Aeroplane Company, Imperial Airways and the Royal Aircraft Establishment are collaborating in experiments for the better prevention of ice in carburettors.