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Air Commerce Act

On May 20, President Calvin Coolidge signs the Air Commerce Act, which establishes federal control over civil aviation. The act instructs the Secretary of Commerce to foster air commerce, designate and establish airways, establish, operate, and maintain aids to air navigation (but not airports), arrange for research and development to improve such aids, license pilots, issue airworthiness certificates for aircraft and major aircraft components, and investigate accidents.

Item Date: 
Friday, January 1, 1926
Department of Commerce Aeronautics Branch first N 1
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