Jersey Journal/1930/Jersey City Boy Pilot A Veteran

Jersey City Boy Pilot A Veteran  (1930) 

Jersey City Boy Pilot A Veteran. Hudson City Youth Who Plans Record Flight Commercial Flier. Confident of setting a new record and bringing new aviation laurels to Jersey City. Eddie Schneider, 18, of 111 Carlton Avenue, will attempt a non-stop solo flight to the Pacific coast next month, determined to break the national junior transcontinental airplane speed record set by the late Frank Goldsborough, ill fated flier. Eddie left Dickinson High School two years ago and studied aviation at the Roosevelt Flying Field School. He was distinguished as the youngest flier to receive a limited commercial pilot's license and a transport license, after attending the Atlantic Air College at Westfield. He now has 275 air hours, and 38 hours of night flying to his credit, and, in spite of his youth, is considered one of the best young fliers in the East. He made a non-stop flight to Wichita, Kansas, some time ago. He was engaged as pilot for Edgar Woodhams of Manhasset, New York, private secretary of John Hay Whitney. He flew Woodharms on pleasure and business trips and instructed him in flying. The youth will take off from Westfield Airport, near Rahway, some time next month, bound for Canton Airport [sic], Los Angeles, California. He will fly a Cessna cabin monoplane equipped with a Warner Scarab seven-cylinder, 110-horsepower motor, making 1,550 revolutions per minute and a top speed of 132 miles an hour. Should gasoline appear to be running low, however, a stop for refueling will be made at Wichita, Kansas. He is confident of shattering the record of Goldsborough of 33 hours, 20 minutes for the east-west trip and 25 hours, 55 minutes for the west-east flight. Eddie has lived in Jersey City almost all his life. He is the son of Emil Schneider, former Jersey City delicatessen and butcher store owner and now a member of the National Finance Co., Newark. The Schneider store was formerly located at the Boulevard and Stuyvesant Avenue. The flight, will be financed by a syndicate headed by the young pilot's father. The youth has selected the type of plane he wants and it will be bought for him in the next few days. Charles R. Dann, Jr., president of the Atlantic Air Service, is assisting in making the plans for the record flight. Schneider first became enthusiastic about aviation when he flew from Hanover to Hamburg while on a visit to Germany. On his return, his interest was centered on aviation to the exclusion of all else. So great was this preoccupation, his parents said. that he took no interest in girls, as is usual for a boy his age, or the drinking parties which some youths without a goal seem to need to furnish excitement.

Eddie August Schneider (1911-1940) in the Jersey Journal of Jersey City, New Jersey on July 30, 1930.png

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Notes: Canton Airport is in Akron, Ohio and not in Los Angeles, California. Ohio was his second stop, not his final destination. It might have been his originally planned first stop. His final destination was Los Angeles Municipal Airport.