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Vol. 1 No. 8.
Piedmont Sets The Pace
November 1, 1951
- OCTOBER TRAFFIC -
During the month of October we carried 17,588 passengers, 919 less than quota. This reflects a
slight decrease over September, and the load factor for the month was 49.43%. The daily aver
age was 567 passengers. V^e had our first taste of weather the last few days of the month.
Let’s concentrate on getting that load factor back up in the 50’s!
- T. H. DAVIS ADDRESSES NATIONAL ASSOCIATION -
OF STATE AVIATION OFFICIALS.
On October 27 President Tom Davis addressed the NASAO in Tucson, Arizona, at their Annual
Banquet Session. He described the development of the United States air transportation systam
and specifically stressed requirements for further development in order to maintain the
finest air transportation system in the world.” In addition to the need for an airplane speci
fically designed for short haul service as a primary requisite in order that the local service
operator might reach its ‘‘primary goal of economic self -sufficiency at the earliest possible
date commensurate with t he rendition of good safe service’’, Mr. Davis strongly advocated
protection of franchise routes of scheduled aiilines as roTDOsed to the legalization of supposed
ly non - s cheduled operation by irregular carriers over routes being served by scheduled lines,
as a means of elim.inating the need for subsidy payments to trunk line carriers. He further
opoosed conflicting State and Federal laws, and said the duplication of licensing and taxation
“should be keot to the absolute minimum.” He deplored political pressure to get air service
for communities when the costs far outweigh the actual need, and he expiessed approval of
the Senate bill to separate subsidy from service pay, urging a realistic and practical view
toward the subsidy element.
INT UNITED FUND CAMPAIGN -
OVER THE TOP T. H. Davis.
Piedmont INT personnel played a large part in the very successful United Fund Drive con
ducted this year for the first time in V^inston-Salem. This United Fund is a consolidation of
the funds of many organizations which heretofore have held separate individual campaigns
throughout the year. Firm. Chairm^an, George WILLARD reports that at the close out luncheon.
Piedmont Aviation, Inc., received prominent recognition for its splendid support, and was
named as one of the largest firm contributors to the Fund. The efforts of George, \¥alt
ROLLICK, the solicitoi s of each department, and the contributions of each individual of
Piedmont Aviation are appreciated and will be put to good use, for the benefit of our communi
ty. I would like to extend my heartiest personal thanks for the cooperation ill of you have
extended during this successful United Fund Drive.
- FLIGHT OPERATIONS -
Grant JEFFRIES leaves November 1 for active duty in the Marine Air Corps. - Forrest SHELTON
is on leave now and will soon be leaving for Tripoli. His address: Major F. M. Shelton, 580th
ARCS Wing, APO 31, New York. Bill FINEIN transferred from ORF to INT as Reserve
Captain.-George LAVRINC and Buddy PAYNE will be First Officers within the next few weeks.
- We are happy to report the entire Flight Operations Dept. (INT) went 100% for the United
Fund Campaign. H. K. SAUNDERS and Din RIEGER, and Frank NICHOLSON returned Oct.
6 from Denver, Colo, where they attended the ATA Chief Pilots Meeting and also a meeting
with Mr. Nyrop, CAB Chairman, on “Safety of Aircraft Operation.” Rieger was very much