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Capt. D. H. Rieger helped these school children learn "How We Travel"
when he spoke at Fairmount School in Richmond.
Seven Years Ago in The
L. H. Jackson was profiled as
“Executive of the Month” . . .
Three airplanes — the “Friend
ship,” the “Herald,” and the “Ac
countant” — were discussed as
possible DC-3 replacements . . .
The Maintenance Department re
ported it did 14 engine changes,
12 No. 3 inspections, and two No.
1 inspections during a single
month . . . Reported as recently-
wed were Darlene “Sue” Burl^-
holder and T. L. Martin.
Five Years Ago
The annual sales meeting was
held at the Sheraton-Gibson Ho
tel in Cincinnati with 60 Station
and Sales Managers attending...
The Credit Union met and re
ported 100 new members, mak
ing a total membership of 697...
Bill Barber returned from Mon
treal and a meeting with Rolls-
Royce of Canada where a spare
parts program for the F-27 Dart
engine was arranged.
Barbados To Offer
In May, June
If lush climes and easy living
are calling to you then you’ll be
interested in the latest interline
discount offering via British
West Indian Airways.
The first BWIA annual inter
line “House Party” will be held
in Barbados during May and
June to develop off-season inter
line travel to the Caribbean
During May and June two
rates will be offered in most
Barbados hotels. An $8-per-day
standard rate will be available
at the hotels along the Hastings
or southern coast of the island.
An $ll-per-day deluxe rate will
be offered by the hotels on the
St. James or Caribbean coast.
Both rates are either single or
double occupancy on the Modi
fied American Plan which in
cludes full course breakfasts and
In addition to the reduced
rates there will be' a series of
weekly events for airline per
sonnel featuring golf, beach pic
nics, acquatic events, and danc
Further information on Barba
dos plus rates, hotels, and a
schedule of events may be ob
tained by writing British West
Indian Airways, 530 5th Ave.,
New York 36, N. Y.
en . ..
One Year Ago
Piedmont was granted the
Knoxville-Norfolk route by the
CAB . . . Audrey Long was
named Chief Accountant for
Piedmont Aviation, Inc. . . . Bob
Darden was elected President of
the Credit Union . . . Applica
tion was made to the CAB for
authority to provide helicopter
service between two DCA air
ports, one at Baltimore, and the
downtown areas of both cities.
'61 Safety Figures
Good, Says CAB
The Civil Aeronautics Board
has announced that for the 10th
consecutive year the fatality
rate per 100 million passenger-
miles flown by U. S. certificated
route air carriers was less than
The CAB Bureau of Safety fig
ures revealed that 1961 had
proven to be one of the safest
years ever flown by U. S. cer
tificated route air carriers. The
preliminary fatality rate per 100
million passenger-miles flown
was 0.29 for 1961 which com
pared with 0.75 for 1960.
The U. S. supplemental air car
rier industry during the same
year, 1961, had an estimated fa
tality rate per 100 million pas
senger-miles flown of 6.0 which
compared with 4.21 for 1960.
The Board pointed out that
U. S. certificated route air car
riers in international service op
erated throughout 1961 without
a single fatal accident.
Vm Confident --
A few pat definitions from the
editor of the FAA “Beacon”:
Isn’t it funny . . .
When the other fellow takes a
long time to do something, he’s
slow; but when I take a long
time to do something I’m
When the other fellow doesn’t
do it, he’s too lazy; but when I
don’t do it, I’m too busy.
When the other fellow states
his side of the question strongly
he’s bullheaded; but when I state
my side of the question strongly.
I’m being firm.
When the other fellow gets
ahead, he’s sure had the lucky
breaks; but when I manage to
get ahead, Man! Hard work did
Wide eyes followed every ges
ture and attentive ears every
word as the man in the blue
uniform helped bring the avia
tion and space age a little closer
The scene was Fairmount
School, Richmond, and the man
was Capt. D. H. Rieger, based at
Norfolk. Fourth grade children
were assembled to see an avia
tion movie and hear the Captain
tell how it feels to pilot and
travel on an airplane.
Like Capt. Rieger, many Pied
mont pilots do more to foster in
terest in flying besides their
regular jobs of safe, dependable
flying. They are appearing be
fore school and civic groups,
making talks, showing movies,
and answering questions about
aviation in general.
That these spare-time public
relations efforts are effective can
be seen in a letter from Fair-
mount teacher Russell Cooley
who described Rieger as:
“ . . . most personable as well
as enjoyable. He disseminated a
wealth of information to us in
As a frequent user of Piedmont
Airlines from Roanoke, Va., I
wish to congratulate you and
your company on the courteous
and efficient manner in which
respective customers are handled
by the personnel in the Roanoke
If all airlines were as conside
rate and as efficient as your
group, traveling by air would
be a real pleasant experience.
It is no wonder that Piedmont
Airlines has obtained the excel
lent record which it has for air
safety and for courtesy and
someone in your organization,
presumably the Personnel De
partment, deserves a real feather
in his cap.
... I flew (with you) . . . last
December, accompanied by my
fiance who became terribly sick
from the rough trip. I hope when
I fly home the 22nd of this
month that you do not uncon
sciously mislay two more bags
for me like you did then. When
my fiance became so ill on the
plane I was frantically searching
such a brilliant manner that he
appealed to both the students
and the faculty. His talk and
films were quite educational and
the assembly program, therefore,
was so meaningful that we en
countered difficulty trying to
for a “burp bag” and could fine
While both of us were getting
our clothes ruined I rang for the
steward who came and informed
me that I should not have rung
because of the rough riding. I
apologized and asked if we might
have a bag.
He looked'at me with a cold,
icy stare and said blankly,
“We’re short — you’ll have to
wait till the next stop.” I prom
ised myself because of the dis
courtesy that I would never ride
I want to fly Piedmont one
more time to be sure that you
really aren’t as inefficient as I
believed on that trip and that
we both just had a very, very
* * *
I have just recently completed
a questionnaire that you sent to
me and have returned it under
While answering these ques
tions I thought the time would
be very opportune to express my
appreciation for the considera
tion and efficient service given
to me by Mr. Don Shanks and all
of his associates here in Parkers
bring the session to an end!
“(these) kindnesses . . . are . . .
far more effective and valuable
along the lines of good publicity
and relations than enormous
amounts of monetary endea
burg. If the same thoughtfulness
and efficiency that I receive
from Piedmont were extended
throughout the airline industry,
air travel would become a pleas
I did not hesitate to write
about inefficiency in Columbus
several years ago, particularly
in baggage handling, so I feel
now is the time to say that not
only by personal experience in
Columbus but generally this sit
uation has become very efficient
and it radiates Piedmont’s ex
cellent attitude toward the
Wishing you and your airline
continued growth in ’62 and as
suring you that you have a
strong supporter in the writer.
Parkersburg, W. Va.
HOW TO FIND HAPPINESS ...
(Continued from Page Two)
on. Anytime I don’t know the
answer to something, I start ask
ing my friends what they know
“I’m sorry to say I did not
learn much. Most ,of my friends
said you need health, money, and
the right attitude to be happy
. . . (but) one of the happiest
people I know has a broken leg.
“Many of those who have
money have wrinkled foreheads
i n s t e a d *?)f happiness. I don’t
think anyone could be happy by
developing the right attitude if
he were forced to work in a
Siberian salt mine.
“I began to wonder if happi
ness was a matter of good luck
or learning the right kind of
jokes. So finally I decided to
write an article called “How to
be Happy Forever.”
“ . . . While I was writing the
article I went into five book
stores . . . and I said: ‘I would
like to buy a book which con
tains what some famous men or
women have said on how to be
happy.’ Everyone agreed that
there must be plenty of books on
the subject of happiness but
they could not find any at the
“I don’t earn much money in
Australia but life is never dull
under the Southern Cross. The
picture you see on my letterhead
is the Kookaburra. The Kooka
burra is the national bird of
Australia and it is nick-named
‘the laughing jackass.’ I put it
here as a reminder of how easy
it is for me to make a fool of
(signed) A Yank named Yankus
CAB ANNOUNCES DECISION . . .
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Speaking for Piedmont, President T. H. Davis issued the fol
“We are indeed pleased and gratified. This action by the Civil
Aeronautics Board will permit Piedmont to provide a network of
new services much needed by travelers and shippers in the south
east and it is an important step forward in the growth of our
“The civic leaders, local, county, and state, in all the communi
ties involved, deserve great credit for their tireless efforts —
including preparation of exhibits and briefs for the Civil Aero
nautics Board Examiner and the Board itself, personal appearances
at Civil Aeronautics Board hearings, and in many other ways —
all with the steadfast purpose of obtaining better air transporta
tion for their communities.
“We will begin service along the new routes as soon as the
certificate becomes effective. Further comments will be forthcom
ing as soon as _we have had an opportunity to examine the Civil
Aeronautics Board decision.”
THE PIEDMONT POSTMAN