"“™. PIEDMONITOR VOLUME 10 - No. 3 Published by Piedmont Aviation, Inc. NORTH CAROLINA'S Governor Luther H. Hodges (center). Piedmont Airlines Vice President C. Gordon Brovin (left) and Voit Gilmore, President of the North Carolina Travel Council, discuss the new Fairchild F-27. Governor Hodges, along with approx imately 60 out-of-town members of the council, were in Winston-Salem recently for the opening session of the meeting. The program included a tour of the Piedmont Air lines General Office and Maintenance facility. ROLLS ROYCE DART ENGINE DELIVERED (See page 4 for picture.) The first Rolls-Royce Dart 511 turbo-prop engine was received recently and is one of a number of spares ordered for the F-27. The 1600 horsepower prop-jet powerplant was brought to Wilmington, N. C. by the S. S. Thomas Nelson from England. The engine, valued at $53,000. is manu factured by Rol I s-Royce inDerby, England. Six more engines arescheduled for delivery prior to the inauguration of F-27 operation. BAGGAGE WEIGHT SURVEY PLANNED For some time,the Air Transport Associat ion has been studying methods for speeding up baggage nandling and checking pro cedures at airports. Indications are that considerable t I m e would be saved If an average baggage weight could be used . Al 1 baggage would be weighed only to determine if an excess collection need be made and no weights would be recorded on the baggage tag. A count of the baggage at the destination MARCH 19 58 would be required and a chart simllarto that used for passenger weights would be used to determine the weight for loads forms. Approval forsuch aprogram must of course, be obtained from the CAB and the CAA and the survey will develop the necessary data to prove that an average baggage weight is both reasonable and practicol. Air carriers participating In the survey In addition to Piedmont are American, Capi tal, Eastern, Northeast, TWA, UAL and Western Airl ines, U. S. AIRLINES ON 48 HOUR CALL As part of national defense planning, the U. S. airlines in cooperation with the Department of Defense and other govern ment agencies have estabiIshed the Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF) and the War .Air Service Pattern (WASP). The machinery has been set up whereby the airlines can swing immediately into domestic and glo bal military operations in the event of national emergency and be in full operat ion In 48 hours. The CRAF composed of more than 300 long- range four engine airliners, Including 274 from the scheduled airlines' fleets, would operate on a global basis, carrying men andsupplies In supportof the military effort. This fleet has an airlift capacity of 2.8 bll lion ton-miles annual Iy under emergency conditions. All remaining four and twln- englne aircraft In the civil fleets would make up the WASP to serve on the home front and provide priority airlift in support of de fense production. Upon alert from the Defense Department, the CRAF planes, along with their crews, would proceed to predetermined bases and be operated by the alrl Ines on mil itary contract and under the supervision of the Military Air Transport Service (MATS).