VOLUME 10 - No. 4
Published by Piedmont Aviation, Inc.
NORFOLK AIRPORT EXPANSION UNDERWAY
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The above picture shoves the Norfolk Municipal Airport Terminal Building as it w\\\ appear v/hen completed. The expansion pro
gram has started and includes enlargement of the terminal building, expansion of the parking lot, addition of two plane parking po~
sitions and construction of a new access road.
Total cost of the project will be $ 1,252, 936. and completion is expected about Jul y 1, 1 959.
SAFETY IS THE AIRLINES’ MAJOR CONCERN
Today, it is more than four times as safe to
travel by domestic scheduled airline than
by automobile. During 1 956, the I atest
figure available forthe automobile industry,
the re were 26, 100 auto and taxi passenger
fata! ities, representing a rate of 2.7 fatal
ities per 100 million passenger miles.
During the some period, the airl ines account^
ed for 143 passenger fatalities, for a rate
of .64 fatalities per 100 million passenger
In 1957, the combined U. S. scheduled
domestic and international airl ines achieved
a safety record practically unparalleled in
oirl ine history.
ity per lOOmilllon passenger miles In 1956.
This record was achieved during a year
when scheduled air carriers flew an all-
time high of more than 31 billion revenue
How have the airl ines been able to improve
their safety record over the years? The
answer: Unflagging vigilance at every
level of aircraft development and aircraft
operation, plus a high order of discipline
and a keen sense of responsibility on i-he
part of airline employees.
Improvement of flying safety begins on the
drawing boards of aircraft engineers and
designers, and continues througk'stages of
development, testing and manufacture, to
The rate was two-tenths of a passenger fatal- the finished product. For example, one of
the big jet aircraft scheduled to enter air
line fleets late this year took blueprint
form in 1952. It underwent its firsttest
flight In 1954. Today, months before com
mercial operation, it has already had more
than 1,100 hours In the air. By the time
It Is turned over to the airlines for regular
scheduled service, it will have had many
more hours of proving itself.
During these earl y development stages, the
airl ines work closel y with the manufacturers,
recommending aircraft modifications based
on years of operation experience.
The continuing emphasis on safety continues
well beyond pre-ccrtlflcation testing, pro
duction and operation of the airplane.