Preliminary cabin trim work in the Noland F-27 ... A
group of men from the sheet metal shop and the electrical dept,
doing interior trim work basic to installing the final furniture.
The above figures show the
growth and success of our exec
utive overhaul and conversion
service which has become one
of the major aspects of Pied-j
mont’s business. This success has
been possible because everyone!
involved has worked to gain a
concrete reputation of expert
service and workmanship. ;
Currently, we are involved in
our first F-27 executive conver-^
sion. The job is being done for
Communications Department .
. . Work includes pre-testing of
electronic equipment prior to in
stallation (as pictured) on board
airline and exiciitive aircraft, j
tno iVoland Company, a company |
v/e have served for about four
years in maintenance work. The
particular job for Noland in
volves installation of AM and
FM radio and customization and
installation of an executive in-|
A complete executive conver
sion, including radio and radar
installation, can represent an in- ^
vestment of over $125,000 and
appraisal including customer
specifications was brought to the
various departments in the Win-
ston-Salem Maintenance Base.
There followed a detailed analy
sis of the work to be dons by the
individual shops (radio, fabric,
sheet metal and electrical), and
each contributed a cost and time
estimate. It was then decided
when the work could be fitted
into our schedule and these
dates, plus the collective quota
tion, were released to Noland.
After the contract was granted,
the work was allocated to the
different shops with specific
work instructions, including
schematic drawings from the en-
^'neering department. Then the
men in the shops who are ex
perts in their specific fields do
the actual installation and modi
fication in compliance with safe
ty regulations and customer
The entire process is intricate
and complicated and requires
close cooperaticn and collective
effort on every level. There can
be no set pattern—each new job
presents a challenge because
each is unioue with varying cus
tomer needs and desires. The
competence with which our staff
meets each new challenge is
strongly evidenced by the satis
faction of customers who con
tinue to call for our service and
the growing volume of business.
(Next issue of PIEDMONITOR
will feature pictures of the No
land interior after customization
has been completed).
Upholstery Shop . . . men in
process of covering executive
seats for Noland. The Fabric and
paint shops are responsible for
all final interior trim work on
furniture and throughout the
3000 man-hours. To better un
derstand the scope of such an
assignment, let us look briefly
at the procedure followed, using
Noland as our example. After
the initial contact was made
with the prospective client, an
From Front Page
their clients adequate and help
ful information. The agenda for
the day was planned to answer
The group wes composed pri
marily of stock brokers located
within the area we serve, al
though some were invited from
Atlanta and Boston; reoresenta-
tives from both local and na
tional stock dealers bein'? in
cluded. The-program for the day
included: a general tour of our
facilities; briefings about fixed-
base,local airline service in gen
eral and its place in the airline
industry; a history of Piedmont
Avaition, Inc.; information about
our new route development pro
gram; report on the financial as
pects of the company; and a pre
sentation of the F-27 program,
including a ride on the plane.
Pride and Security
ORF ... A. M. Whittaker
The slow whine of a siren
begins. From the Public Address
system comes the word, “Rescue
Squad Code 4, Rescue Squad
Cede 4.” From the terminal
I building, from the ramp and as
sociated areas, come men by the
dozen. The air is filled with
the roar of truck engines as
three red vehicles come to life.
Trained and skilled personnel
beard the equipment and sec
onds later move out to answer
an aircraft emergency ... the
Norfolk Municipal Airport Rescue
Squad goes into action.
The Airport Rescue Squad was
formed months ago to answer
a definite problem that faces
a great many airports: the lack
of adequate aircraft fire fighting
equipment and manpower. This
is a well organized, well planned
and trained organization made up
of airline agents, mechanics,
radio and line personnel, and
seven U. S. Army volunteers.
Twelve board members. Chief
and assistant, six Captains and
ten Lieutenants comprise the ad
The Airline Station Mana-’ers
saw the need for a vast im
provement and they took the
Drob’em to the Airport Manager
and the Norfolk Port Authority
that controls the airport. After
a period of evaluation and many
discussions, it was agreed to
purhase new equipment. But
equipment alone was not the en
tire answer. Personnel, adequate
ly trained, was needed to man
the vehicles, interest needed im
proving, and a well-planned
rescue operation needed to be
drawn and put in effect.
The difficult preparatory work
was completed and on ecDember
19, 1958, the Norfolk Airport
Rescue Squad had its formal
The SDcnsors, the Norfolk Port
Authority, were the hosts for a
dinner and dance for rll mem
bers. Commissions and badges
were awarded and a fine social
evening was enjoyed by all.
The equipment consists of a
1958 Willeys FC170 truck, a
Willeys Jeep (both equipped
with a total of 1.600 pounds of
Ansul Dry Chemical) and an
Pride is certainly exhibited bv
all members in their organiza
tion and a more sincere feelin^-
of protection now exists. W^
hone we never have the occasion
to use this eauipment again, but
if we do. we here at Norfolk are
prepared to handle any emer
gency that may arise.
lews iits'' From ^ere and flere
jothel Wagoner, INT
'Pr=nk R. Cook, INT
Trvin A. Eisler, ILM 10 yr.
Archie F. Ferguson, INT 10 yr.
Weldon D. Guin, PHF 10 yr.
James F. Holder, DCA 10 yr.
William C. Kyle, INT 10 yr.
B. B. Slaughter, Jr., INT 10 yr.
Robt. L. Thomason, INT 10 yr.
W. H. Tackenberg, ORF 10 yr.
Alvin T. Kyle, INT 10 yr.
Geo. W. Strattner, ORF 10 yr.
Victor W. Conary, INT 10 yr,
Fred O. Leonard, Jr., INT 10 yr.
Thomas G. Bachan, ILM 10 yr.
B. M. Hoots, Sr., INT 5 yr.
Enos Young, INT 5 yr,
R. J, Armstrong, ILM 5 yr.
Owen R. Dietz, ILM 5 yr,
Thos, J, Kennedy, ORF 5 yr.
We are pleased to announce
that Mr, T, H, Davis, President
of Piedmont Aviation Inc,, was
recently re-elected to the Board
of Directors of Aeronautical
Radio Inc. and its subsidiary.
Aeronautical Research Corpora
tion. These two organizations
represent member airlinss in
dealings with the Federal Com
munications Commissions and
before the legislative branch of
the U. S. government. They also
act as representatives in all in
ternational radio conferences
Mr. Davis has served on the
Board of Directors for the past
five years, being one of thirteen
RADIO CLASSES COMPLETED
ALL INT radio maintenance
personnel and a number of out
lying station personnel recently
completed classes covering the
operational and maintenance as
pects of the Lear L5-B-LIFE
system. This Lear system is the
auto-pilot and integrated flight
system being used in the F-27.
Clete Drone (a Lear repres
entative from Grand Rapids)
conducted the classes with a
total of 19 men participating.
AZALEA FESTIVAL . . .
More than a million azaleas . . .
famous guests . . . movie stars
, , , entertainment features , , .
in short, the twelfth annual Aza
lea Festival at Wilmington on
April 2-5. One of the bi:rgest
events in the Piedmont line -
featured in next month’s issue.
SOFTBALL . . .
“Spring has sprung, the gi'ass
is riz ‘n softball can’t be
far behind. The Piedmont team
is getting all “reved up” to
represent us in the Independent
League this year. Last year
our team won twenty and lost
eight, placing third in the league.
Practice starts around the last
of March and the season begins
around April 21st. So we’ve
got just enough time to loosen
up our “holler” cords and be
ready to support our team into
a winning streak that won’t stop
short of first place in the league!
VISITOR . . .
This month Mr. P. C. H. Tay
lor, advertising manager for
Trans-Australia Airlines, Mel-
borne, Australia, visited our
Winston-Salem facilities. The
purpose of the visit was to study
our advertising, publicity and
promotional program regarding
I MONTHLY MEETINGS . . .
In February is was decided
jthat monthly meetings will be
held by our Division Managers
Uvith Mr. Ken Ross and Mr. R. E.
.Turbiville. The purpose of th;^^
meetings is to allow discussion^^
and solving of current problems
in the different stations in eEch
division. The meetings will also
give Mr. Ross and Mr. Turbiville
an opportunity to keep the sta
tions more adequately informed
of important happenings and
prospective changes or events.
In Feb., regional meetings were
held by all Station Managers
and a number of chief and lead
agents. These meetings were
held to discuss general station
problems, one of the more im
portant ones being the existing
reservation procedure. As a re
sult, a change was approved and
became effective on March 12
and is known as the “Seat Allot
Specifically, this plan permits
any of our reservation offices to
sell an alloted number of seats
on any of our -flights without
reporting the sale to the central
Snace Control Office. There are
two major advantages in this
new procedure. First, it is ex
pected that it will eliminate the
former “dual-handling” function,
thereby decreasing the commu
nications work-load within the
station. Additionally, the chart
ing changes within the space-
control office will be consider
Piedmont employees have again
achieved a safety record worthy
of an award by completing their
fourth accident-free six month
work period. In order to earn
the award, there could be no
manhours lost due to disabling
injuries received by personnel on
Mr. Bill Davis, Assistant Super
intendent of Base Maintenance,
-eceived the reward on behalf of
"-11 Airline and Fixed Base per
sonnel. Presenting the certificate
was Mr. E. E. Wernsing, District
Safety Engineer for Maryland
Casualty Company. Mr. Wern
sing declared, “I am very proud
to present this certificate for an
The record is indeed outstand
ing; 1,057,00 manhours involving
over 1,000 employees - and not
a single disabling injury. Every
one can well be proud of this
reward presented “in recognition
of the safety record established
by them through interest and
cooperation in the prevention of