North Carolina Newspapers

VOL. 11 — NO. 6
Published By And For The Employees Of Piedmont Aviation, Inc.
JUNE, 1959
Piedmont Captures Two Firsts
May traffic figures show that
we carried the highest number of
passengers in the history of the
Some 47,165 passengers “flew
Piedmont” during the month-
an increase of 16,652 over May
of 1958. For you mathematici-
ations, that is an increase of 39%
The load factor for Maj^ of
this year was 46.8% compared to
last May’s 48.8%. There are sev
eral factors that have kept the
load factor from climbing with
the number of passengers loaded,
primarily, of course, the higher
number of available seats on the
The records for the first five
months of this year show an
increase of 37,955 over the num
ber of passengers loaded dur
ing the first five months of
last year. This record becomes
quite outstanding when com
pared to the increase of en
planed passengers during 1958.
The increase for the first five
months of this year is approxi
mately two and one-half times
greater than the total yearly
increase during 1958 over 1957.
and Accessories Sales Depart
ment of Fixed Base Division had
the largest sales of a single
month in the history of the com
pany this past May.
Sales for May of this year
show an increase of 38.44% com
pared to May of 1958. The first
five months of this year show
a 30% increase over the first five
months of last year.
These percentages do not in
clude the sales of aircraft, but
only sales of aircraft and engine
parts and accessories. This fast-
growing division of Piedmont
now has four branches - Wins
ton-Salem, Roanoke, Norfolk and
Mr. Northington, Vice Presi
dent Fixed Base Division, ac
credits this unusual record of
progress to the hard work of the
flying part salesman and the
stockroom personnel. He states,
“We appreciate the cooperation
and help of everyone in the com
pany in making this record
month possible.”
Aircraft supplied by Piedmont
won two top awards at the An
nual Reading Maintenance and
Operations meeting June 5th and
6 th.
in tlie April issue of the PIED-.
MONITOR there was a feature,
■ article on the executive interior
. Piedmont was installing in the
Noland Company’s new F-27.i
Noland enterd this plane in the
competition and its beautiful in
terior won first place in the Ex
ecutor Interior Design and In
stallation competition.
A Beechcraft Super 18 sold by
Piedmont’s General Aviation Di
vision to the Coble -Construction
Company of Greensboro, capped
ifirst placed in three major cate
gories for aircraft weighing less
than 12,500 pounds. These awards
were for best interior, best ex
terior and best equipped.
This is the second time air-
I craft supplied by Piedmont have
I won top awards. An overhaul
I and Executive Conversion for
j the Aluminum Company of
America performed by Piedmont
Airlines won the “Flagship of
the Executive Fleet” award at
the 1957 Reading Show.
This year approximately fifty-
sixty planes were judged and
represented the most skillful air
craft workmanship in the coun-
Can You Solve This Mystery?
Anyone like to solve mysteries?
There is one in Alexandria,
Virginia nearby our Station of
the month.
Among the passengers arriving
in the port of Alexandria in
September 1816 was a young
woman, critically ill with a fever
Her husband had her taken from
the ship and placed in a room
at Gadsby’s tavern. Doctors were
called and worked dilligently to
cure the woman of the disease
I but to no avail. She died on Oct-
lober 16, 1816.
Those in attendance to the
sick room were sworn to secrecy.
The body was interred in St.
Paul’s Cemetery in this city and
soon after her husband departed,
never to return.
Many theories have been ad
vanced as to who she may have
been but the answer is still seal
ed in the tomb.
(See Station of the Month p. 3)
- -  ..
Donald Britt Named Assistant To President
6, an unknown man boarded an
F-37 at an unknown station,
bound for an unknown destina
tion . . . this man was Piedmont’s
100,000th F-27 passenger. This re
cord breaking passenger was ex
pected in June, but sneaked up
I several weeks early to catch
everyone by surprise. But no
matter who the Mystery Man is,
the important thing is that in
six months 100,000 passengers
I have used our F-27 service and
the continuing increase in cus-
j tomers proves the public’s ac-
] ceptance of our new and modern
On July 1, Don Britt will join
Piedmont as Assistant to the
Mr. Britt’s main responsibili
ties in his new post will be in
the area of community and
public relations. As the company
has grown, the need for a cap
able person to assume and co
ordinate these responsibilities
has become more and more
evident. The community and
public relations duties have been
heretofore distributed among sev
eral different people within the
company. In addition to co
ordinating these duties, Mr. Britt
will be able to increase our op
portunity for contact with the
cities we now serve and hope to
serve in the future, and to keep
these communities informed as
to the service Piedmont can give
them. He will also assist in State
and Federal Legislative matters
of interest to the airline indus
A graduate of the University
of North Carolina, Mr. Britt’s
work experience and community
leadership are outstanding re
cords of his ability. For the past
six years has been Assistant to
the President of Salem College.
Prior to this he was a radio an
nouncer and continuity writer
and was, at another time, pub
licity director for Pineland Col-
lege-Edwards Military Institute
at Salemburg.
A community leader, Mr. Britt
is a former member of the Board
of Directors of the Winston-
Salem Symphony Association, a
member of the Council of the
Eye Bank of North Carolina,
College Cooperation Chairman of
the North Carolina Congress of
Parents and Teachers, 1st Vice
President of the city-wide PTA,
Secretary of the Winston-Salem
Rotary Club and is an active
member of the First Baptist
Church of Winston-Salem.
Mr. Britt, in anticipation of
joining Piedmont, states:
“I look toward my new work
at Piedmont with much eager
ness, and interest. It almost goes
without saying that the flight
from the field of Education to
the field of Aviation is a long
one, but I’ll try to make it on
schedule, landing as softly as
possible. This greenhorn asks for
your patience until he gets zero
ed in.
“I hope it will soon be my
opportunity to meet and know
See BRITT—Back Page

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