PAGE TWO THE PIEDMONITOR JUNE, 19§9 Two Piedmont Employee Near The End Of A Dre From the time when we stood as children gaping at an airplane soring overhead, we have per haps admired and envied the men who were pilots. There seems to be a natural respect for the men who pilot the cloud- piercing crafts. And for most of us who now work for an airline, (but who are limited to the ground there are moments when we re turn to the fascination of child- Ihood and wish we could be the “man in control’’ of these amaz ing transporters. But we have learned that there is more than magic to the job. There is more than riding over a path of blood red clouds at sun set, more than the Christmas tree beauty of towns trink- ling in the night. We now know that it takes not only courage, but an ability to accept respon sibility for human lives, a high degree of- skill acquired by long training to be a pilot. Most of us are content just to glance with envy once in a while as we see the pilots wave goodbye, tari down the runway and pull into the mystery of the horizon. But then there are others who are willing to take the long training and hard work to make the dream of flying a reality. Two such men are Rick Almond and Carl Martin who will soon be flying as co-pilots for Piedmont. Rick has been with Pied mont since 1952 and is fami liar to all of us as Station Manager of our Knoxville sta tion. Not long after Rick had started working for Piedmont, he started taking private flying lessons. Rick had become fasci nated with flying while watch ing the planes during World War II, but going further than most of us, had the determina tion to see his dream come true. For eleven years he pati ently took lessons and in 1957 he received his commercial li cense and instrument rating. Carl is another long time employee. He has been work ing as an aircraft mechanic for eight years. Carl says that he had no idea of becoming a pilot when he started with the com pany, but after some pleasure flying, the bug caught him and he started taking lessons. About 2 1-2 years ago he got his commercial license, 1 1-2 years ago he received his instrument rating. Carl has gotten in plen ty of practice in flying by being part owner of a 140—Cessna. As Carl and Rick climbed into the cockpit of an F-27 to DOse for a PIEDMONTOR pic ture, they looked as happy as two kids walking barefooted through a nice squishy mud- pudd]e...or as proud as two men who had made a dream come true. Attend Meeting Messrs. T. H. Davis, President, R. S. Northington, Vice Presi dent, and C. W. Gough, Manager of the Parts and Accessories De partment of Piedmont Aviation, attended the Aviation Distribu tors and Manufacturers Associa- ^ tion meeting in San Francisco, j California, during the week of' June 22nd. Piedmont Aviation has been a member of this or ganization since 1947. The ob jectives and purposes of the As sociation are to promote friendly business relations and mutual confidences among its Members and with others in the Aviation Industry. ADMA meets twice a year which affords all of the distributors and manufacturers the opportunity to meet togther to discuss problems in connection with the production and market ing of all parts and supplies. Mr. Northington served as President of ADMA from November, 1955, until November, 1956, and is now a Member of the General Policy Committee. City Of Jackson Opeis New Terminal Recently the City of Jackson, Tennessee invited Piedmont to bring company representatives and an F-27 to the dedicatioTi ceremonies of their new terminal building. As you know, we are seeking authorization to serve Jack.son in the Southeastern Area Local Service Case and were therefore glad to have this opportunity to nicet the neople and displaj' our prop-jet. The Bureau Council of the CAB has recommended that Piedmont serve Jackson through l-'noxville. The ceremonies included air demonstration, display of differ ent types of planes, and speeche.-?. In addition to the co;r.munity people, several airlines, in'jlud- ing foreign, were represented. The people of Jackso.i weie extremely enthusiastic over the i F-27. It was the first jet-powered 1 aircraft to land at the;r field and hundreds went thro'.igh and expressed approval. Airport offi- j cials and leading citizens were given a courtesy flight. Messrs. Davis, Brown, Saun ders, Nicholson, Brunt, Stack, and Don Britt, and Captain Jimmy Craig attended. Route Case There have been no new de velopments in any of the pend ing route cases. A report on the Piedmont Area Case was given in the May issue of the PIEDMONITOR and as you know, the hearing before Exa miner James Keith was con cluded May 21. The Examiner has now established July 31 as the date for the transmit tal of briefs. The briefs are prepared after the conclusion of the hearings by the at torneys for the different ap plicants and include argument based upon facts presented at the hearing in exhibits and testimonies. After these briefs are submitted in the Piedmont Area Case, some time will be required for the Examiner to study and analyze the entire record in order to develope his initial decision. In the Cincinnati - Detroit Case, the date for the hearing has been postponed from June 15 until June 29, and, as it now appears, will probably last about two weeks. Further in formation concerning this case will be in the next issue. Examiner’s Decision Released Passenger Fare Investigation WASHINGTON, D. C. — The Air Transport Association to day notified the Civil Aeron autics Board it will press no specific exceptions to the Ini tial Decision of Examiner Ralph L. Wiser in the Gen eral Passenger Fare Investi gation. COMPANY PICNIC IS SUCCESS Although finding the Initial Decision “disappointing in sig nificant respects, “ATA said such areas “by and large...fall outside the scope of ATA’s pre sentation in this case.” The Association’s stated role in the proceeding deals with matter of general airline industry ap plication. Specifc proposals aa to the fare adjustments and other measures which are need ed originate with individual carriers. Noting that the Initial De cision “rests on sound basic principles,’’ ATA urged the five man CAB, however, to “review with care those areas of the Initial Decision which may be deemed to fall short, and to which exception is in order.” See EXAMINER’S - Back Page A Letter... A Flight... A Visit.. A Few Thoughts On Piedmont The other day I was going through the “commendation” let ter file and one short note caught my eye. It read: “I want to write a short letter of appreciation foi the fine personal service which I find I always receive when I am riding on your airline. Your comparison is good with other airlines because you always take ' a personal interest in your pas- ' sengers.” This is a rather simple letter representative of the ma jority that we receive and i1 ' seemed to say a lot. I And then the high number of ; articles we’ve had in the PIED- Approximately 1,200 fun-lov- ing Piedmont employees gath ered June 6th at Tanglewood Park for the annual family picnic. One of the biggest events of the day was the golf tourna ment and Flight Attendant Dick Jones won first prize of a dozen golf balls and 2 pairs of golf socks. Mrs. R. S. North ington, the only woman to play golf during the day, won a handsome alligator golf blouse. Ed Culler, stationed at Fixed Base in Winston-Salem, lucki ly walked away with the at tendance prize which was a beautiful clock radio. Ed was the first person attending the picnic whose payroll number was drawn. These three seemed to be the lucky ones for the day, but everyone else had too much fun to really mind their lack of luck. The picnic supper, ca tered by Paul Myers, was mighty good eatin’ with piles of fried chicken, barbecue, ham biscuits and a variety of side dishes. It seems that the mothers as well as the kiddies enoyed the free rides and the day was perfect for swimming. Everyone seemed to agree that Tanglewood was certainly the ideal place for the pic nic and that this year’s took the ribbon for being the best we’ve ever had. MONITOR reporting the growth of our company struck me. In introducing the F-27 into our fleet, the company had made a major step toward modern and improved service . . . the per- See A LETTER Back Page THIS BEAUTIFUL SHOT OF OUR F-27 in flight is one of a group made by Fairchild. The collection of pictures will be made available for station files at a later date. Finance Meeting The Airline Finance and Ac counting Conference of ATA held its semi-annual meeting in May in New York City. Mr. M. F. Fare, Secretary of the Company, attended. The Confernce is made up of the financial officers of the trunk, international (U. S. based), and local carriers. This group is divided into commit tees who work together dur ing the year to arrive at the most efficient methods of hand ling the different financial as pects of the industry. These committees make recommenda tions to the entire group at the semi-annual meetings, and if the Conference approves their ideas, they are presented to the Board of Directors of ATA. Mr. Fare points out that the Conference not only provides a sounding board for industry problems, but results in a bet ter cooperative climate for in ter-company relations.