JUNE. 1959 TOE PIEDMONITOR PAGE THRBE By; John Simmons In the area surrounding our Station of the Month this month, there is a wealth of well known and lesser known material from which one could compose such an article as this. There is modern achievement, monumental and memorial grandeur, historical interest, and many items which would prove of interest to certain groups of our readers depending on their respective interests. Washington National Airport, DCA. served by Piedmont since August 1955, is also the home base of Capital Airlines and the through station for ten of the nation’s leading carriers plus many non-scheduled flights of other air lines and corporation aircraft. It is the place where the President of the United States be gins and terminates most of his flights. As your Pacemaker flight circled before landing, you see the better known landmarks that identify Washington; the Washington Monument and nearby Jefferson Memorial, and in the distance the imposing dome of our nation’s Capitol. Proceeding from the gate to the Main Ter minal you notice the steady chatter of the PA system announcing flight departures and ar rivals almost continuously, and see some of the many aircraft that arrive and depart Washington every two minutes nearly twenty- four hours a day. Although Washington National Airport is so named, it stands on Virginia soil and is bordered to the south by Alexandria, a city of contrasts. And it is some of the interesting points of this city we discover on this visit. Dating back to 1749, Alexandria is rich in Colonial History. George Washington lived at nearby Mount Vernon and attended Christ Church which stands today just off Alexan dria’s main street in a tree-shaded yard while prop-jets and other modern day aircraft circle it at low level as they come into and out of Washington Airport. Robert E. I.ee lived here prior to his en trance to West Point. In the yard of Christ Church he was presented his commission as General of the Confederate Forces. Also within the area encompassed by Na tional Airport’s traffic patterns is Gadby’s Tavern, stopping place of Lafayette and John Paul Jones. From its front steps George M'ashington took his final salute as Comman der of the Revolutionary Forces. Before we leave, we pay a visit to C;arlyle House, home of John Carlyle, a Scottish ship merchant. Here were entertained such famous people as Benjamin Franklin and Benedict Arnold. As you journey back to Washington Air port for the trip home, you see the contrast of the Colonial history you have been belated witness to as you travel the broad highway that leads to the airport and see the defense plants and electronics manufacturing plants where components not conceived in the minds of men who inhabited the historic area a few blocks back, make up atomic weapons and satellites for today’s space age. Back in the bustle of National Airport you check in at our new ticket counter in the North Terminal and find your flight home is departing on time (well, maybe just a couple minutes late). And as your Pacemaker takes off and heads “down the river” before turn ing on course, you see Alexandria and some of the air traffic overhead and certainly agree, the old does contrast with the new in Wash ington. . ATA ANNUAL REPORT SHOWS LOCAL SERVICE CARRIERS GROWTH Local airlines carried ten times more passengers in 1958 than in 1948. The local service system has more than tripled in the past decade. These are the amazing figures released recently in the an nual report of the Air Trans portation Association of Ame rica. And they are not just figures that we can pass over -lightly...they tell the story of the progress of the industry for which we work. And as the industry grows each of us is directly affected by increased opportunities for promotions and security. Local Service Growth The ATA report shows the route patterns of the 13 local carriers serving 500 communi ties, and more impressive, that more than half of these might have no service were it not for the local carriers, ATA descibes local service airline growth as “one of the most dramatic in the history of the U. S. commercial aviation,” and gives these figures for the year 1958: PASSENGERS: 4.265.000 car ried in scheduled service. Gain of eight per cent over 1957. LOAD FACTOR: Average load factor for 1958 for all carriers was 45.73%. Piedmont com pares well with a 51.9^% aver age for the year. MAIL: 1,725,000 ton-miles for year, 14 per cent incrjase over 1957. AIR EXPRESS: 1,801,000 ton- miles, an increase of 10 per cent over 1957. AIR FREIGHT: 2,241,000 ton- miles, up eight per cent over 1957. MAJOR OBJECTIVES “Major objectives of the local service airline industry are fleet modernization to increase ef ficiency, improve service and stimulate traffic and to re duce subsidy.” In aiming towards these goals outlined in the ATA report, Piedmont was one of two car riers to introduce prop-jet air craft in 1958 thus modernizing our fleet to increase efficiency. Of course the improvement of service is the individual re sponsibility of every Piedmont employee. ATA describes local service reduction by stating: “Subsidy freedom is a chief goal. The local service airlines are pur suing a program of constantly improved efficiency and econ omy of operations. They are IMPROVEMENT AT LYNCHBURG Earth was broken last week beginning the long awaited air port improvement program at Lynchburg. Included in the plans for improvement is the erection of a new terminal building and an automobile parking lot on ramp level. The location of the new ramp will eliminate 39 steps that pas sengers have had to use in ar riving and leaving. The ramp area will also be enlarged and private flying op erations will be moved to ano ther section of the field. Earth removed during the grading process will be deposi ted at the end of a runway to facilitate lengthening of the runway at a future date. Flight operations are not ex pected to be hampered during the construction period and should continue in the normal manner. Work Injuries Show Big Increase Flight Advisory Poetica By: R. H. Kitchen In the early morning when all is still And the white, ghostly mist creeps up the hill. The air is clear, few clouds in the sky. But the field is foggy . . . and you breathe a sigh. Passengers are waiting, ships on the line You know we won’t make it at least until nine; But the break comes early, something unforeseen. Old Sol and a breeze makes everything routine. Flight One should land EWN and all other stops, But Flight 30 at CRW is 60 percent ops; Releases are ready, so let’s get ’em flying, We can’t win ’em all . ..But at least we are trying. promoting vigorously for more business.” The federal aid to overall ten years ago, the report states, and this is certainly proof that '>:e are moving toward ultimate 'ubsidy freedom. Since subsidy is of such vital ■r^nortance to the local service airlines, we should all under stand how it is awarded and, Quite sim.ply, how it works. For this reason we plan to de vote a feature article to this in the next issue of the PIED- MONITOR. We hope to make the discussion simple and in teresting and to make “subsidy” more than just a vague word we really don’t understand. The Safety Bulletin issued by the North Carolina Industrial Commission shows that the first four months of 1959 shows a large increase in work injuries reported. The record shows: 1958 1959 January '6,420 6,869 February 5,457 6,535 March 5,79tt 6,870 Api^l 5,859 7,541 This is an increase of 4,285 injuries for the first four months of 1959. During the month of April 1959, six fatal injuries were reported to the N. C. Industri al Commission and two out of the six was acredited to the Airline Industry. Piedmont was not included in the list, but our outstanding record does not mean we can forget safety. WHAT IS SAFETY? I Safety is an abstract thought until you have first hand ex perience. It becomes a con crete thought with the addi tion of pain and suffering. The benefits of safety, as portrayed by word or picture, will never be as convincing as the absence of safety and the resulting injury. Instructions, demonstrations, reminders — they all appear trite when we hear them, and we usually conclude such in formation is useful for those who are careless. We should at all times strive to be free of danger or injury and to eliminate hazzards. If we would but do this, only the unknown, the unexpected con ditions ,would cause accidents. Safety will always remain an abstract factor, unless and un til we determine to make it a means of personal survival. (“What is Safety?” appeared in the N. S. C. Newtsletter.) TURBY TIPS As we find ourselves right in the beginning of the big conven tion season, the response to the leads we have been sending to the stations is most gratifying. We need leads from your city . . . look for them and then don’t fail to send them in. It takes Just half as many muscles to smile as it does to frown - so why tire yourself out by frowning? My mother used to say, “Son, it’s no disgrace to wear rags so long as they are neat and clean.” Be nice to everyone - chances are they will be nice too. One satisfied customer is worth many dollars in free advertising. You figure what the disatisfied customer costs .... Anticipation is one of the most important things in this business. Develope the ability to anticipate and then use it wisely.