THc pmmomnm VOLUME II, NO. 9 APACE WITH THE PACEMAKERS NOVEMBER, 1959 Cities Protest Route Choice Of Examiner T Virginia cities involved in the Great Lakes nf "p 1 Case, seven have stated opposition to certain aspects ot CAB Examiner Barron Fredericks’ recommendation. Fredericks has recommended that Lake Central Airlines be awarded West Virginia east-west routes yacated by American Air lines and Capital Airlines. includes for George Bennett (center) and Bill Dearinq a refreshina ft Elizabeth Whitman, Delta Jet hostess on the Atlanta to New York flight. Delta was first in the South with pure |et service. Its first flight for the DC-8 was September 18 Delta Jet Service Praised If Managers Take Courtesy Flight any Piedmont employee is | Air Transport Association meet- considering a flight , on Delta ing at/Wasnington.'--,- , .. .. Airlines’ pure jet DC-8, George mt, • * , • -o ^ n-ii Their comments? Terrific Bennett and Bill Dearing are the , ^ plane, said Bennett. Wonder ful flight,” added Dearing. “First Flight Service,” they chorused. men to see. Bennett, Piedmont district sales manager at Charlotte, and Dearing, manager of the Joint Airline Military Traffic Office at Fort Bragg, were Delta guests on an Atlanta to New York cour tesy flight October 20. With them were a group of JAMTO representatives en route to an New Plan Calls For Cooperation From Stations Everyday, airlines lose or dam age baggage, operate in a maze of delays, oversell space and give out. incorrect information to the public. Piedmont, though able to cor rect many of these common air lines mistakes, still experiences a fair share of unfortunate inci dents which could be avoided. Aimed at correcting the situa tion, a new program of coopera tion for station personnel is cur rently being instituted. The program, which grew out of the division station supervi sors meeting October 13, is de signed to better coordinate Pied mont’s over-all operation with better passenger service, on-time operations and top efficiency. In charge of the program are General Traffic Manager R. E. Turbiville, 'Superintendent of Stations K. E. Rosfe, Division Station Supervisors Ed Best, Tom Cowen, Pete Jones and Chester Nutt, Space Control Manager P. H. Wilbourne and all station managers. Before departure from Atlanta, Delta’s military manager, Henry Ross, showed them the Delta- designed passenger jetway used by deluxe first class passengers boarding and deplaning the DC-8. Major Change The jetway, the first major change in passenger loading in years, is an enclosed walkway which fits snugly against the plane’s fuselage. Passengers never touch the ground in board ing nor do they have to worry about the weather outside. Aloft on the Delta flight, Ben nett and Dearing received what they called “strictly VIP serv ice.” They had a champagne meal of charcoaled sirloin with all the trimmings. Settling back in the Delta unitized seats, which won an in dustrial design award, they en- and Dearing were in New York. They , say the flight was ■ “the experience” of their flying his tory and are still thanking Delta Military Manager Ross and Char lotte District Sales Manager Ed Porter for the opportunity to fly Delta’s DC-8. LATE BULLETIN The crash of a Piedmont DC-3 near Charlottesville Oc tober 30 was the first air dis aster in the company’s more than 11 years of operation. One passenger, Phillip Brad ley, survived the accident which took 26 lives. President T. H. Davis has expressed deep regret in the deaths and especially in the loss of three faithful employ ees, Captain George l/avrinc. First Officer Bascom Haley and Purser George Hicks. An investigation into the causes of the crash is now being made. The plane, flight 349 from Washington to Roa noke, was last heard from at 8:24 p.m. October 30, when it radioed Charlottesville for landing instructions. At that time, the plane was over Rochelle, usually six minutes away from Charlottesville. An intensive search found the wrecked plane four miles from Crozet, ten miles west of Charlottesville, at 8:15 a.m., K'ovember 1. At an October 22 meeting called by the State Aeronautics Commission of West Virginia, the seven cities—Charleston! Parkersburg, Morgantown, Wheehng, Huntington, Beckley and Bluefield—said they prefer Piedmont Airlines for the routes. JET DATES November 14—First Anniversary of Piedmont’s F-27 Inaugu ration November 15—Jet Age Show on the Walter Kronkite Tele vision program joyed a completely noiseless and vibrationless flight. Individual trays, tray lights, cold air out lets, call buttons and oxygen out lets are installed in the seat backs. Their flight was made at mach. 82, very near the speed of sound. Top speed was 610 m.p.h. while cruising at 27,000 feet al titude. One hour and 35 minutes after departing Atlanta, Bennett Fowler Named Head Of New Department Joe Fowler, Jr., former N. C. state legislator, was named di rector of personnel administra tion by President T. H. Davis. Mr. Fowler took over the du ties of the newly created posi tion October 26. He will be in charge of all matters regarding personnel policy, employee bene fits and employee development activities. Growth Cited Mr. Fowler said he is “ex tremely happy” to be associated with Piedmont. “This is a growth company,” he observed, “and I hope to contribute to that growth in the field of employee relations.” ‘As I understand the reasons behind establishing this particu lar personnel department, there is a need for a centralized sys tem of gathering, evaluating and disseminating information with regard to general company poli cy. To Satisfy Need “The need is one which I hope can be satisfied through this of fice indirectly—but most impor tantly though the various man agement levels such as company supervisors, managers and fore men.” Before coming to Piedmont Mr. Fowler was public and in dustrial relations director for Proctor Electric Company at Mt. Airy, N. C. He is a native of Mt. Airy, where he attended public school. Later he attended the University of North Carolina. He served in the Naval Air Corps during World War II and afterwards at tended the University of Iowa. He graduated from "Cornell College at Mt. Vernon, Iowa, with a BA degree in political science and economics. After re- turning to Mt. Airy, he was (See rEKSONNEL, Page Six) JOE FOWLER, JR. . former legislator . For Best Service They pointed out they were interested only in providing the best possible air service for their cities and said they believed the service could be given best by one intrastate air carrier. The cities, all of which have talked with Piedmont officials, planned to file exceptions to the examiner’s fecommendation. The exceptions were due October 30. The remaining two cities-.-El- kins and Clarksburg—said they will not'file exceptions. The city of Charleston drew up a preliminary set of excep tions which they sent to all cities ■ seeking local air service in West Virginia. In the tentative draft Charles ton took exception to the “un due weight and importance given . . . the need for, and de sirability of strengthening Lake Central Airlines . . . and thus to disregard the public interest, convenience and necessity of the West Virginia cities involved.” Another exception was made to the examiner’s findings that “a Parkersburg - Clarksburg - El kins - Morgantown - Washington route segment . . . ‘duplicates a through service that Piedmont has been providing between Par kersburg and Washington via Charleston, Beckley and Roa noke’ in that such a circuitous operation as Piedmont now uses could by no stretch of reason be considered duplicative or compet itive with a direct alignment.. Vice-iPresident C. Gordon Brown said the sentiments ex pressed by the seven cities pro testing the route recommenda tion are an “indication of Pied mont’s reputation.” Support Encouraged He said the company has en couraged the cities to file excep tions and has reaffirmed Pied mont’s intent to carry the case as far as necessary in seeking a CAB reversal on the examiner’s decision as it relates to West Virginia routes. Newspapers throughout West Virginia have editorially urged support of Piedmont on the grounds that Piedmont already has proved its service in the state and that Piedmont’s acqui sition of the routes will provide an integrated air service for West Virginia.