VOL. VI, NO. 1
APACE WITH THE PACEMAKER
Brown Appointed BAL Manager;
Clark Goes From TRI to INT
Two new personnel appoint
ments were announced recently
by company officials, one change
at Baltimore, the other at Win
In Baltimore, form
er CVG Chief Agent
Sheri Brown has
taken up the post of
Station Manager, va
cated by the transfer
I of Don Shanks to
I Brown has been an
employee since 1952,
joined Lake Central
Airlines and served a year with
that company at Louisville, Ky.,
and Columbus, Ohio. He came to
Piedmont in May, 1953, at the
Louisville station. In 1957 he was
promoted to Lead Agent, and in
1960 was transferred to Cincin
nati and promoted to Chief
A native of Hodgenville, Ky.,
Brown attended public schools
there, and after graduation
served four years with the U. S
Air Force. He was in Berlin for
three years as a Senior Air Op
erations Specialist, and was dis
charged with the rank of Staff
Brown is married to the form
er Jeanne Elliott of Elizabeth-
town, Ky. They have two
dren, Jeffrey 8, and Linda,
In still another recent move,
W. C. Clark has been appointed
Superintendent o f Ground Op
erations, and will be based in
He replaces W. J. Taylor who
transferred to the Flight Con
trol Department as a Dispatcher.
According to Vice President H.
K. Saunders, his duties will en
compass supervision of opera
tions activities at all stations, in
cluding ground support equip
ment, weight and balance pro
cedures, and fueling procedures.
Clark has been with
Piedmont since 1948
when he joined the
company as an Agent
in Asheville, his
hometown. He was
later promoted to
Station Manager at
that city, and in 1950
transferred to Charleston,
W. Va., as Manager. He has also
served as Manager at Tri-Cities
and Washington, D. C.
Recently Clark was promoted
to Division Station Supervisor
and transferred to Piedmont’s
Piedmont and Allegheny Offer
Lowest Joint Fare In History
Piedmont and Allegheny air
lines have received CAB ap
proval for a joint fare believed
to be the lowest air fare ever of
fered in the world by scheduled
In effect since January 6, the
fare is aimed at the foreign visi
tor as part of the “Visit U. S. A.”
program. For $99, the foreign
passenger may buy a ticket per
mitting unlimited travel for 30
days over the airlines’ routes
from the South to New England.
At 1.6 cents a mile, unofficial
air industry records show it’s
the cheapest fare ever proposed.
The two carriers fly a total of
6,045 unduplicated route miles.
British European Airways offers
a fare at 2.3 cents a mile.
Foreign children and young
people, between the ages of 2-21,
can obtain a ticket for $49, when
accompanied by their parents.
The fare is the first joint tariff
ever offered by any local service
carriers, according to Vice Presi
dent C. Gordon Brown, Jr., and
L. Thomas Ferguson, Alle
gheny’s Vice President of Sales
The airlines said “the fares
would give foreign visitors to
the U. S. a good, representative
cross-sectional look at American
cultural, political, social, and
Both airlines said the plan is
aimed at enhancing the govern
ment-sponsored United States
Travel Service program to boost
foreign travel to America.
Under the plan, the foreign
tourist can purchase his single
ticket within 15 days after ar
riving in the U. S., or prior to
departing from his country.
The foreign passengers are
permitted the international bag
gage allowance of 66 pounds. The
normal domestic baggage weight
limit is 40 pounds.
Excluded from the plan are
foreign nationals working in the
United States, such as embassy
and United Nations personnel,
and foreigners who reside with
in 225 miles of the U. S. borders.
Social Security Rates Jump For '63
If you’ve been v/ondcring w'hy
your first paycheck of 1963 was
less than it’s been previously,
you can look to the federal gov
ernment for the answer.
As of January 1 social security
taxes went up one-half of one
per cent. Spelled out in dollars,
this means that for those earn
ing $4800 or more a year, $174 a
year will be deducted. Before the
increase the deduction would
have totaled $150 a year .
For those earning less than
$4800 a year, deductions will also
be increased, but on a descend
The increase in rate from 3-1/8
per cent to 3-5/8 per cent applies
to Piedmont as well as its em
ployees. Last year the company
paid $212,454 in social security
taxes. For the coming year, due
to the increase, Accounting De-
partment estimates are that
Piedmont will pay over $290,668,
a dollar-for-dollar match of the
amount paid by its personnel.
Deepest sympathy is ex
tended the family and
friends of William Mock
(Bill) Reynolds, 59, who
died December 28 of a
heart attack suffered while
visiting in St. Petersburg,
Mr. Reynolds was one
of the first licensed avia
tion mechanics in North
Carolina. He joined Pied
mont in August, 1957, and
at the time of his death
was a Senior Mechanic at
He is survived by his
wife, Sarah; two daugh
ters, his mother, two bro
thers, and three grand
In the future the social se
curity tax will go even higher.
Another rise will come on Jan
uary 1, 1966, and again on Jan
uary 1, 1968, by which time the
total tax for those earning $4800
or more will be $222 annually.
If legislation linking medical
care for the aged to social se
curity should be enacted by the
next Congress, there will be a
further increase in the tax rates.
Everyone who pays social se
curity taxes should check his so
cial security account regularly,
especially in view of the present
and future increases.
People who don’t sometimes
find, too late, that some of their
work hasn’t been reported cor
rectly, or hasn’t been reported
at all. In many cases the record
can’t be corrected because the
time limit for corrections has
To prevent this, a worker
should check his account once
every three years. Any errors
found can be corrected, and
benefits paid at retirement, dis
ability, or death will be the high
est possible amount.
A card form is available at
any social security office for
checking your account. Upon
sending the card to the social
security central office you will
get, in return, a statement of
your last three years’ credits.
A Code For The New Year
Every now and then it's a good idea to “take stock" and do
a little thinking and reflecting on basic fundamentals and guide-
posts which have withstood bombardment down through the years
and still ring true. The first of a New Year is a good time to do
There are two such “truths" which have long been a major
source of guidance and inspiration to me, and at the start of
this New Year I want to share them with you.
The first is entitled, “Sound Economic Policy," by Abraham
You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
You cannot help small men by tearing down big men.
You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage
You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than
You cannot further the brotherhood of men by inciting class
You cannot establish sound security on borrowed money.
You cannot build character and courage by taking away
man's initiative and independence.
You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what
they could and should do for themselves.
The second covers all situations, at ail times, and will al
ways be the greatest of all teachings—The Golden Rule:
“DO UNTO OTHERS AS YOU WOULD HAVE THEM DO
If we will keep these thoughts in mind, day-by-day, 1 hope
and believe it will be a good New Year — a better New Year
for you and yours.
T. H. DAVIS, President
Piedmont Airlines has bought
two additional Martin 404 air
craft and will retire its last two
remaining DC-3’s soon, accord
ing to H. K. S a u n d e r s. Vice
The 404 Pacemakers were
formerly owned by Eastern Air
Lines. Delivery of the two ships
to the Winston-Salem mainten
ance base was made January 1.
They will undergo overhaul and
modification and will be placed
into service in about 60 days.
Piedmont’s last two remaining
DC-3's are being traded in as a
part of the transaction. How
ever, Saunders said that they
will be left in service until the
404’s are ready. There is one
DC-3 round trip left on Pied
mont’s schedule. The two newest
404’s will bring to 20 the num
ber in Piedmont’s Martin fleet.
AYL In New District
General Sales Manager W. G.
McGee has announced that Ashe
ville has been made a part of
Piedmont’s Charlotte sales terri
tory, and will be served in the
future by District Sales Mana
ger William A. Crowe.
Crowe, a former District Sales
Manager for the Raleigh-Durham
area, is based in Charlotte and
has been serving that territory
since last June.
Crowe is married to the form
er Florence Maria Purdin of
End Comes To Challenging Year,
Higbligbfs, Changes Reviewed
As midnight struck on Decem
ber 31, 1962, one of the most
challenging and fast-paced years
in the history of Piedmont drew
to a close.
Characterized by extra effort
and cooperation from all em-
p 1 o y e e s, 1962 saw Piedmont
undertake one of the largest ex
pansion programs ever at
tempted by a local service air
A preview of what lay ahead
for the year came on March 20
when the Civil Aeronautics
Board announced its long-
awaited decision in the Piedmont
Area Case. Piedmont was au
thorized to serve nearly all the
routes for which it had applied;
including the new points of At
lanta, Augusta, Baltimore, Co
lumbia, Florence, Goldsboro, and
“We will begin service along
the new routes as soon as the
certificate becomes effective,”
said President T. H. Davis at
the time, and an early summer
deadline was set.
Less than three months after
the announcement of the CAB
decision, stations at the new
points were ready for service.
Over 12 Station Managers were
transferred to new locations as
a result of the move, as were
five Sales Managers and Repre
sentatives. The ranks of Pied
mont employees swelled as addi
tional maintenance, station, and
clerical personnel were hired to
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Progress Of Locals
In '62 Report
One of the brightest spots in
the U. S. airline picture for 1962
is the traffic progress of the
local service airlines, says a year-
end report of the Air Transport
The 13 carriers carried an esti-
mated 7,880,000 passengers in
scheduled services for 1962, an
increase of 21.7 per cent over
Passenger miles flown totaled
1,606,000,000, an increase of 19.5
per cent; air freight was up 30.9
per cent to 7,200,000 ton miles;
air express up 26.6 per cent to
3,800,000; and mail was up 10.4
per cent to 3,700,000 ton miles.
The local service airlines in
1962 operated along 51,182 route
miles serving 580 cities.
Looking at the entire industry
for the past year, for the 12-
month period ending November
30, 1962, the scheduled airlines
compiled a passenger fatality
rate of 0.28 per 100 million
revenue passenger miles. For
the same period the previous
year, the passenger fatality rate
Airline employees and payrolls
were increased in 1962 to 173,453
employees, a net increase of
6,699. The annual payroll was
$1,209,094,874, an increase of
$108,679,740 over the same period
a year ago. Average annual
wage per employee was $6,971.