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JUNE, 1965
Aviation Tax
Bill Pending
President Johnson has sent a
message to Congress requesting
that the 5 per cent airways tax,
due to expire June 29, be made
permanent. The message also
aslced that the 2 cents per gal
lon aviation gas tax be contin
ued and, furthermore, that taxes
of 2 cents per gallon on jet fuel,
4 cents per gallon general avia
tion fuel, and 2 per cent on air
freight waybills be imposed.
The 5 per cent airways tax
has been approved by the House
and by the Senate Ways and
Means Committee. The Senate is
expected to act in favor of the
bill within the next ten days.
Action on the aviation fuel
taxes and air freight waybills
will not be taken until late in
the year at the earliest, and prob
ably not until the next session
of Congress.
The Air Transport Association
(ATA), speaking for the sched
uled airlines, believes that the
taxes now being paid by the air
lines equal or exceed their share
of airways costs. They subse
quently feel that it is unfair to
levy additional taxes on the air
The 5 per cent user tax, up
held by the ATA, is felt to be
the fairest and most productive
means of distributing airway
costs among those who really
use the airways.
On the other hand, the airlines
feel that fuel tax is discrimina
tory, and bears no relationship
to the use of facilities. The air
lines will continue to oppose ap
plication of a jet fuel tax and
will also continue to work to
ward a repeal of the 2 cents per
gallon gasoline tax insofar as it
applies to airlines.
Seminar Students
Tour Home Office
Foreign students from the International Air Systems Seminar deplane
from the FAA's Gulfstream at Smith Reynolds Airport. They are met by
County Commissioner Fred Hauser (far left), Mayor M. C. Benton (second
from left), and President T. H. Davis (far right).
Piedmont Handles
Charter For 200
New F-O’s,
Captain W. 0. Tadlock, Di
rector of Flight Operations, has
announced that eight pilots have
been promoted to the rank of
' captain.
The eight are D. Lamarr Sto
vall, TYS; Aaron William Rowe,
INT; Robert Longmire Almon,
ILM; Ralph Van Shipton, ATL;
Gene Arlen Sugg, INT; Robert
Elmore Foreman, DCA; William
Thomas Hurst, ORF; and Harry
Gilbert O’Conner, ORF.
In addition, four more promo
tions will be announced this
Six new pilots also began
training on May 10. They are
Wayne Hennings, Kenneth Al
len Sallies, Ronald Charles Fen-
rich, Donnie Warren Barnes,
Robert Lawton Atkins, and
James MacNeil Bailey.
Martin 404
Joins Fleet
Piedmont Airlines purchased
another Martin 404 on May 21,
bringing the airline’s total fleet
to thirty-four — twenty-six Mar
tin 404 Pacemakers and eight
F-27 prop jets.
The new aircraft, at one time
belonging to TWA, was pur
chased from Southern Airways.
The Martin, with 44 seats, will
be placed into service around
the first of August.
Thelma Davis, Director of
Charter Sales, has reported that
the airline handled the largest
charter in its history on June
16 and 17.
The charter, which involved
three Piedmont Airline planes
and, by special agreement, two
Southern Airlines planes, was in
conjunction with the North
Carolina Governor’s Agricul-
tural-Industrial Tour. In addi
tion to Piedmont’s charter, an
R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. plane
and two light aircraft were used
for the tour.
The North Carolina Depart
ment of Agriculture has for
many years sponsored an Agri
business Caravan, whereby busi
ness and agricultural leaders of
the state have visited through
out the United States observing
“how others do it.”
This year. North Carolina re
ciprocated by inviting 100 promi
nent industrial leaders from all
over the country to tour out
standing points in the state.
About 100 North Carolinians
joined the visitors for the tour.
The week-long visitation began
on the evening of June 14. The
following day, the guests visited
Reynolds Tobacco Co., Old Sa
lem, Western Electric, Hanes
Park, and Wake Forest College.
They finished the day with a
trip to High Point’s Furniture
On Wednesday, the 200 busi
nessmen left via Piedmont Air
lines for Asheville where they
saw the Biltmore Estate and its
adjoining farm and dairy prop
erty, the Gerber Baby Food
Plant, and the Blue Ridge Park
On Thursday, Piedmont flew
the group first to Charlotte, then
to Wilmington, and finally to
Before leaving the state, the
visitors saw North Carolina
State University and the Legis
lative buildings in Raleigh and
the Research Triangle in Dur
Mr. Wayne Corpening of the
Governor’s Office, was in charge
of the group which included,
along with N. C. Governor Dan
Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland,
Minnesota, New York, Georgia,
Massachusetts, Virginia, Tennes
see, California, Ohio, Texas, Mis
souri, Florida, Kentucky, Penn
sylvania, New Jersey, Colorado,
Michigan, Rhode Island, and the
District of Columbia.
Sheri Folger, assistant general
sales manager for Piedmont
Airlines, accompanied the group
during the airline’s portion of
the trip to insure the smooth
handling of the five airplanes
and two hundred people.
It is hoped that the Governor’s
Tour will have encouraged agri
cultural and industrial interests
to settle in North Carolina.
Senate!' Soaper
Naturally, we admire the pio
neers who built this country, but
why couldn’t they have establish
ed the cities a little closer to
the airports? — Senator Soaper
in Winston-Salem Journal.
The home office, on May 26,
hosted international aviation of
ficials from some eighteen coun
tries, including Afghanistan, Ar
gentina, Burundi, Costa Rica,
Finland, Guinea, Honduras, Ken
ya, Laos, Lebanon, Liberia, Pak
istan, Panama, Peril, the Philip
pines, Sudan, Thailand, and Zam
bia. The group is in the United
States to attend the thirteen
week government-industry In
ternational Air Systems seminar.
Seminar students, as well as
FAA officials and a representa
tive from the American Univer
sity, arrived at Smith Reynolds
Airport at 9:30 a.m. where they
were met by Mayor M. C. Ben
ton, County Commissioner Fred
Hauser, Airport Manager Dick
Graham, T. H. Davis, and the
Atkins High School Band.
After a brief reception, the of
ficials toured the administra
tive, maintenance, and opera
tional facilities of Piedmont
Aviation, Inc.
Almost all the visitors had an
excellent command of the Eng
lish language. Most had been to
college in the United States.
They were anxious to learn.
Some were from countries where
air transportation has been in
operation for a number of years
others were from places that are
just now initiating air transpor
tation. One country had only
two commercial airliners.
Said the delegate from Pakis
tan, “Flying is still a novelty in
our country. Many people will
save for weeks just to buy a
plane ticket. They aren’t going
anywhere; they just want to
ride! In fact, that is a very sig
nificant source of revenue.”
The group was impressed by
Piedmont’s facilities, which
seemed large when compared to
their own situations. They asked
questions about Piedmont’s fleet,
as well as about financing and
operations, in an attempt to
ferret out information which
would be helpful in establishing
an effective system of air trans
portation in each of their re
spective countries.
The International Air Systems
Seminar, sponsored by American
University and the Agency for
International Development
(AID), is the first of its kind.
During the first six weeks of
the program, which began May
10, the students discussed air
space and the market for air
transportation. The overall topic
was air system planning and
Piedmont Airlines was select
ed to explain the financing and
operations of a domestic sched
uled airline. On the day prior to
the field trip to Winston-Salem,
Piedmont officials talked to the
group in Washington about all
phases of the airline’s opera
tions including administration,
financing, station operations,
training, programs, and main
Those from Piedmont Airlines
attending the seminar in Wash
ington were T. H. Davis, presi
dent; Don Britt, assistant to the
president; C. G. Brown, Jr., vice
president; H. K. Saunders, vice
president; M. F. Fare, vice presi
dent; T. W. Morton, controller;
W. G. McGee, assistant vice pres
ident—sales; R. E. Turbiville,
assistant vice president—traffic;
W. O. Tadlock, director of flight
operations; and R. S. Macklin,
technical advisor to the director
of maintenance and engineering.
During the first six weeks of
the seminar, other speakers in-
eluded representatives from
American University, Brookings
Institute, the Civil Aeronautics
Board, the United States Air
Force, Pan American World Air
ways, and the Federal Aviation
Agency (FAA). In addition, field
trips were made to the FAA Na
tional Aviation Facilities Experi
mental Center at Atlantic City,
N. J,; FAA Aeronautical Center
in Oklahoma City; an aircraft
factory in Oklahoma; and the
Harrisburg (Pa.) Airport.
(Contimied on Pnp:e Four)
K. Moore, top executives from of American Airlines.
Milwaukee Braves star Eddie Matthev/s signs baseball for stev/ardess corps before start of game between
Braves and Mets at New York's Shea Stadium. His audience (from left) includes Hope Patterson, American
Airlines, Phyllis Geek, Frontier Airlines, Marty Mavin, Allegheny, Jan Osting, Lake Central, Nancy Vaught,
Piedmont and Leona Berglund, Pacific. The girls spent a weekend of sightseeing in New York City as guests

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