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Use It Or Lose It"
Stations On Our System
Piedmont Airlines is the only local service airline in the nation
with all of the cities it serves being above the Civil Aeronautics
Board’s “Use It or Lose It” minimum requirement for passengers
Capt. John R. Cansler gives David an instrument briefing.
The “Use It or Lose It” pro
gram, - adopted in 1958 by the
CAB, stipulates that each com
munity receiving local airline
service should enplane at least
five passengers per day. If a
community does not measure up
to this minimum, the CAB
“may institute formal proceed
ings to determine whether ser
vice to a city should be discon
tinued for lack of use.” In addi
tion, the airline involved “is free,
and is encouraged, to ask for a
suspension of services, even in
advance of a Board proceeding
to terminate the certification.”
Quarterly Evaluations
A quarterly letter is mailed by
the CAB to mayors of all com
munities receiving local airline
service, with a list of cities and
their standings. The latest letter
covers the 12 months ended June
30, 1965.
Company officials pointed out
that achieving the five-passen-
ger-a-day minimum at all points
did not involve any suspensions
or deletions of service at any
community but instead resulted
from promotion and advertising
of the service offered, plus a
Long Time Admirer .
Special Passenger Makes Well-Planned Trip
Piedmont Airlines has an extra
special fan in David Konick of 1
Glen Burnie, Maryland. David 1
wrote President Davis last sum
mer telUng him how very much
he wanted to take a trip on Pied
mont and that he was working
to save money for his ticket.
About November Mr. Davis re
ceived another letter from David.
He had saved enough money and
wanted to fly from Baltimore to
Charlottesville. After straighten
ing out a few complications,
David made his arrangements to
fly from Washington to Char
lottesville and return the same
With glowing praises for Pied
mont David kept Mr. Davis ad
vised of his plans. David’s big
day was Saturday, January 15th.
Our flight crews and station per
sonnel in DCA and CHO had
been told of the special visit of
the 14 year old Civil Air Patrol
member from Maryland. That
Saturday became a red-letter day
for David and for Piedmont.
Dick Mahn met Flight 477 and
from then on the day belonged
to David. From a complete brief
ing on the Martin 404 that he
had come down on, to a grand
tour of Monticello, Mr. Mahn
and David made a day of it. They
went out to lunch and some
where along the line found a
few Piedmont souvenirs for
David to take back to Glen
The Piedmont folks who met
minimum of two round-trips per
day being offered to each city
on Piedmont’s 42-station system.
No Services Deleted
“Though we have consolidated
services of communities at single
airports on two occasions since
the “Use It or Lose It” policy
has been in effect, we have not
wanted to delete service,” com
mented C. G. Brown, Jr., Vice
President for traffic and sales.
“Instead we have attempted to
provide a maximum number of
flights practical for each com
munity and we have tried to pro
mote and develop airline service
at the local level through adver
“We are delighted to report
that this effort, resulting in the
use of our services by increasing
numbers of passengers, has en
abled all the communities we are
privileged to served to come
above the “Use It or Lose It”
minimum. We are grateful for
the cooperation and loyalty of
all the cities we serve in helping
us attain this goal,” he added.
Elizabeth City was the last
“Use It or Lose It” station on
Piedmont’s system.
New Operations Position Created:
•Filled By Elton Smith Hudson
As Manager of Contracts and
Leases for the company Elton
Smith Hudson will be in charge
of leases and rental space for the
airline at various stations over
Piedmont’s system.
Mr. Hudson is based in Win
ston-Salem and works under the
department of Operations with
W. A. Blackmon.
A lawyer and native of Albe
marle, N. C., Mr. Hudson has
been in business in Winston-Sa
lem for ten years. A former high
school teacher he is also presi
dent of the Beefeater Limited,
a restaurant in the Twin City.
Mr. Hudson is a graduate of
Wake Forest College and Law
School. He is married and has
two children.
— Mr. Hudson —
David that day enjoyed a real
treat as they watched the young
ster’s enthusiasm about every
phase of Piedmont’s daily ac
David’s reaction to his trip
is best seen in the thank you
letter he wrote Mr. Davis almost
as soon as he got home.
310 Phelps Avenue
Glen Burnie, Maryland
Mr. T. H. Davis
President of Piedmont Airlines
Winston-Salem, N. C.
Dear Mr. Davis,
Thank you very much for in
forming all of your personnel in
Washington and in Charlottes
ville. I was really surprised.
Mr. Mahn took me out to lunch
and to the Monticello. I didn’t
know all of that was going to
happen to me that day. I thought
I was to stay at the airport for
the day. I really enjoyed going
around Charlottesville. It was
better than the plane trip itself
and I really enjoyed flying a lot.
I don’t know how to repay every
one at Piedmont for making a
great day come true especially
you Mr. Davis and Mr. Mahn.
Mr. Mahn spent all of his time
and effort with me on Saturday.
I don’t know how to repay him
for his time and effort he spent
with me. May be you can find
some way to repay him for me
If you can.
Thanks a lot for everything
you did for me. It was probably
one of the biggest days of my
life. I’ll never forget that day as
long as I live.
If I can save enough money
this summer I hope to go on
Piedmont again.
Yours truly,
Dave Konich
P.S. If you are ever in the Balti
more area I sure would like to
meet you.
Company Personnel at ILM
Increase PAI Family By One
Piedmont Airlines at ILM has
been adopted — by a dog.
The dog — with no name but
the possessor of several nick
name — actually adopted Pied
mont about eight months ago,
but that adoption was re-affirm
ed recently.
When the animal — principal
ly white, but with generous
splotches of brown — first ap
peared at the airport building
someone apparently fed it, re
peated the service, and finally
the dog got to like it.
It was part of the Piedmont
family for about two months,
during which time it made tiny
encroachments on the hospitality
of the baggage handlers, pilots
and softhearted stewardesses un
til it had the run of the Pied
mont offices.
It slept on couches in the crew
lounge and was constantly fed
by everyone. The stewardesses
lavished affection on the beast
— which it also liked.
After about two months of be
ing the star of the show, the
animal was given away. It stay
ed away about six months. Then,
not long ago, a familiar tail
wagged outside the door to the
crew lounge.
When newsmen gathered to
interview the re-established star
of the Piedmont mid-afternoon
show. Dog, or Sarge, or Sack
Hound (Sack for short), was
peacefully reposed in the center
of the only available sofa and
five people were standing up.
Efforts to raise a reaction were
of little avail until a pretty
stewardess decided to pet Sack.
The dog finally condescended
to sit up and stewardess, Joan
Ensign of Wrightsville Beach,
coaxed it into nodding briefly at
photographers. (See picture on
page 5)
FA A Names Deputy Director
The Federal Aviation Agency
has announced the appointment
of William M. Flener, 43, of At
lanta, Ga., to be Deputy Director
of FAA’s Southern Region. Fle
ner was Chief of the Airports
Division of the Southern Region,
which serves the Southern states
east of the Mississippi River.
Flener began his 23 years of
service with the Federal Avia
tion Agency as an air traffic con
troller in 1943. He became Chief
of the Air Route Traffic Control
Center in Great Falls, Mont., in
1957 and was advanced to As
sistant Chief, Operations Branch,
Air 'Traffic Division, in Los
Angeles in 1960.
After a year of study in the
U. S. Air Force’s Air War Col
lege, 1963-64, Flener became Staff
Assistant, Evaluations, in FAA’s
Airports Service, Washington,
D. C. He went to Atlanta as
Chief of the Airports Division of
the Southern Region in August,
Flener, who was the Federal
Aviation Agency’s nominee for
the Arthur S. Flemming Award
(for outstanding Government
service) in 1962, has a commer
cial pilot’s license, with instru
ment rating. He lives with his
wife and son at 3083 Washing
ton Road, East Point, Ga.

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