N I T 0 R
Piedmont Aviation, Inc.
Smith Reynolds Airport
Winston-Salem, N. C.
Betsy Winstead, Editor
THE LEFT SEAT. By Robert J. Serling.
Doubleday — 350pp. — $4.95
From the occasional air traveler to the commercial pilot
who flies for a living, traffic in the sky has a fascination all
its own. The Left Seat ought to be required reading for every
one in the airline industry and everyone who flies as well.
In his novel Mr. Serling offers a powerful portrayal of
the people who keep the industry going, on the ground and in
McDonald McKay is the novel’s hero. He is an ex-captain
in the Army Air Forces who goes through becoming a Captain
again with commercial Midwest Airline. Through the rigorous
training, the years of study and experience he crusades for
increasing safety measures for the airlines and fights for
understanding accident causes beyond the too often used ex
cuse of pilot error.
With intensely human characters, author Serling creates
a hard to put down book. The ambitions and experiences of
the airline pilot in Mr. Serling’s story allow for humor but
never dismiss the seriousness of his profession.
Bob Serling is the aviation writer for United Press Inter
national. Over the years readers of airline news have come to
depend upon his reporting, with good reason. His “in depth”
articles on a broad spectrum of aviation subjects carry a
stamp of authority as they appear in newspapers across the
country. Mr. Serling is also the author of two other books
concerning the field of aviation. In 1960 he published The
Probable Cause and in 1963, The Electra Story was released.
The Left Seat spans nearly twenty years in the lives of its
characters, offering the reader concepts of the growth of the
airline industry from its infancy to the highly specialized
status it holds in today’s world. The Left Seat brings to dra
matic focus one of Mr. Serling’s main concerns, and one of
ours, the safety of air transport aircraft.
A4r. hAyjrphy's Opinion
Civil Aeronautics Board Chairman Murphy has asked
presidents of domestic airlines to “encourage” their employees
to vacation in the States rather than further increase the flow
of American dollars out of this country.
In his letter. Chairman Murphy “suggested” that the air
line presidents solicit the assistance of their company news
papers in promoting domestic travel.
As a result, as shown at a recent meeting of airline editors
in Washington, without exception, every editor present had
been apprised of Chairman Murphy’s request, and many edi
tors had been asked by their management to make drastic
changes in reporting international travel bargains available
to airline personnel.
Anyone who regularly reads the many fine newspapers
published for airline employees can easily see the influence
this suggestion has had. There is almost a complete change
over among travel writers, from international to domestic.
Mr. Murphy is right in his plea. Even though the dollar
flow from airline vacationers is small, it does add up. And, it
makes airline people think international rather than domestic.
But the fact remains, the international airlines are doing
more toward “courting” the domestic industry employee than
the domestics are doing among themselves.
And this is why vacationers head overseas, rather than
see the beauty and greatness of our own land. It is not because
there is no desire, or patriotism, it is pure economics.
Mr. Murphy’s letter, like Mrs. O’Leary’s cow, has caught
It is considered 'opinion that employees of domestic air
lines will have opened to them more travel opportunities than
ever, and who knows, this may result in a weekend in our
nation’s capital costing less than a trip to Rome or Madrid.
—from The Southernaire, by Redmond Tyler
William J. Taylor, Dispatcher,
John W. Berry hill. Captain, ILM
Ray Bullard, Chief Agent, INT
Ward Doub, Captain, INT
R. Posey Smith, Jr. Captain,
Ralph B. Swartz, Captain, DCA
Mark Adams, Ld. Mechanic, INT
Charles H. Stoltz, Dispatcher,
Berger A. Wolff, Jr. Radio Tech.,
James H. Pitts, Sr., Sr. Mechanic,
Danny E. Berry, Chief Agent,
Cary G. Bruton, Mech., ILM
Floyd R. Pilley, Sr., Act. Ld.
Ronald G. Price, Agent, PSK
Olive Webster, Jr. Secretary,
Eugene Foster, Sr. Spec., INT
Ramon C. Hoots, Accoxmtant,
A. D. Caudle, Ld. Agent, INT
F. C. Livengood, Buyer, INT
R. L. Goforth, Res. Captain, INT
Leonard Jackson, Jr. Cleaner &
Robert G. Harr, Res. Captain,
Henry N. Holleman, Res. Cap
Robert V. Brookshire, Sr. Mech.,
Russell A. Grass, Res. Captain,
Curtis Lee Ivey, Res. Captain,
A. D. Caudle, Asst. Dispatcher,
Robert H. Klemt, Act. Ld. Mech.,
Barbara D. Webster, Agent, ORF
Paul V. Wyatt, Agent, ORF
Jack R. Bullock, Agent, RDU
Charles T. Leonard, Agent, ILM
James N. Browne, III, St.
R. M. Brown—Janitor INT-M
D. A. Campbell—Agent-Opers.
H. G. Carter—Clerk Maint. INT-
D.yA. Cox—Agent-Opers. DCA
P. F. Davis—Agent-Opers. CRW
C. W. Dooley—Cleaner ROA
B. F. Harrison—Cleaner ORF
I. E. Huffman—Cleaner ROA
P. R. Lovin—Agent ATL
K. L. Mahews—Agent Res. FAY
M. L. Moss—Utility Service Man
B. J. Myers—Cleaner INT
W. B. Neal—Jr. Specialist INT-M
Joe Powell—Flight Instructor
A. J. Romanowski—Agent-Opers.
R. D. Sapp—F/0 Trainee INT
L. D. Shortt—Lineman INT-CPA
W. O. Thomas—Cleaner ROA
R. L. Yount—Agent-Opers. CLT
David E. Albright—F/0 Trainee
G. G. Arkebauer—F/0 Trainee
J. T. Carberry—Agent-Opers.
R. K. Carter—F/0 Trainee INT
T. W. Defosses—Agent-Opers.
R. T. Foxman—F/0 Trainee INT
O. E. Graves—Agent-Reserva-
P. C. Grissom—F/0 Trainee INT
J. A. Hall—F/0 Trainee INT
M. J. Hinn—Agent-Pass. Service
C. L. Hope—Agent-Opers. ATL
C. E. Koone—F/0 Trainee INT
J. E. McGlothlin—F/0 Trainee
DOW’T tLKfeORME.--JOST WWTE,
COCKPIT 5T1LL LQ/^Kb//
Had a most enjoyable evening last week with Eddie Jones and
his group and their wives. Oh yes, speaking of wives, I took mine
to this dinner so had to behave myself for a change. Nevertheless,
picture made, too, and made the front page.
This is a true one — A twelve year old passenger was checking
in for a flight here at INT for DCA. He asked the agent if the
plane was refrigerated. The agent said, “No, why do you ask?” The
boy replied, “Dad said this was the milk run, so how do you keep it
The President proved the other day that the airplane is safer
than the horse and buggy!
The city of Winston-Salem is celebrating its 200th Anniversary
this year and Easter Sunday’s Journal and Sentinel had 270 pages
in it and weighed over four pounds.
Things are really getting rough on pass riders, even positive
ones. A1 Shulley recently was in DCA on business and in order to
get back, he had to buy a ticket. We wonder why he was so intent
on getting back!!??
A true friend is one who knows all about you and still likes you.
* * *
Drip — a person you can always hear but can seldom turn off.
* * *
DID YOU KNOW —
That on Mt. Washington, N. H. the average wind blows 40
MPH and the highest recorded at this point was 231 MPH.
That every state in the union has had temperature readings
below zero except one and that is Hawaii — its lowest was 18 de
Always SMILE — It’s your greatest asset.
R. T. Maloch—F/0 Trainee INT
■ W. G. Mathis—F/0 Trainee INT
G. F. Meekins—F/0 Trainee INT
C. C. Moses—Agent-Reservations
S. G. Myers—F/0 Trainee INT
C. K. Parsons—Agent-Opers.
V. D. Pitts—F/0 Trainee INT
E. L. Pullen—F/0 Trainee INT
M. K. Ronca—Agent-Reserva-
J. G. Sasser—Agent-Opers. GSB
W. E. Scott—F/0 Trainee INT
C. R. Smith—Agent-Opers. PHF
D. J. Stroup—F/0 Trainee INT
S. M. Stutler—Agent-Reserva-
A. L. Tally—General Clerk, Jr.
J. C. Turner—F/0 Trainee INT
R. R. Walker—F/0 Trainee INT
A. N. Wells—Agent-Opers. CAE
J. 0. Woodward, Jr.—F/0
T. B. Adams, Jr.—FLO to INT-F
C. H. Rogers—CAE to FLO
H. L. Gilpin—HSP to JAMTO-
K. N. Smith—promoted to Lead
B. A. Golden—promoted to Jr.
John Booker—promoted to Util.
Ser. Man INT
E. R. Burke—promoted to Sr^
F. H. Sheets—promoted to Sales'
Rep. & transferred to ILM
D. N. Craver—promoted to Jr.
Billy Heath—promoted to Jr.
R. E. Stafford—promoted to Util.
Ser Man INT
R. E. Wall—promoted to Jr.
D. K. Jones—promoted to Chief
Zadock Charles, Jr.—promoted to
Jr. Mech. INT
W. R. Gordon—INT-D promoted
L. H. Jones—LYH promoted to
J. M. Mason—ATL promoted to
C. E. Roberson—INT promoted
to Sr. Stock Clerk