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VOL. IX, NO. 1
THE BEST WAY TO TRAVEL — ALL OVER PIEDMONTLAND
ARCHITECT'S DRAWING OF NEW FACILITIES AT INT.
Details of New Building; Plans For Hangar,
And Office Facilities Have Been Announced
Piedmont’s home-base expan
sion plans, though not yet final
ized, are definitely taking shape.
The $7 million program an
nounced by the company in con
junction with the Forsyth Coun
ty Airport Commission late in
December will include extension
and strengthening of the present
runways. The cost of this facet
of the project will be about $1,-
The new office facilities which
Piedmont will lease from the
Commission will replace the pres
ent, greatly overcrowded space
now used by the home office per
sonnel. Upon the completion of
the new building it is anticipated
that the old building will be used
for some of Piedmont’s other op
erations such as training or fixed
Flight Training Center
Currently, the brick warehouse
located behind the home office is
being partially converted into a
flight training center where the
Boeing 737 simulator will be lo
The planned office building,
which will be located at the north
end of the present runway net
work at Smith Reynolds, will
have 40,000 square feet of floor
space on two levels.
The new hangar facilities
which will adjoin the office
building will make up the re
mainder of the 334,000 square
foot building that will encom
pass a total of three levels.
This hangar structure will
have double cantilever roofs, one
over each of the two sections.
Each section will be 360 feet
wide, or more than the length of
a football field, and 135 feet deep.
The center core between the han
gars will house the sheet metal,
painting and ground equipment
shops as well as a small parts
stock room. This particular sec
tion will be 120 feet wide, with
a ceiling height of 46 feet.
By comparison, the present
hangar facility at INT is of sin
gle cantilever construction with
a total width of only 375 feet.
Final plans for the building
are expected to be completed
within the next 40 days. It is
hoped that the contract for con
struction will be awarded by
early March. Actual building
should begin shortly thereafter.
A tentative moving date has
been set for March, 1968.
The site will be made up of a
total of 21 acres for the building
and improved parking facilities.
Note the picture above.
At the present time it is ex
pected that the maintenance
work on the 737’s will be carried
out primarily in Winston-Salem.
Although several outside stations
are now involved with Pace-
maker maintenance, Roanoke
consistently conducting major in
spections for some aircraft, it is
not anticipated that these sta
tions will have immediately the
staff or facilities for mainten
ance, inspection and overhaul of
the new aircraft.
New York News Notes
by Eddie Jones
Seems we forgot to men
tion the highlight of our first
day of scheduled operations into
New York in the last issue. Stew
ardess Connie Hale tells us it was
a rather bumpy flight inbound
when one of the passengers be
came ill and proceeded to the
blue room. Shortly before land
ing at LGA the passenger return
ed to the cabin, looking rather
embarrassed in addition to being
so pale. He advised he had lost
his chompers in the honey buck
et! So a radio message ahead had
all alerted locally and one of
Eastern’s employees obliged the
gentleman by going on a fishing
venture. After retrieving the
denture, the man made a rush
for the drug store. Later the
druggist tells us there was sure
a demand for soap, tooth paste,
listerine, polident and scrub
brushes. Must have done a great
job though as he went smiling
on his merry way! The Eastern
agent said, “Is this the way we
have to please Piedmont custom
ers?” December proved a pretty
good month for us when our
boardings reached 2,225 and de-
planed passengers numbered
2,220. Total boardings for each
flight were 391 on 39, 507 on 33,
192 on 715, 581 on 35 and 554 on
31. Sure would like to see 715
pick-up and hope you folks aren’t
forgetting to book on 715 to SHD
and 705 to CHO! It’s a good con
nection and the passenger doesn’t
even have to change planes. Mo-
I hawk Airlines’ Mechanics have
been on strike since December
12th and as of this writing
I there’s no end in sight. That’s
rough for us when they do our
maintenance locally. However,
our maintenance department has
helped us out by sending our
own mechanics up on a tempo
rary duty basis. I certainly have
enjoyed working with these fine
fellows and hope they will come
back for a visit. Our maintenance
department must be proud of this
fine group of employees and we
do appreciate all their efforts
while here. We just received a
pamphlet from the Flushing
Chamber of Commerce, which
lists some mighty interesting
facts concerning the “Aviation
Family.” It indicates that 57,500
people work for aviation in the
metropolitan area. About 45,000
go every day to the four major
airports, Kennedy, LaGuardia,
Newark and Teterboro and the
remaining are in ticket offices,
etc. I might add, I can vouch for
these 45,000, I believe, especially
when trying to find a parking
place in the employee parking
lot. Guess it takes all these em
ployees to handle the traffic
since nearly 26,000,000 people
moved through the metropolitan
area’s air terminals last year.
During our managers’ meeting at
the Port Authority this week,
many of us were astonished at
the figures given us by our local
tower chief, Mr. Skaggs. He in
dicated 302,000 operations at
LGA last year, averaged about
832 per day. We’re looking for
ward to more of your visits, and
if any of you Southerners want
to get out of all the snow, just
come on up. We’ve only had one
snow this year and it really
All Piedmont employees can be justly proud of their efforts
which made 1966 the most outstanding year in the history of our
company. The record established is truly fantastic.
The Airline Division attained the highest load factor in the
local service industry and became the first local service airline
in the U. S. to earn a profit for a full year without the necessity
of government subsidy.
The General Aviation and Central Piedmont Aero Divisions
achieved far greater sales and earnings than ever before.
For all of this, I am deeply grateful for the part you have
played in making it possible.
As indicated in the December 1942 letter appearing below, it
has been traditional for our company at each Christmas-time to
share with those who have contributed to its success. During the
Christmas gathering of employees in the hangar, Santa Claus has,
I believe, each year since 1942, announced a bonus or salary and
wage increase. I hope and believe we can continue to do this for
at least another 24 years.
It is a good feeling to reflect on these accomplishments, but I
am sure we all realize we cannot “rest on our laurels” despite
the outstanding record we have made. I am sure, too, that you
want to know at all times where we stand and what is ahead.
Therefore, I want to be frank with you and point out a few things
that indicate it is going to be very difficult to do as well or better
in 1967 than we did in 1966.
First, we will be getting into our new equipment program
with the FH-227’s and the 727 jet. From past experience, we know
that the “learning curve” and “teething problems” of putting new
airplanes into operation are expensive and trying undertakings.
Second, the debt to finance our new equipment will require
interest payments alone of approximately 2V2 million dollars per
year — that is $7,000.00 every day, rain or shine, and whether or
not we take in a nickel.
Third, the big bundle Santa had on his back for most em
ployees will require several hundred thousand dollars.
Fourth, we cannot reasonably expect an increase in our ex
ceedingly high load factor to help offset these cost increases. We
will have to get any additional revenue from more miles flown
with bigger airplanes.
Fifth, we will not, I hope, have the windfall of the large
amount of additional business we got last summer as a result of
the two-month strike against five airlines.
Sixth, the tight money market will undoubtedly have an effect
on general aviation aircraft sales.
These are just a few of the things that indicate clearly that
we have really got our work cut out for us. Without constant dili
gence, we could stump our toe and be in serious trouble.
I don’t mention these things in a pessimistic way at all. I
mention them because I know our Piedmont gang is a mature,
realistic group of people and want the truth. I know, too, that
when you see clearly the job to be done you are the kind of people
that get at it without a grumble and make a success out of even
the most difficult challenge.
We have that challenge ahead of us this year. I know I can
depend on you to do your part so we can have another pleasant
gathering on Christmas Eve, 1967.
Happy New Year and God Bless You.
—T. H. Davis
LEWIN S. MCGINNIS
THOMAS H. DAVIS
V. PRES, a TREAS.
J. FRANK GROAT
MILTON F. FARE
PIEDMONT AVIATION, INCORPORATED
WINSTON-SALEM. NORTH CAROLINA
December 24, 1942
TO THE PERSONNEL OF PIEDMONT AVIATION, INC.:
A year ago it was the pleasure of the officials of the
company to express to the entire personnel our appreciation
for their efforts by awarding a small bonus. Last year we had
in our organization twenty-nine boys and one girl, and we
were indeed proud of the growth of the organization during
the previous year.
During the past year we have continued to grow. Now,
we are forty-one boys and two girls, and with even more effort,
cooperation and teamwork we can continue to grow and do
more for the successful prosecution of this war. Now that
99% of our operations are war work, let's all see if we can't
do just a little more and get it over with quicker.
Enclosed you will find our gift to you (based on a per
centage of your total income with this company for the past
With fondest wishes for a happy holiday season and very