Piedmont Aviation, Inc.
Smith Reynolds Airport
Winston-Salem, N. C.
Betsy Allen, Editor
How Much Change
In the last ten years Piedmont Airlines has undergone
nothing short of phenomenal changes.
Piedmont Aviation, Inc. in 1957 had 1003 employees work
ing in 34 stations. As of September 30th this year we had
2574 employees in 45 stations. Ten years ago we were flying a
total of 22 DC-3’s. Today we have 32 Martin 404’s, nine
FH-227’s, a Boeing 727 and an F-27. With the exception of one
plane that will be returned by the end of the year, we have,
today, bought, used and re-sold an entire fleet of F-27’s.
The revenue passenger miles flown by Piedmont in 1957
totaled 83,807,654. Last month the Pacemakers covered 339,-
In 1957 more than half of us were not with Piedmont at
all. Even so, we all realize the next five years will probably
bring more changes than have the past ten.
How are we going to face the years between now and
Change is synonymous with progress. Our responsibility
goes deeper than anticipating it, we must respond to it.
Piedmont’s very survival is, and will, depend on our
ability to make prompt changes in our operations to meet
our customers’ demands, to meet competition, to keep operat
ing efficiency high and costs down.
Will we harbor tendencies to resist change in the light
of certain disadvantages? Or will we be fair with ourselves
and our company and consider the advantages just as
Piedmont doesn’t pour us through a mold and expect us
to come out with a standard attitude. But the company does
try to hold to a high standard of quality in its products.
Piedmont people by and large must be quality people, what
ever their jobs.
To meet the changes we all know are coming in the next
five years we’d rather be motivated than manipulated. Suc
cessful and smooth change earns cooperation while attempts
at alteration only enforce compliance.
Stofemenf By Nihon
Mr. Thomas H. Davis, Distinguished Guests, my dear
friends of Piedmont Airlines, and Gentlemen:
This is a very memorable day for our Nihon Aeroplane
Manufacturing Company and especially for myself because
of the conclusion of a sales contract for ten YS-llA-200 air
craft to Piedmont Airlines with an additional ten aircraft to
follow on an option. I believe this is also a memorable day
for Piedmont Airlines in making the decision of adopting the
Japanese made 60-seat airliners, as I am strongly confident
that they will be lucrative instruments to expand and raise
the glorious reputation of Piedmont Airlines.
The YS-11 aircraft is a fruit of all-out efforts of Japanese
aeronautical engineering and leading aviation industries with
strong support of the Japanese Government by which our
Nihon Aeroplane Manufacturing Company was established in
1959. Since the debut of the first YS-11 aircraft in commercial
service in April 1964, many improvements have been made to
make the aircraft more valuable for commercial operation
and it brought forth the YS-llA series, which are capable of
carrying more payload from short runways. I believe a pas
senger airliner must have five important factors, namely,
safety, speed, passenger comfort, easy maintenance, economical
reliability and I am quite positive the YS-llA-200 aircraft will
satisfy these requirements. However, I also understand our
manufacturers support to airlines in spare parts supply and
service engineering are very important to have the aircraft
operation successful. Actually, there are more than 40 YS-11
aircraft serving in Japan, and other countries including 13
aircraft in the Phillippines, Hawaii, Peru, and Brazil, and
we are gaining a very high reputation from them not only
in the performance of this aircraft but also in our support to
Taking this memorable opportunity, I would like to
promise to Mr. Thomas H. Davis that we will do our very
best in our spare and engineering support to you in order to
make your YS-11 aircraft operation successful to match the
fine record and name of Piedmont Airlines.
Finally, I would like to express my sincere appreciation
to all the people who contributed very kind and earnest sup
port in consummation of this contract. I wish from my heart
our nice relations with Piedmont Airlines will grow and
strengthen the bridge of friendship between the United States
Executive Vice President
Nihon Aeroplane Manufacturing
Summer is over and my favorite season of the year is at hand^
Have you noticed the fall colors this year? Particularly while flj^
Speaking of flying, Mr. Maynard L. Pennell, Vice President of
Engineering and Product Development in Boeing’s Commercial
Airplane Division, states that possibly within the next twenty
years commercial aircraft will be available weighing as much as
one and one-half mllion pounds and carrying 1000 passengers. He
predicts that airplanes will grow to 350 feet or more in length and
will be even more economical than the high-capacity Boeing 747
which will be flying by the end of 1968.
The Boeing 747, weighing more than 700,000 lbs. and capable
of carrying from 350 to 490 passengers, is 231 feet long and has a
wing span of 195 feet. It will weigh 28 times that of a DC-3. WOW!
I was down for a visit with the fellows at GSP last week, and
saw something new. I know you have seen and heard the doorbell
that chimes out the tune “Home Sweet Home.” Well, instead of
the phone ringing at GSP, a chime goes off to the tune of “Who
Do You Love?” Of course, the answer is the customer on the other
end of the line.
* * *
The best thing to save for old age is YOURSELF.
Secret — Something a woman tells everybody not to tell any
* * *
The trouble with being the best man at a wedding is that you
get no chance to prove it.
Norris H. Young—Foreman. INT-FB
G. T. Stack, Jr.—Division Chief F/A,
D. L. Hayes—Stock Clerk, INT
T. L. Hayes—Stock Clerk. INT
Helen L. Hopson—Agenit, TRI
R. D. Dean—Capt., ORF
E. D. Akard—Agent, CVG
M. n. Sink—Chief Mech., ORF
E. W. Wilkins—Lineman, INT-CPA
T. F. Finney—Sta. Mgr., GSP
G. A. Gentry—Ld. Agent, AVL
L. W. Salmon—Mech., INT-FB
H. L. Cox—Ld. Agent, HSP
N. B. Horton—Capt., ROA
Hilda C. Parks—Key Punch Op., INT
M. Ann Pequignot—Ld. Agent, CVG
Linda A. Snow—Gen. Clerk. INT
S. K. Donglass—Agent, CMH
G. L. Herman—Jr. Spec., INT-FB
Isabel Johnson—Telephone Op., INT
Jackie J. Light—Agent, DCA
M. B. Bullard, Jr.—Agent, CRE
M. F. Hinson—Sr. Radio Tech.. INT
E. F. Rivenbark—Jr. Mech., ILM
C. S. Poteat—Sr. Spec., INT
W. H Walker—Mech., INT
S. R. Poston—Cleaner, INT
N. F. Wilson—Jr. Mech., INT-FB
It. F. Waters—Sr. Mech., INT
E. J. Kutilek—Exc. Aircraft Capt.. DCA
J. R. Billings—Agent, GSB
K. C. Brown—Clerk, INT
S. L. Brown—Agent, ATL
G. M. Cheely—Agent, ATL
O. H. Gilland—Agent, TYS
W. T. Goodson—Agent, ORF
J. H. Haley—Agent, ROA
G. W. Hull—Apprentice, INT-FB
R. T. Miller—Agent, EWN
R. D. Mosher—Sr. Stock Clerk, DCA-FB
E. C. Ormond—Agent, ISO
W. B. Powell, Jr.—Instructor Training
Manvilie Puckett—Mech. Helper, ORF
C. N. Riddle, Jr.—Agent, CHO
K. V. Robinson—Agent, GSB
B. D. Shreve—Agent, LYH
J. D. Spivey—Agent, ORF
C. E. Taylor, Jr.—Agent, ATL
C. Thompson—Mechanic, INT-FB
G. E. Turner—Agent, ORF
J. A. Wright—Agent, DCA
J, D. Younger—Agent, LYH
C. K. Albright—Stewardess, DCA
P. K. Bell—Stewardess, INT
P. J. Del Sordo—Stewardess, ROA
M. S. Faulkner—Stewardess, ROA
E. S. Fleenor—Jr. Mechanic, ATL
K. T. Plabisch—Stewardess. ORF
J. D. Hodges—Stewardess. ORF
J, D. Jones—Stewardess, INT
D. L. Lesser—Stewardess, DCA
PI. M. Parkes—Flight Instructor, ORF
L. C. Parrish—Stewardess. DCA
L. E. Powell—Stewardess, ROA
L, A. Roylston^—Stewardess. ROA
J. Salyers—Stewardess, ORF
R. S. Sherrod—Stewardess. TYS
J. A. Stokes—S;tew'ardess, INT
B. A. Walsh—Stewardess, ORF
L. J. Whitman—Stewardess, DCA
R. C. Britt—CRE to SOP
E. G. Cooke—INT-SC to SOP
D. R. Moore—CRW to SOP
H. J. Gannaway—TYS to ATL
T. L. McMahan—ATL to ILM
Diane lloonej'—INT to ILM
J. D. Sexton—INT to ILM
G. G. Walker—DCA to ATL
H. J. Ward—ROA to ATL
J. R. Durkin—LEX to ILM
R. D. Stewart—DCA to ILM
D. M. Vanc^ROA ot CHO
II. J. Edney—ROA, to Sr. Mech.
L. G. Brooks—SOP, to Lead Agent
J. V. Head“ILM, to Lead Radio Tech.
E. F. Rivenbark—ILM, to Jr. Mech.
S. W. Welch—INT, to Sr. Stenb.
R. W. Kelley—ROA, to Jr. Mech.
E. M. Stultz—ROA, to Util. Serviceman
V. L. Tolley—ROA, to Util. Serviceman
B. E. Parrish—INT, to Director—
W. PI. Barnard—ROA, to Jr. Mech.
J. E. Brown—ROA, to Jr. Mech.
O. Davis—ROA, to Util. Serviceman
J. T. Gibson—ROA, to Lead Mech.
J. P. Coon—ROA, to Sr. Stock Clerk
J. R. Johnson—INT, to Supv.™
D. W. Rimel—INT, to Radio Tech.
PIEDMONT SIGNS . . .
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power unit and many other ac
cessories and components are
supplied by U. S. manufacturers.
The pul’chase price of the ten
airplanes along with spare parts,
training and ground support
equipment totals $22,500,000.
The YS-11 is used extensively
in Japan, the Philippines, several
South American countries, and
in the U. S. by Hawaiian Air
“This new major step by the
company,” Davis added, “is an
other move to assure our custo
mers the very best transporta
tion service. This order also re
flects our confidence in the con
tinued growth of the great area
we serve. We are certain that
Piedmont and the people we
serve will profit from the use
of this fine, new transport air
craft. We believe it will pay
dividends to our customers and
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