VOL. XI, NO. 9
Added Promotional Fares
Appeal To Larger Market
WE’VE GOT CHICAGO IN OUR CORNER!
The ads, headlined in bold red
type say “Piedmont Plans for
Your Get-A-Way.” The story, found
on the inside cover of passenger
timetables, is of the two new pro
motional fares currently being
offered to Piedmont’s passengers.
The first of the new deals is the
roup Fare Plan. An ideal ar-
gement for get-together vaca-
bns, convention trips or just out
of town jaunts to a sporting event.
The group, to be made up of ten
or more people, must go, but not
necessarily return together. On the
going portion each individual saves
20%. If the group chooses to return
together everyone saves 25% on
the going and 25% on the return
In order to utilize this discount
for volume travel the group must
book all its seats at the same time.
The second of the new savings
plans for passengers is Piedmont’s
Youth Fare. A number of other
carriers have had similar type
plans in use for some time and it
is almost “by popular demand”
that Piedmont has instituted its
Assistant Vice President-Flight
Operations W. 0. Tadlock has an
nounced several changes and pro
motions in his department.
Ralph Shipton has been named
Division Chief Pilot for Wilming
ton. He replaces H. F. Dobbins
who returned to flying the line.
Shipton has recently been the test
pilot for Nihon on the YS-lI’s.
Lloyd Lyons has been promoted
to Division Chief pilot for Win-
ston-Salem. His new assistant chief
pilot is George Strugill who was a
former INT line captain.
Former Roanoke line captain
C. G. “Pete” Dickins has been
named Assistant to Director of
Flight Standards Lyle W. Mc-
Names. He has moved to Winston-
Salem to assume his neW duties.
Former Superintendent of Opera
tions Control R. S. Welfare has
been promoted to Administrative
Assistant to Director o f Flight
Operations W. C. Kyle.
Miss Rachel Alley has been pro
moted to Manager — Operations
own arrangements for travel at a
lower cost for the 12-21 year age
There are several good reasons
for the Company’s having adopted
this new fare, such as the vastly
increased seating capacity of our
aircraft and the large number of
colleges and universities located
on our system.
To take advantage of Piedmont’s
Youth Fare the prospective travel
er must purchase a $5 I.D. card
from any Piedmont office. He can
reserve space at any time, there
are no holiday restrictions, and
save approximately 20% on a one
way ticket or about 40% on a
These two new plans give Pied
mont a full package of promotional
fares to serve the needs of almost
Piedmont’s other discount fares
include the Week-End Plus Plan,
the Discover America Plan, Mili
tary Stand-by, Military Reserva
tions Plan and the Piedmont-7
ZAP . .
ZUD . .
. . BOP
PI Is Training
Pilots For FAA
The Federal Aviation Adminis
tration has awarded a $100,000 con
tract to Piedmont for initial and
re-current training of its Boeing
737 flight inspectors.
Assistant Vice President-Flight
Operations W. 0. Tadlock reports
that two of the FAA’s inspectors
have completed the initial qualifi
cation training. There are sixteen
more flight inspectors presently in
volved in re-current training on the
The contract also included an
option for training additional FAA
inspectors at a later date.
“POW . . . BOP . . . BIF . . .
ZAP!” — are three-letter words
currently in vogue as millions of
devotees of the Caped Crusader
will attest. But what about AUK
. . . BIS . . . BFL . . . ORF . . .
ROP . . SZG . . . YOW ... and
While undecipherable to most
outside our industry, these three-
letter combinations are familiar
to us as airline personnel and
travel agents around the world.
They aren’t really words, or ex
pletives, but are code letters for
airports, cities, or radio naviga
Some are known to passengers
as baggage tag codes which en
sure that their luggage goes to
Boston (BOS) with them, and not
to Bangkok (BKK) without them.
All airlines use them to route
Airline personnel in sales, reser
vations, communications, passen
ger service and ground services
must know the station codes.
Stewardesses and secretaries are
familiar with most of them.
Pilots know the three-letter codes
as identifiers for VOR radio sta
tions which are the backbone of
the^ world’s over-land air naviga
Differ Within Cities
The trio of letters identify a
city or airport served by an air
line. Because of multi-airport
operations at cities such as.New
York, airlines use separate codes
for the airports and downtown lo
cations. Thus EWR is Newark,
LGA is LaGuardia, and NYC is
the downtown sales or reservations
office which handles business for
Obvious and Obscure
Some code derivations are quite
obvious — FAY for Fayetteville,
SEA for Seattle, DEN for Denver
and DCA for Washington. But
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Crisp To Dulles;
Harper To DAN
Verne B. Crisp has been pro
moted to Station Manager for
Piedmont at Dulles International
Crisp is moving to Dulles from
Danville to replace Leonard Mar
tin who opened the Company’s
station at Chicago’s Midway Air
A native of Durham, North Caro
lina, Crisp joined Piedmont as an
agent at Raleigh-Durham in 1956.
He subsequently worked in Wil
mington and Goldsboro where he
was promoted to Chief Agent in
1962. He was named Manager for
Danville in 1967.
Crisp graduated from the public
schools in Durham and served with
the U. S. Navy prior to joining
He is married to the former
Betty Sneed of Durham. They have
Crisp assumed his new duties at
Dulles on January 1st.
Replacing Verne Crisp at Dan
ville is Greenville-Spartanburg’s
former Chief Agent Bob Harper.
Harper, who is a native of Beck-
ley. West Virginia, joined Pied
mont as an agent in Bluefield in
1955. He also worked at Lexington
and Beckley before being pro
moted and transferred to Chief
Agent for the opening of Pied
mont’s station at Greenville-Spar-
tanburg in 1967.
Prior to coming to work for
Piedmont, Harper attended Cen
tral Technical Institute in Kansas
City, Missouri, and served with
the U. S. Army.
Mrs. Harper is the former Goldie
Turner of Harper, West Virginia.
They have a son and two daugh
ters. The Harpers will move to
Danville early in January.
Route Requests Progressing;
N. C. Points Case Is Heard
The oral arguments have been
held in the North Carolina Points
case. In this application Piedmont
is requesting authority to provide
non-stop service between Greens-
boro-High Point, Charlotte and
Raleigh-Durham to New York and
In the initial filing of this appli
cation the Company was also ask
ing for non-stop authority from the
points mentioned into Chicago. At
the oral argument proceedings the
Company withdrew that part of the
application and concentrated its
efforts on winning the authority
between the North Carolina Points
and Miami and New York.
The examiner’s decision has al
ready been rendered in this case,
recommending Piedmont to pro
vide the requested non-stop service
to New York from Raleigh-Durham
In the Miami section of the case
Piedmont’s lawyers put forth very
strong arguments for the Board to
select Piedmont rather than Delta
as had been recommended. The
feeling after the argument, which
was held in mid-December, was
that the probability of Piedmont’s
being chosen had increased.
Service To Greenbrier
Exhibits have been filed in the
Service to Greenbrier Investiga
tion. This case was not instituted
by Piedmont, but rather, is an
application filed by the Greenbrier
County Airport Authority asking
that Piedmont be certificated for
service to that area.
The issue of providing service to
Greenbrier through the Ingalls Air
port (Hot Springs) or the provision
of service to Hot Springs via the
Greenbrier County Airport was
also placed at issue by the Civil
Aeronautics Board. This means
that several results could be de
veloped in this case insofar as the
airport served is considered.
The first possibility is that ser
vice would continue at Hot Springs
as at present. Secondly, the service
could be certificated at both Hot
Springs and Greenbrier. Or third,
the service could be provided at
Greenbrier instead of Hot Springs.
Piedmont has taken no position
on any of these issues other than
it the CAB finds a need for any of
these services subsidy should be
provided to offset the high cost of
The Company has expressed its
willingness t o serve whatever
points deemed necessary by the
Civil Aeronautics Board. However,
Piedmont feels there is a definite
need for subsidy if service is to
be provided to Greenbrier.
Piedmont Airlines is joining eight
other commercial airlines serving
Atlanta in a project to give the city
the first airport fog dispersal sys
tem east of the Mississippi.
Atlanta Municipal Airport, the
fourth-busiest and fourth-foggiest
in the nation, is a major airport
in Piedmont’s system.
Airports normally are closed
when visibility drops below half
a mile. The antifog project is
designed to produce a runway vis
ual range of more than 2,400 feet.
The three-month project began
December 23 and is expected to
The contract went to EG&G En
vironmental Services of Boulder,
Officials at Atlanta said the air
port was closed because of fog for
184 hours in 1968. The three fog
giest airports are Seattle, Los
Angeles and Portland, Ore.
Airlines joining Piedmont and
Delta are Braniff, Southern, East
ern, United, National, Trans World
The seeding idea was first tried
last year in Sacramento, Calif.,
and Los Angeles and was 80 per
cent effective there and at 12 other
airports which since have tried it.
Ralph J. Papania, Jr., project
manager for EE&G, said, “Fog is
like fingerprints — there are no
two instances where they are
“We recognize we will have new
problems in Atlanta where the fog
is of the warm variety, but the
chemicals are foolproof and the
big problem will be drifting of the
fog,” he said.
Piedmont travelers have
started 1970 by breaking the
Company’s all-time high re
cord for passenger board
On Sunday, January 4th
of the New Year’s holiday
week-end a total of 10,725
were boarded on the Pace
This surpassed the pre
vious record of 10,571 set
during the Thanksgiving
holidays in 1969.
The load factors for Janu
ary 4th ranged from 73.18
for the jets to 61.12 for the
Martins with an average of
By any standard, a smash
ing start for the ’70’s! Let’s
keep it up.
PI Employee Stock
To help you keep up with the
amount you pay for Piedmont
stock every month if you’re buy
ing it through payroll deduction
the Piedmonitor publishes this
periodic report of the number of
shares purchased, average price
per share and total investment in
the previous month.
Amount Invested $4,541.00
Number of Full
Shares Purchased 447
Average Price Paid
Per Share $ 10.15