Piedmont Aviation, Inc.
Betsy Allen, Editor
Smith Reynolds Airport
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
of being counted
On April 1, every man, woman and child
living in the United States, Puerto Rico, the
Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa and
the Trust Territories of the Pacific Islands will
That’s the day the Department of Com
merce will start distributing the 1980 Census.
If you live in an urban area, you’ll probably
get your household’s questionnaire in the mail
so that you can fill it out at your convenience
and mail it back to Washington, postage free,
of course. In rural areas, census enumerators
will visit households.
This 10-year census is required under our
country’s Constitution. Its statistics will be
used by public and private interests to chart
the future and to decide how billions of dollars
will be spent for all kinds of services.
All of the specific information gathered in
the questionnaire is kept absolutely secret for
at least 72 years. The answers that you and
your neighbors give are all added together into
statistical totals or grouped, tabulated data.
The numbers, only, tell community planners
how many people need what kinds of services.
Your individual answers are strictly confi
dential. While the original forms are being
processed, only sworn Census Bureau employees
have access to them. Before being destroyed,
they are put on microfilm and maintained in
guarded buildings for 72 years, after which
they are turned over to the National Archives.
Your census form cannot be seen by officials
from the IRS, the FBI, the CIA or the Immigra
tion and Naturalization Service. Your name,
address and social security number (latter not
even requested) will not go into any govern
ment computer. There has never been a case
on record where personal information has been
released by the Bureau of the Census.
Businesses use census information to analyze
buying trends, locate building sites, plan product
lines and estimate markets. Federal, state and
local governments use it to determine ti’ans-
portation needs, housing and educational re
quirements, energy demands, changes in the
labor force and family structure. Census statis
tics also determine the number of congressional
representatives each state should have — the
number is based on population figures.
The Bureau of the Census is counting on
you to stand up and be counted. You can also
help spread the word about the importance of
the decennial census by telling your family,
friends and neighbors how the census findings
are used to help your community.
Fuel going up
That anything even cost $11 million a day
is hard to imagine. That the price of a necessity
is increasing by such an amount is truly mind
The nation’s airlines, through the Air Trans
port Association, have told the Civil Aeronautics
Board that airline fuel costs in 1980 are
expected to average $29 million per day, up
from $18 million a day last year. The carriers’
fuel costs will be an estimated $10.6 billion for
1980, an increase of $4.1 billion compared with
In briefing the CAB on the impact of soaring
fuel costs on air transportation, George W.
James, ATA senior vice president-economics
and finance, said, “Any lag in recovery of these
daily costs has a far-reaching impact on car
riers. For example, a one-week lag in recovering
only the new fuel costs in 1980 results in an
unrecovered cost of $77 million. A one-month
delay would lead to unrecovered costs virtually
equal to the industry’s total earnings of $300
million to $350 million in 1979.”
James also cited for the Board the fuel con
servation programs and other factors through
which the airlines have become more fuel-
efficient. He noted that the airlines last year
carried some 300 million passengers, 50 percent
more than in 1973, but that fuel consumption
increased only about five percent during that
Davis elected to ATA board
Piedmont President T. H. Davis is among the
top executives of 20 airlines who have been
elected to the ATA’s board of directors for 1980.
ATL means $2 billion to Atlanta
The aviation industry at Hartsfield Inter
national contributes about $2 billion to the
metropolitan Atlanta economy, according to a
recent ATA study.
Salaries paid to the 24,138 airport workers
hit $582.8 million annually for an average
$24,000 an employee. Airlines employ 21,198,
the largest single segment, with another 1,140
working in food and drink services, including
But direct salaries are only part of overall
In addition to payrolls, airlines and related
businesses pump large sums of money into the
local economy through rents, taxes, fuel pur
chases and other services.
When this total is coupled with money spent
on advertising, the direct impact of Hartsfield
reaches well above the half-billion dollar mark,
the ATA indicates.
Hartsfield’s indirect economic impact, on
the other hand, is even greater.
According to studies by William A. Schaffer,
professor of economics at Georgia Institute of
Technology, every dollar spent in Atlanta is
recycled to create an additional $2.3 income
putting aviation’s direct and indirect impact at
$2 billion annually.
Fairchild gets Boeing 757 contracts
Fairchild Industries has been awarded three
Boeing 757 contracts. The Germantown, Mary
land firm will produce the lower forward fuse
lage section for the new generation Boeing 757
jetliner as well as the plane’s leading edge
wing slats and the portion of the fuselage above
Fairchild has been producing wing control
surfaces for the Boeing 747 since the mid-
The twin-engine Boeing 757 ■— one of the
company’s entries into the next generation of
commercial jets — is set to make its first flight
in 1982. Delivery of the first plane is scheduled
for early 1983.
The plane went into production last month
with the machining of parts for the landing
$11 million a day
Designed to operate with maximum fuel ef
ficiency, the plane will carry up to 218 pas
sengers for 2,600 miles. If there is a demand,
Boeing plans to extend the range.
Forty-two of the planes have been ordered
— 23 by U. S. airlines and 19 by foreign car
Twin Cities gets London nod
The CAB has selected Minneapolis/St. Paul
as the city to receive wildcard, nonstop service
to London. Northwest Airlines will provide the
service which, under U. S./U. K. bilaterial agree
ments may begin by June 1. The Northwest
certificate will be limited to three years.
Continental gets new ceo
Former Frontier President A. L. Feldman
has become the new chief executive officer of
Continental Airlines. Feldman stepped into the
job held by Robert F. Six for 43 years. Six,
who built his airline from a tiny regional car
rier into one of the major airlines in the world,
will continue as Continental’s chairman of the
board of directors until July 31, 1982, at which
time he will step down but remain as a director.
Glen L. Ryland was named president and
chief executive officer of Frontier.
BAL to become BWI
After many years of trying to change its
code name, the Baltimore-Washington Interna
tional Airport should, by fall, officially be BWI
instead of BAL.
The State of Maryland started its code
change campaign when it renamed Friendship
International Airport in 1973. But the BWI
initials were already in use at a small airport
in New Guinea called Bewani. ,
Maryland went to the U. S. Department of
State, which got the government of New Guinea
to relinquish its right to BWI. The State also
had to overcome other objections, but the prob
lems all seem to have been solved and this
fall, when the International Air Transport As
sociation (lATA) traditionally recognizes new
airport designations, Baltimore will be BWI,
Pan Am may sell building
Pan American World Airways has an
nounced it is considering selling its Pan Am
building in New York.
Pan Am, which has owned the property
since 1978, said it would maintain its head
quarters in the building if the sale goes
through. The company would lease about 400,-
000 square feet as the building’s main tenant.
Miami-London still not final
A Civil Aeronautics Board administrative
law judge has recommended that Eastern get
the Miami-London route being sought by ten
The decision is subject to review by the
entire Board and final approval by the President.
The judge said Eastern should be awarded
the three-year experimental authority because
the carrier offered the best combination of low
fares, good service and increased transatlantic
competition of any of the applicants.
The CAB’s Bureau of International Aviation
had recommended, in January, that Air Florida
be given the route.
Miami-London is currently served by Na
tional Airlines which has been merged into Pan
Am. In approving that merger the Board
allowed Pan Am National to continue flying the
route temporarily until deciding which airline
should have permanent authority. Only one U.S.
flag airline can serve the route under an avia
tion agi’eement with the United Kingdom.
Other carriers applying for Miami-London
authority are Air Florida, American, Braniff,
Delta, Pan Am, Republic, Trans World, Western