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John Powell, executive director-
Piedmont Aerospace Institute, presents
an Aircraft Maintenance Technician
degree to Neal B. Reece at the Institute's
final graduation ceremony December 21.
More than 200 people attended the cere^
many ac the Holiday Inn-North in Winston-
Salem and heard a graduation address
marking the occasion by T.H. Davis.
Piedmont 's founder and retired chairman
of the board.
The Institute graduated its last class
18 years after its first students arrived in
1966. First opened to train mechanics and
aircraft technicians, the Institute was at
one time the only such school between
Pittsburgh and Miami. Now there are sev
era! such schools and the Institute is clos
ing its doors. As Davis said in his remarks,
"We re extremely proud that these students
selected Piedmont Airlines to do their
Powell has recently been named direc
tor-fuel procurementJor the airline.
Wing their way
To West Coast
This month 20 eighth grade stu
dents from the Charlotte/Mecklen
burg school system are llying to
San Francisco for a “living lesson’’
in United States history and
These students are taking part in
F’iedmont’s ’"Wings for learning"
program which came about as a
result of our new Charlotte San
Francisco service. As part of the
educationaJ exchange program, we
are sending outstanding students
and teacher/escorts from both
Charlotte and San Francisco to the
other city on an till expenses paid
The Charlotte-area students are
leaving for California on February
21. Among the many things they
have asked to see are cable cars,
China Town, Fisherman's Wharf, a
Spanish mission, and Alcatraz.
'l"wenty slxth grade students
from San Francisco will lly to Char
lotte this spring for a tour of several
cities in North Carolina.
More passengers, more reserva
tions, more employees, and more
new aircraft add up to rapid
" rhe 1985 challenge is fewer
injuries and less damage with this
additional growth, ” Jim Swartz,
director-ground safety, said.
To help promote safety, Swartz
has designed a new poster entitled,
’’Safety Spoken Flere ” which is
now displayed across Piedmont’s
‘ The poster is designed to meet
the needs of each individual loca
tion, ” Swarty, said. "The center of
the poster is left blank so that each
station can decide what particular
safety message needs to be
The new safety program will also
be linked with the delivery of the
first 737 300 set for mid-April.
”We particularly want to empha
size to employees the need to be
aware of important safety measures
regarding the handling of our new
aircraft,” Swartz said.
’”What we’re striving for is a
good, safe, on-time performance
throughout the Company.”
lAH Supervisor Wayne Butler has
won Piedmont's TOPS (Total Out
standing Passenger Services)
Award for helping a family of four
trying to get to Charlotte for a
Because of heavy Hooding in the
area, the family’s car had become
Fred Sheets, city sales manager MCO.
ivas chairman of Travel Fair Day during
the city's recent Airline Appreciation Week.
Sheets (third from left) was also on hand
fora reception for over 100 Orlando air
line industry members held at the Hyatt
Regency Grand Cypress Hotel. With him
are II to r) Duane Schultz, district repre
sentative for U.S. Senator Paul Hawkins:
Kitty O'Hara, the Hyatt's travel and incen
tive manager: and Robert Trumble. traffic
office manager for scheduled airlines at
the Naval Training Center
submerged in water as they trav
eled to the airport, and they
missed their flight. The family later
When we arrived at the airport, we were
soaked, had missed our flight and had no
car A terrible situation, especially with two
small babies. Wayne tried to find an alter
nate flight while we changed into dry
clothes. When that didn't work, he took care
of our luggage and called every hotel in the
area trying to find us a place to spend the
Despite theJact that he was obviously
tired due to working a double shift and
had to be back at work early the next
morning, he invited us to spend the night at
his home His wife Sharon, who had lit
tle warning, offered us food and made a
bed. We spent a cornfortable night there
and in the morning Sharon made our
breakfast and took us to catch our flight
which Wayne had already arranged. They
ivould not accept any payment and were
totally charming the entire time.
Piedmont has an exemplary representa
tive in Wayne who has been more than
helpful with your patrons. He represents
Piedmont as the true friendly skies. I hope
that you will always be aware of your out
standing people and can in some way
show your appreciation for their efforts.
To ALPA post
Captain Bob Koontz, GSO, has
been elected executive vice presi
dent of the Air Line Pilots Associa
tion (ALPA). In his new position he
will serve a two-year term on ALPA’s
executive committee, its third
highest governing body.
Koontz. who flies the B-727,
joined Piedmont in 1962. He is a
graduate ofWake Forest University
and served fouryears in the U.S.
Navy as a pilot.
Koontz has been active in ALPA
for many years. He served three
terms as chairman, the highest
elected local union office, of
the Piedmont pilot group, and as
chairman of the group’s negotiat
ing and scheduling committees. He
has also been a member of the
National ALPA Hearing Board.
Going into the hospital?
Self-audit may save money
It's a fact of life; hospital bills are
These mistakes can add up to
substantial amounts of lost money
for f’iedmont and Piedmont
employees. Wliat can you do?
“You can be more aware of health
care costs,” Jane Roberts, supervi
sor-employee benefits, said.
“If you're going into the hospital,
conduct a self-audit so that when
you receive your itemized bill you
can compare it with your own list,”
For example, keep track of all
blood tests, x rays, and medication
you receive. Check your bill closely
to make sure admission and dis
charge dates are correct. Make note
of any therapy you receive or
equipment you take home such as
a cane, walker or crutches.
While there’s no one reason why
mistakes happen, there are some
billing problems common to many
hospitals. In most hospitals, for
example, bills are itemized as doc
tors order tests and medication. If.
for some reason, the tests are never
performed or the medication is
never given, the billing records may
not be updated.
Keypunching errors are another
common hospital billing mistake. A
misplaced decimal point could cost
you a considerable amount of
"Most hospital bill mistakes are a
matter of human error,” Roberts
said, ‘and the problem exists to
some degree in almost eveiy
"It's worth it to take a second look
at your hospital bill. It could save
you money in the long term.”
If you have any questions, con
tact the Employee Benefits Office.
A255 or extension 5524 in