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News about Piedmont. The Up-And-Coming Airline.
Preparations for F28s
A company-wide project
Even though the first F28 isn’t
scheduled for service until April 1,
people in virtually every area at
Piedmont have already begun to
prepare for the new aircraft.
Initial training began this falJ
when 26 employees, hand-picked
for this special project, flew to
Amsterdam to familiarize them
selves with the Fokker aircraft.
Maintenance personnel, pilots,
dispatchers, and ground school
instructors attended classes at
Fokker in their respective fields.
They, in turn, are writing programs
and setting up classes in order to
pass on their expertise to others
“Bringing in a new aircraft is a
big job all the way around," Bill
Hall, director training, INT. said.
“A tremendous amount of work
goes into writing the various pro
grams. First the FAA has to approve
our programs, both the number of
hours required and the subject
material to be taught. Then we can
begin training our people.
"Everyone’s very enthusiastic
about the aircraft,” Hall added. “I
think it will be a moneymaker for
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Fokker instructorArie Verhoef trains
Piedmont pilots Ted Restel (left) and John
Cox in an F28 simulator. Restel is manag
er of the F28 training program and Cox is
an F28 instructor
'S3 a Year
Of Pride ir^
We can look back upon a year of growth and profitability in 1983. These are remarkable
achievements, because we set great tasks and goalsfor ourselves at a time when most
ojour industry was seeking to simply "get along. ’’
We embarked upon a course of growth at the outset of the year. That is not new for
Piedmont But neither is it something that should be takenfor granted. The growth oj an
airline requires planning, txewfacilities, new equipment, and new people. It involves
training and coordination of a wide array of skills, perhaps a wider array than any other
major industry. In sum, our people had to make that growth happen. And you did.
We will end 1983 with well over 11 million passengers served. We will have a fleet of 85
modem jet aircraft in service. We have new general aviation subsidiariesfu actioning
smoothly as part of our team. Our workforce will have grown to afamily of 10,000 dedi
cated men and women. Thesefacts were unimaginable afew years ago. But today they
are as real as your home and yourfamily, and almost as important to us.
You should take pride in these accomplishments, and share that sense of pride with the
fine people who make Piedmont what it is.
There are more and trying challenges ahead of us. We have not come thisfar to stop
and rest on our laurels now. But, working together with concern for one another and our
customers, we will continue to prosper and amaze our industry.
On behalf of your directors and officers, and all yourfellow employees, I wish each of
you and yourfamilies a Merry Christmas and Most Happy New Year.
President and Chief Executive Officer
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