Piedmont Aviation Employee Newsletter /
May 1, 1987, edition 1 /
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Send your questions to Piedmonitor Editor, H440, or One Piedmont Plaza,
Winston-Salem, NC 27156-1000.
As Piedmont is a golfing airline and
is a sponsor in the many local golf tourna
ments such as: GGO, Crosby, Henredon,
etc., I’ve seen Piedmont people playing in
the Pro Ams. What is the criteria for
choosing the Piedmont golfers who partic
ipate? Could we open this opportunity to
all Piedmont golfers on a draw basis?
A, The playing spots you refer to are
part of the overall package which in
cludes attendance and participation in
other social events involved with the
tournament. It is the company's feeling
that we benefit most hy having officers or
others from management represent the
company at the events since the par
ticipants from other companies and
sponsors are generally represented by
some of their key personnel.
receiving a teletype saying that someone
had passed away. We did notice that some
one had typed up a message concerning a
pilot who had a heart attack. If this is not
done for everyone, then I don’t see why it
was done for the pilot.
I think that we should put a column
in the Piedmonitor listing any employees
who are severely ill, in the hospital, etc. It
seems to me that telling us that people
are seriously ill would be a lot better than
When a person is seriously ill. sup
port from friends and coworkers can be
very meaningful, and Piedmont employ
ees frequently rally around a coworker
who is sick. But I question whether a col
umn listing seriously ill employees is the
proper approach to take. First, an em
ployee may prefer that his or her illness
be kept confidential. Second, with 22.000
employees now on the payroll, it would
be very difficult to maintain a list. Would
you include everyone out on disability?
What about employees who have family
members seriously ill? Third, it would be
difficult to determine how to define “seri
ously ill." I appreciate your suggestion.
LAX personnel (above) took time out in
April to celebrate Piedmont’s third an
niversary at this popular California desti
nation. Joining together at the party are
(standing, 1 to r) Lou Vazques, lead
avionics technician; Monica Drapcho,
secret£iry; Lou Caamano, operations man
ager; Bill Scudder, lead mechanic; Terri
Loncar, agent; Bill Wysong, station man
ager; and (seated), Wysong’s wife, Janet.
At ROA (left), A1 Kirk (right), flight at
tendant base maneiger, and Pat Boyette,
flight attendant supervisor, get ready to
cut into a cake at a surprise party in
Kirk’s honor commemorating his 30 years
with Piedmont. The ROA and ATL bases
close June 15, £ind the DCA base closed
May 14. Kirk is the manager, and Boyette,
supervisor, at the new BWI base which
opened May 15. Also at BWI where, by
June 15, Piedmont will have 370 flight at-
tendemts, are Freda Phillips, assistant
base mtmager, and supervisors Pat Henry
and Anne Feightner.
Boyette and Kirk
May 1987 • Piedmonitor
Our fleet, as of May 15. includes 62 737 200s. 26 737-
300s, 25 F28-4000S, 20 F28-1000s, and 34 727-200s.
Our first 767-200 arrived May 21 and the second one is
scheduled to come June 3. 'l\vo more 737-300s are
scheduled for delivery on June 30.
The convcrsioii of our lleet to dual-class conliguration
is almost complete. The 737-200s each have 102 coach
and eight first-class seats; the 737-300. 120 coach and
eight first-class; the 727-200s, 137 coach and 12 lirst-
class (e.xcept for the six long-range 727-200s which
have 134 coacii and 12 first-class); the F28-1000s. 54
coach and eight first-class: the F28-4000s. 54 coach and
eight first-class: and the 767-200s, 185 coach and 25
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Piedmont stock (PIE on tlic New York Stock Exchange)
closed April I at 68 118. On April 30. the last trading day
of the month, our stock closed at 66 3/4 compared with
44 1/4 on April 30. 1986. USAir stock (USAirG on the
New York Stock E.xchange) closed at 41 5/8 on April 30.
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Ted Celentino. vice president-computer and com
munications services, has been elected to the board of
directors of Arinc Incorporated and its wholly-owned
subsidiaries, Aeronautical Radio, Inc., and ARINC Re
search Corporation. Aeronautical Radio, Inc. provides
voice and data communications services for a full range
of applications to the air transport industry. Aeronautical
Radio, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Arinc Incor
porated. and ARINC Research Corporation is an engi
neering and management consulting firm.
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If you know someone looking for a great gift idea for a
person 62 years or older, tell him/her about Piedmont’s
new "Senior Discounts” coupons.
Piedmont's new program allows senior citizens to lly to
any city in the United States served by Piedmont. Hen
son. the Piedmont Regional Airline, or the Piedmont
Commuter System for as little as $74 each way. Booklets
of four or eight coupons are available for $348 or $592.
respectively, and each coupon is valid fora one-wtiy trip,
even if that one-way trip involves a connection.
Senior citizens can travel TLiesday through Thursday
and Saturday on some of the lowest fares we’ve ever of-
I'ered. Passengers are required to purchase the coupon
booklet and make their reservations 14 days prior to
departure. The coupons may then be exchanged for a
ticket and boarding pass at the airport on the day of
departure. Coupons may not be used December 16-
Travel on the new discount program must be com
pleted within one year of the date of issue of the booklet,
and the coupon booklet is refundable only if it is returned
in its entirety. The booklets can be purchased at any Pied
mont ticket counter, city ticket office, travel agency, or by
calling reservations at 800/251 -5720.
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The US Olympic Festival, begun in 1978 to give young
American athletes a chance to compete during the three
off years between international games, will be held in
North Carolina this summer, and Piedmont will play a
major role in the festival’s activities.
The festival will begin with a Torch Run on June 20
atop 14,110-foot Pike’s Peak just outside of Colorado
Springs. After a lighting ceremony at the US Olympic
Committee’s monument celebrating American gold
medalists since 1900, the torch will be carried by runners
to the US Olympic lYaining Center for special ceremo
nies then on to DEN. Piedmont will transport the Oame
to Wilmington where, on June 22, runners will carry the
torch on a four-week tour of North Carolina.
The Torch Run, which will average 14-18 hours and
over 100 miles each day, will pass through more than 375
cities, towns and crossroad com muni ties as it traverses at
least 88 of the state’s 100 counties. On July 14, the Torch
Run is scheduled to pass by Piedmont’s corporate head
quarters at One Piedmont F’laza. The Torch Run will end
on July 17 at Raleigh’s Carter-Finley Stadium when run
ners light the Festival Cauldron at about 7:30 p.m.
The games, which run from July 17-26, will draw 232
teams comprising 3,800 top athletes competing in 34 dif
ferent events. Four North Carolina cities—Raleigh, Dur
ham, Chapel Hill, and Greensboro—will host the games
which are expected to draw some 300,000 spectators as
well as 1,200 representatives of the various media. The
festival’s estimated economic impact on the state should
be in the neighborhood of $10 million.
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